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Released in 2016, this is a well-Sherried single malt from the Bowmore distillery on the Isle of Islay. Whiskies matured in both bourbon and Sherry casks were used for this release, and Bowmore's distinctive smokiness still shines through.
Producer's Tasting Note:
Nose: Breathe in rich cocoa, pepper and raisins balanced with citrus tang and wisps of Islay smoke.
Palate: Complex sherry with peat smoke followed by dark fruits and sweet crème caramel.
Finish: Savour the perfect balance of sea salt and peat smoke.
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Bought this at what I thought was a reasonable price, but paying £5 would have been too much in hindsight. Sherry, peat, smoke all there, but it just doesn't work, terrible industrial aftertaste that's hard to describe. Avoid!
14th April 2017
This is pretty different from your standard whisky. I like it becaue it is a peated sherry influenced whisky. I managed to get this very cheaply in a supermarket but will be happy to pay the price on here for it as its unique. Would definitely consider older peated sherry influenced bowmore. Also well done for putting age on it.
22nd March 2017
Decent Enough, Just not what i thought it would be.
3rd March 2017
Not sure why this is getting good reviews, it's not good, there are a lot better available, in the same price range or cheaper & I could name a good half a dozen blended as well.
23rd February 2017
Strange at first taste, maybe even not good.... but I just finish my bottle and ready to buy another one of this DIFFERENT sherry cask expression .
17th February 2017
Soft and gently smoky. Plenty of sherry sweetness. Eminently drinkable for the price.
1st February 2017
This is my first Bowmore (certainly not my first Islay though). I do smell and taste the Sherry influence. On the smell you don't get much smoke, but on the taste you definatly get smoke ('campfire/ashtray'). So, the combination of sherry/smoke is present and not bad at all. Is it as good as a Lagavulin or Ardbeg or Laphroaig.. No. I wouldn't pay 40 euro for it, but at €25 it is in the sweet spot. Then i should buy it again.
28th January 2017
Very good stuff...
8th January 2017
I can see why people give it 2/3 stars. But as a young guy of 20 this is pretty experimental! I really enjoy the sherry combined with the smoke. It reminds me of those christmas nights while its warm inside but cold outside! If you are a budget whisky explorer as I am at this moment than you should give this a try! But if you could,, buy the 15 yo darkest
20th December 2016
For the age statement and under 30$ make this a great everyday dram spot on sherry peat brine and
18th December 2016
there is something very wrong with this whisky ! not good at all , cheap yes , but still dont waste your money on this , be warned
17th December 2016
Not the best from Bowmore.. Disappointed to be honest
16th December 2016
Forgot to add a rating and to say that I found the smokiness barely a gesture, if at all, with the caramel dominant.
10th December 2016
Got this for £20 at Asda. What more could you ask? Quite a lot actually. For £20 you can find much better, and that's pretty damning. It's hard to know what Bowmore is thinking here. This is not a patch on the 12yo or the Tempest, regardless of the cost. If Bowmore wants to release a killer sherry edition it should concentrate on getting the Darkest 15yo right and leave the budget market well alone to those who do it far better. Ultra bland, at best.
I like it
9th December 2016
Has the rich smoke expected in bowmore and plenty of flavour and mouthfeel for a 40% malt. It lacks the rich sweetness of the 15 yo darkest meaning it is unbalanced and quite dry. It is also worryingly as dark as the 15yo even though it is weaker and younger...
9th November 2016
So well balanced. I was reminded of the 15 YO Bowmore and also the 12 YO, thinking this is somewhere in-between but not as sweet as the 12. The dram is dry and has a medium to long finish. Just washing a good size slug of it round the taste buds reveals sumptuous complexity of sherry, peat smoke and oak.
14th October 2016