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Bowmore 15 Year Old Darkest

(70cl, 43.0%)
Bowmore 15 Year Old Darkest
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(33 Reviews)
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Bowmore Darkest 15 Bottling Note

A 15 year old released in January of 2007 from the legendary Bowmore distillery in Islay. This single malt has enjoyed maturation in Oloroso sherry casks.

Bowmore Darkest 15 (3cl Sample)
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Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt

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.

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User Reviews of the Bowmore 15 Year Old Darkest

Compared favourably to Lagavulin Distillers Edition

Lagavulin Distillers Edition is one of my favourite whiskies. This is a very similar dram at £20 less, so outstanding value. Not exactly the same, I'd say the sherry in this is a bit more forward, and with a little less medicinal peaty / iodine tang. But very similar and equally enjoyable in its own right.

5th May 2016

Lovely dram

Sweet and Bowmore smoky. Lovely

25th March 2016


Best I've tried. Like I just tasted the earth of the old country.

28th February 2016

Needs less Sherry

It's nice but let's not forget that dark color sells whisky ... so i understand it from a marketing perspective. 'd love to see Bowmore take leadership on Islay for a back to the basics approach ... less sherry ... and no artificial colorings on islay!!! ... love to see a "Seaside offering" with max iodine.

This is a good whisky ... but they are trying too hard for the color from the sherry casks.

14th January 2016

Nah, not a good bowmore.

A disappointment!
After tasting both 12 and 18 I gotta say both of them are better then this. I think this one have more peat, which I like but I don't think the peat fits with the other tastes of this whiskey..

Tyvärr den sämsta whiskyn utav Bowmore jag smakat då dess starka röksmak inte går ihop med dess andra smaker, ingen nödvändigtvis dålig whisky men alldeles för dyr. Luktar väldigt gott för övrigt, så lite lurad blir man allt.

5th January 2016

Way too sweetened

Total disappointment after even Laphroaig 12.

5th January 2016

Pretty Good Dram.

Toffee, Raisins and Peat and Salted Butter ... in that order. I wish the finish was longer and with more iodine like the 12 yr. Personal preference but, i like the oily and iodine and medicinal. For a 15 i expected more wow. Reminds me a little of a Macallan 12 with Peat.

23rd December 2015

sooooo underated.

If you like to keep an open mind on different drams this will not disappoint, if your a islay person, or a speyside guy, even a highland or lowland kinda person it offers something to everybody mentioned. is it an ardbeg? no, is it a glenfarclas? no, is it a ancnoc 16? no, my point being is that everybody has their one trick ponies that they go to because they do exactly what is stated on the tin, what they are known for. but if you want to have something that can do all of them and do it reasonably decent then this is it. it has your peat and smoke, it has fruit sweetness and sherry, it has malt and oak, everything really to please all and does it good. an all round good jack of all trades. lovely...

21st December 2015

From the Lagavulin to the Bowmore 15 Darkest. Better than i expected...

I have been drinking the Lagavulin 16 for a while now and I found it difficult to appreciate another peated whisky as I liked the Lagavulin. but I finally found something comparable. I cant say its "better", but it's definitely "comparable". Lagavulin as the "explosive peated BBQ sauce punch" and the Bowmore Darkest as a "sweeter sauce" effect on the pallet. Overall, its true that there is still a gap of quality and complexity between these two bottles but its still a cheaper and sweeter version of the Lagavulin. And to be honest, i found that Lagavulin quality is dropping over past years... which is the opposite of Bowmore. In conclusion, you wont throw your Lagavulin away for this one but its worth giving it a try. And depending of what you are looking for (powerful or sweeter), you should probably appreciate this bottle.

17th October 2015

Easy to Love...

Superb balance,well, maybe erring alittle on the sweet side. A looooong finish with hints of sea salt and toffee."Slightly" less oily than Lagavulin and less money!My new house whiskey!

16th September 2015

It is fun to feel dirty!

In response to "The Whore of Islay"; it is true this one is considerably sweeter than most Islays, but my cabinet has space for many different whiskies. Sometimes I want it dry, peaty, and smoky. Sometimes I want it full and sweet to swirl and sip. If I should feel dirty about buying this delightful whisky then let it be so! Sometimes it is fun to feel dirty!

16th April 2015

Well Balanced

Wonderfully sherried and perfectly smoked, smooth from start to finish!

From a neat pour the nose lends beautiful peat smoke, wet earth, campfire ash, and salty coastal notes. After it opened up, sweeter notes like pumpkin pie and golden raisins came thru. The palate is silky, with hints of salted butter, wood, and smoke. The finish is relatively short, but it is best described as spiced caramel with a wonderful transition back to the coastal saltiness and smoke.

I didn't care for the Bowmore 12 as it's heavy iodine, antiseptic, sterile notes were too much for me. However, while some may disagree, the longer aging and sherry casks makes this a well-balanced peated Islay malt.

If you're not into heavy peat and prefer more sherry notes, this is the perfect way to test the waters. Grab a sample from the chaps at Master of Malt!

26th February 2015

The Whore of Islay

This isn't bad, but for an Islay, it's totally an Islay dressed up in a sherry finish, with distillers suppressing her smokey origins. It's actually not bad as a drink for those who aren't particular, but for those who care, you should feel a little dirty buying this one.

23rd February 2015


The Sherry Cask finish makes this the best of the Bowmore collection.

23rd January 2015

Smoky sweet

Perfect blend of smoke and sweet. A very smooth whisky. Seamless transition from the nose to palate, finishing with a spicy kick at the end.

25th December 2014

Winter Cracker !

Sherried, smoked- drenched treacle toffee. Superb autumn & winter whisky. Good match for Lagavulin 16. Joint top-of-the-tree for sherried Islay- whiskies.

1st November 2014

Moorish whisky

great whisky lovely sumptuous moorish notes

15th October 2014

Go To

Nose of lush fruit,raisin, rum and heath bars. SHERRY, citrus and wood spices come through with peat embers that linger on the finish. How could you not appreciate this?

27th September 2014


One cannot in any way compare this with Lagavulin. This is basically one more boring, overpriced whiskey. Move on.

21st August 2014

Fantastic value

For the price this one is fantastic.

9th August 2014

Average Whisky

I was disappointed after reading the reviews on this. Weak spices and lacked the oily/ syrup finish described.
At this price far too pricey. There is a mild sulphur after taste , average quality which should be reflected in the price.

7th July 2014

Not Bad - Pricey

Not a bad whisky, but for this price, I think there a better drams out there. Unless you really love that unique Bowmore character, get a sample and move on.

30th April 2014

Good enough

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

Good whisky

Completly awsome compared to the Bowmore 12 yo, which is horrible

14th November 2013

Agreed - Bowmore 15 is comparable to Lagavulin 16

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

Cheaper and Comparable to Lagavulin

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

Bowmore 15

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

Another substandard Bowmore

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

Complex; Deep

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

An over complicated but well tasty firestorm.

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

Not bad

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

another bowmore classic


11th December 2010


Just one thing to say...just lovely!

7th September 2010

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