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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 producing 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

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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