Review No.158. Bowmore 15

So another Bowmore, the 15 this time following on from my previous post on the 12 year old.  This 15 year old is quite a popular single malt and is highly rated amongst those that chatter online.  The 15 year old is of course 3 years older than the 12 and is bottled at a slightly higher strength of 43% which I felt the 12 year old could benefit from.  Those extra 3 years are spent in oloroso sherry casks so I would expect more intense fruit flavours compared to the 12 year old.


Whisky: Bowmore 15 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky, 43%

Nose: Spiced orange, tropical fruit, salt, peat, fudge, raisins, red fruits, leather, TCP

Taste: Burnt rubber, peat, mulled wine, orange, ash, roasted nuts, leather, vanilla, cinnamon

Finish: Roasted nuts and dry

Score: 3

Summary: The extra 3 years in oloroso sherry casks brings out more of the spiced fruit flavours with some tropical fruit flavours like that found in Amrut Fusion.  There is some complexity to this shown through the mix of ashy peat, spice, coastal and bourbon notes such as vanilla and cinnamon.  However, I think this can get a bit too sickly sweet and I can only enjoy this in small quantities, I wasn’t reaching out for more.  This is quite an interesting single malt but due to my fussiness when it comes to peated whiskies this is one that I need to be in the mood for in order to enjoy it.


Scoring scale: My scores reflect a balance of the overall experience, availability and cost for a whisky,

1 – not to my preference

2 – tastes fine but does not excite me

3 – more to my liking and would revisit occasionally

4 – very much to my liking and would consider as a regular feature on my whisky shelf

5 – permanent feature on my whisky shelf


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