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Bowmore 18 Year Old

(70cl, 43%)

Bowmore 18 Year Old

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Bowmore 18 Bottling Note

A comparatively recent release from Bowmore, the 18 year old was launched in January of 2007 to replace the 17 year old. A perfumed, fruity offering from the Islay distillery.

Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt

Nose: Pungent, citrus. Stewing fruit, hints of damp wood and a very soft smoke.

Palate: Spirity at first, then gives way to perfume, fruit, plum jam. A good sweetness, peat smoke, grapey.

Finish: Seville marmalade, blossom, dark peat.

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Bowmore 18 Year Old Reviews

A very smooth whisky, with lots of tastes for your taste buds to yearn for more!!

I recon this is the best whisky I have tasted, and, believe me I have tasted a few , it’s mild peaty and yet fruity taste combined with a hint of caramel is just right for me, I would defiantly recommend this whisky.

23rd November 2020


Beautiful. A gift from a mate for my 50th. Very smooth.

28th October 2020


I'm just a redneck from Georgia, USA who enjoys scotch. I ordered this at a trendy restaurant and it was hot sh..tuff! Man, talk about good spirits! If I was in a drinking mood I bet I could suck up half a fifth! Average rating 4 stars? Really!? 5 stars easy! You can't get better than this! You just can't!

25th May 2020


Really smooth, flavour develops beautifully. Just the right amount of smoke

2nd May 2020

My favorite

Smooth, Smokey and peat base
Very enjoyable to drink and enjoy.

24th April 2020

Wonderfully deep and complex with an outstanding, long and pleasant finish.

Beautiful colour, light Smokeyness with a deep thick sweetness. Amazing long, deep finish.
An absolutely amazing dram even for those not keen on Islay malt!

7th November 2019

Really nice

I really enjoyed this very easy to drink creamy and rounded single malt

Lovely colour nose and finish - not corrosive on the throat at all

31st October 2019

One of my favourites

Been buying this for a few years after it was suggested to me as a comparison to the highland 18

18th June 2019

Pleasantly surprised

Cracked this open the other day with a couple of buddies. Nice aroma, soft peat and smoke. Toffee and caramel notes/tastes. Figs and prunes. Very smooth, buttery. I was very pleased.

4th June 2019

Had high expectation, but perhaps too high.

Blistering taste for an 18 year old. Expected it to be smoother. As to the aftertaste, can't taste none. Blast, my uneducated tongue..... It will be quite sad for me to say that I could not taste the difference between this and a 12 year old.

Darn, back to my Lagavulin and Laphroaig.

15th December 2018

Yum yum, same again please

My lovely daughter bought this for my is a wonderfully smooth drink with bucket loads of flavours. The "cigar" overtones are particularly strong but a very refreshing drink as Islay whiskeys always tend to be

10th December 2018

Was expecting better

Disappointing expected better

20th November 2018

Smoked Sherry

Nose - Loads of Sherry exuding berry notes, particularly a dark raspberry conserve, some distant peat smoke and aromatic vanilla

Taste - Sharp sherry sweetness followed by Chocolate and coffee notes which blend together

Finish - Subtle smoke lasts through and raisins with dark cigar notes

Overview - A really great whisky, lose the colouring and bottle at a higher strength and it could have been a new favourite

22nd January 2018

Great stuff

It’s great. It’s excellently balanced and complex, but it needs time. The reason why it may sometimes get a lower score is because it’s 18 years, it looks dark, but it’s just not that intense. Take your time with this and you will truly enjoy and appreciate it.

19th January 2018

Love this

Nicest whisky I've ever had. So peaty, so smokey but still manages to be smooth. A real step up on the 12 (which i also really really like)

8th June 2017


Tasted it yesterday, and I gotta say I was quite disappointed with this dram. While Bowmore 12 and 15 are amongst my favorite, Bowmore 18 has nothing different to offer than the 12. I'm glad I got to try it before I bought the actual bottle (128 CAD). It's worth keeping your money for something else, IMO.

3rd April 2017

Bowmore 18

Islay single malt, smakar fruktigt för att sedan övergå i en tydligare rökig eftersmak än den 12-åriga men svagare än 15-åriga. Vinner på ett par droppar vatten och är den bästa Bowmore jag smakat.

15th November 2016

My favorit

If I have to choose one, this is it!

12th November 2016


I would compare this very close to the lagavulin 16, absolutely brilliant and beautifully balanced from whiff to end, a good friend of mine and myself destroyed a bottle of this in 1 night, it was amazing having begged "perhaps closer to the floor" for more.

24th June 2016

Not for me.

First Islay I ever tasted and like I said not for me. Smells and taste like a sauna is what I compare this to.

1st April 2016

One of my new favorites

It has the good things I like of the heavier Islay scotches, and the things I like about the Glens in one package

12th March 2016

Bowmore 18

I like the 12 year and this tastes kinda like it, more smothiness through. Worth the extra money? hm.. that's up to you! If you want something extra for a holiday and like the 12-year I recommend this for you.

5th January 2016


Many of my recent peak life experiences have been celebrated with the Bowmore 18. I'd have to say that it is my all-time favorite alcoholic beverage. Try it as part of a "whisky flight", starting with Bowmore 15, then the 18, and finally moving on to something dry like Ardbeg Corryvreckan. The experience is very different compared to tasting each individually. The flavors that develop will just blow you away!

17th September 2015

Beautiful Whisky

This is a beautiful whisky. Full, ripe and round with orange, marmalede and hints of smoke. A long finish. Very well balanced. Those critical of this malt don't know a fine whisky or just nicpicking.

13th June 2015

Just Nice

I like the fruit that come through finishing with a lovely smokey taste on the palate.


8th May 2015

Still my favorite.

Surprised that no-one has reviewed the B18 in several months. It was the first Islay that I ever tried several years ago and is still my favorite, though the Lagavulin 16 and Ardbeg Uigeadail are mighty fine! The balance with the B18 is simply incomparable. Maybe perfect, though I'm still hoping to find that magical dram that stands head and shoulders above the rest. I really enjoy reading the negative reviews (for any whisky). Very entertaining. Hard to imagine that we are tasting the same whisky. Also, the B17 is still offered in duty-free shops in airports around the world. Not sure if it the same item as lamented below, but it is great too.

16th April 2015

Mit Farbstoff zur. gewährleistung der Farbgebung

So steht es--vermutlich um Vorschriften in der EU zu erfuellen--nur auf der Flasche, aber nicht auf der Box. Wieviel % steht allerdings nicht. Also Likeur?? Willi Mueller

27th December 2014

Good, but the one it replaces was better, still

I've had a couple of bottles of the old Bowmore 17 this new 18 replaces. I like some peat, but there has to be enough other things going on, too. That's what the Bowmore 17 did... brilliantly. If you like a strongly peated malt, you'll probably prefer the replacement over the 17ywill . Me, however, I'm sad to see the old 17 go. Now, to be clear, this 18y is still a very, very well balanced whisky, but to me, the 17 was sort of a benchmark. There were very little drams that could match the price/quality ratio of the old bottling. Time to look for a new benchmark?

Some notes (it's been ~24 hours, it's as I recall the notes I made):
On the nose, the spirit is very gentle at first: some lemon zest, or rather orange zest, quickly followed by the typical iodine, peat (not as much as I had anticipated, though) and vanilla. Something else, rather refreshing, and surprizing I found was pear.

Take a sip and at first (like half a second or so) there's no hint of peat. Just a load of fruits pop into your head: peach, mango, black-current even some raspberry and at one point, I thought I got some banana, too.
These fruits are then overcast with smokey, toffee and dark chocolate, along with vanilla. I wouldn't be surprized to learn that for this particular batch, they cracked open a cask of age 20+

After a couple of minutes, comes the point I looked forwared to the most. The old 17 had this really strong floral note (some notes on-line mention "blossom", others call it "soapy"). To me, it tastes of "Love-in-idleness" (viola/violettes), the flowers. The dark chocolate aroma subsides a bit, and becomes sweeter. The mouth-feel is silky smooth and warm, but again here: there's a really refreshing taste, too (lemon again?)

Other things I remember jotting down (I may have scratched them out seconds later) were: black pepper, white chocolate mouse (oily, egg yolk, lots of sugar => sticky sweetness), ginger, smoked meat/BBQ

Now, the initial question was: time to look for a new bench-mark?
Sort of: amoungst the island whiskies, the Bowmore 18 (and the Lagavulin 16) still reign supreme within their price brackets. On the scottish mainland, though, the Highland Park 18, and the surprizingly charming The Glenlivet Nadurra and Glenfarclass 105 are just too much.
Where the Bowmore 17 may have been less well balanced, it had this distinct character that made it stand out and feel like a very special drink. The bowmore 18 feels just too balanced. It's like a Buddhist Monk: you can't argue with them. They're at peace, balanced. I'd rather go into an argument with someone a little less perfect...

9th October 2013

Reminds me of a good American bourbon (corrected)

Reminds me of American bourbon, not exactly a compliment, as I don't like those oily, floral notes of bourbons. On the nose,I found this is fairly peaty, which surprised me since I detected little on the palate. On the palate, it's perfumy, floral, oily. I struggle to rate this, as I feel it's probably considered a pretty well-made whisky, but it isn't my passion. I much prefer the Bowmore 15-year "Darkest" which has none of the bourbon feel and tastes more like an Islay Scotch whisky. This tastes nothing like an Islay Scotch whisky.

21st February 2013

Reminds me of a good American Bourbon

Reminds me of a (good) American bourbon. Not exactly a compliment, as I don't like those oily, floral notes of bourbons. On the nose,I found this is fairly peaty, since I detected little on the palate. On the palate, perfumy, floral, oily. I struggle to rate this, as I feel it's probably considered a pretty well-made whisky, but it isn't my passion. I am a fan of the Bowmore 15-year "Darkest" which has none of the bourbon feel and tastes more like a Islay Scotch whisky.

21st February 2013

No more Bowmore

Again those smoked apple juice notes. Toffee dull and thin on palate. No more Bowmore for me (after 12, 15 and 18 yo).

29th August 2012

Bowmore, 18 years old.

This is a really nice dram. Personally, I prefer other types of whisky to the Islay malts, but for an Islay, this is one of the best I have tasted thus far.

The alcohol is the first on the nose, then comes the peat and smoke. After this, the taste is still peat and smoke but then the whisky becomes sweeter and quite fruity.

Excellent for an Islay!

21st May 2012

Fabulous !

This is one of my favorite Scotch from Islay.

10th January 2012

tony kg5 whisky club.

many of our members are into the bowmore style,this for the money, is in our opinion the best.the tasting notes are spot on.

30th July 2011

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