Scotch Single Malt - Islay - 2013
International Wine & Spirit Competition
Insider knowledge: Bowmore 15 Year Old Darkest whisky is named whisky by virtue of the fact it's from Scotland. If distilled in America the spelling would be Bowmore 15 Year Old Darkest whiskey, as opposed to whisky.
Nose: Dark and punchy. Sherry notes, juicy Corinth raisins. Spices. Creamy, mochaccino, sweet dates.
Palate: Rich, woody, pine oil. Syrupy. Lovely, creamy toffee and malt. Smoky.
Finish: Spicy, toffee, sherry, barley.
I was expecting a bit more from this compared to other smoked whisky of Islay.
However still stands quite good to me.
19th March 2014
Completly awsome compared to the Bowmore 12 yo, which is horrible
14th November 2013
Whereas Bowmore 15 will not necessarily make your eyes water upon first swill like Lagavulin with its almost overly robust peaty taste, it (Bowmore) does deliver a smoother, more velvet-like, slower after-burn that lingers on the palate. I thoroughly enjoy the rough-hewn experience of Lagavulin in the winter - nothing else warms and satisfies like it. I enjoy it and any good Islay Single Malt for the same reasons my wife and I enjoy a very hardy Cabernet - a libation can't be too robust given a chill in the air. That said, I've grown weary of chasing the increasingly over-bid price of Lagavulin 16 and the abject mishandling of the supply by the distillery (which was probably by design to drive-up the pricing). So, following the counsel of the Dining Room Manager at my club, I tried Bowmore 15 as a viable substitute-come-rival of Lagavulin - AND, I've not been disappointed. It's a good Islay Single Malt worth the modest increase in price. And as with most Single Malts, it couples well with a good cigar. Cheers!
7th October 2013
Sick of spending 100.00 plus on bottles of Lagavulin, try Bowmore Darkest... I was looking for a cheaper alternative and I want to tell you... This really gives the more expensive Lagavulin 16 a run for its money... Depending on your taste it's as good or better.. definitely a smoother finish...You just can't go wrong here..
24th September 2013
My first impression of this was not great as I thought the sherry character was quite aggressive but now I've familiarised myself with it I think this is a superb whisky. There is plenty of smoke up front then the wonderfully rich body takes over, then the smoke returns for the finish, it’s quite unlike anything I've had before. Huge flavour and complexity, brilliant.
6th September 2013
The notorious smoked apple juice theme meets sickeningly sweet sherried malt. What a horror show! I'll stay with other Islay malts.
5th August 2013
Smoking cedar, plum, and clove. The aroma adds very dark chocolate candy, with toffee, vanilla, and cinnamon. The palate adds sour cherry. A very complex melange that delights the senses, especially at cooler temperature.
4th August 2013
That's right; a spice and fiery number until the flames calm down to singed orange peel, dense fruitcake and burned bonfire toffee. A dangerous night on a Scottish hillside bursts with flames of bracken. Not to be trifled with. Until the clinkers cool, ash and spread with molasses, ending as currants coated with caramel.
30th May 2013
Nice smoked and woody whisky. I also love the colour a lot.
Although I find it a little to pricy for what it is.
13th April 2011
11th December 2010
Just one thing to say...just lovely!
7th September 2010