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Bowmore No.1

(70cl, 40%)

Bowmore No.1

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Bowmore No.1 Bottling Note

Bowmore No.1 is produced using single malt Scotch whisky drawn exclusively from first-fill bourbon casks, imparting a creamy sweetness which blends well with the robust Islay smoke that Bowmore is known for.

Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt

Nose: Nutella on brown bread, sea salt and a hint of lemon zest.

Palate: Vanilla notes are up front and sweet (though earthy vanilla pod does appear after a minute). Plenty of coastal peat smoke.

Finish: Lingering smokiness.

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Bowmore No.1 Reviews

Does the trick

Very smooth. Peat smoke is a fantastic finish.

22nd June 2019


As above, you either like Islay whisky,and the inherent smokiness, or you don’t, it’s not for everyone. I love it.

21st June 2019

Not a good one ...

Thoroughly disappointing. Smell is offensive. Taste not much better. Like a cheap night out at a dodgy pub.

21st May 2019

Very disappointing

I bought this whiskey based on other reviews praising its smokey and peaty values. However I found the flavour rather unpleasant and synthetic. It honestly tastes like someone poured disinfectant in the cask! I suspect Bowmore just throw a smoke bomb on a spirit of no age in an attempt to create a whiskey of depth and character!

23rd March 2019


I found this whisky at the local supermarket paid 29 Euro.
I took also a Laphroaig Select another NAS for 35 Euro.
The Bowmore is surprisingly better than the Bowmore 10yo.
Round, sweet and very simple Whisky.
The Laphroaig is a faded copy of the real Laphroaig.
Yes there is a lot of peat smoke inside but ...

8th February 2019

Dull and overpriced

I found this for less than £20 in the end. I was really disappointed. A nice amount of smoke but really lacks body. A little water did not open it up either.

8th December 2018

Good enough for a low-cost whisky. Adjust expectations accordingly.

Face it, this is one of those low-cost supermarket malts for people who don't go out their way to get really nice whiskies but want to have a whisky collection. That's why it's getting such mixed reviews. It's not a great Bowmore, but it is pretty firey and kind of smokey, and that is more than can be said for most budget supermarket whiskies. I got it on offer for £25, which seems fair enough.

24th August 2018

All Smoke and No Fire!

Since starting my low carb diet, I have become both reacquainted with and, once again, addicted to whisky. I have enjoyed many a dram but, of all, Bowmore No.1 is the worst. It is appalling. Initially you you get, on both the nose and in the mouth, a smokiness that kids you into thinking it will evolve into a rich and full Lagavulin 16... but alas, no, that's it; there is nothing further other than a faint synthetic sourness as it disappears down your throat. It tastes like sucking your leather belt. Now, may great Islays start this way before developing into a multitude of wonderful flavours. This one, however, just tastes like sucking your belt!

10th July 2018

Is this a Bowmore

Tastes like a sweet Bowmore Legend.
The price tag is quite high if you look at the quality.
The nose is quite inoffensive, vaguely salty and on citrus side.
mouth is quite sweet, iodine and a bit smoky.
final is short, drying and fading very quickly.
As anecdotic as Laphroaig select. Consensual Bowmore wanna be? Where is the punch? Where is the peppery side? Where is Bowmore?
The Legend, even a bit watery, is still keeping the distillery signature. This one not. In the line of the meh 9 years old and the ridiculous Darkest 15...

2nd June 2018

My no. 1

An new whisky with complex notes of vanilla, citrus and hints of smoke. For the price, it has become my go to daily dram. Cheers.

15th May 2018

A solid drinkable whisky

A pleasant surprise - a great whisky with a good balance of flavours. Yes it’s NAS, but at this price point it’s inevitable perhaps these days - but this is a good well-rounded whisky and a cut above the rest and with simple strong understated branding in contrast to some of the nonsense elsewhere.

6th May 2018

Bitter and synthetic tasting

Bitter and synthetic tasting

7th April 2018

My go to Whisky choice.

Probably my favourite Whisky so far.
I keep buying new Whisky but ultimately still end up back on this one.

2nd March 2018

NAS not for me

Vile liquor should be offered to the drain. Absolutely no redeeming factors. Do yourself a favour with a Bushmills or a Jameson

31st January 2018


I got given this by mistake as I was expecting a Bowmore 12 y.o
My disappointment in getting the wrong bottle seemed to affect my first tasting as I thought it was harsh and lacking the subtlety of 12 y.o, but repeated samplings firmly changed my mind. It's a great addition to the Bowmore range, whisky that manages to combine creamy caramel, vanilla and smoky undertones to perfection. It probably won't replace 15 y.o. as my go to malt, but at less than £30 a bottle it will keep me well away from supermarket own labels.

28th January 2018

One of the better NAS whiskies I've tried.

in the price range here in Italy (25 euros) it can't be beat. I was a bit worried about trying it, but it's a lovely luxurious whisky that goes very well on a dark and stormy autumn night. It's no laphroaig 10, but it's certainly nicer than the Laphroaig Select NAS.

11th September 2017


Don't tell me this is replacing the Bowmore 12yo as a NAS.

29th August 2017

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