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08 Jul 2010

Bowmore 25 Years old (Feis Ile 2010)

Tasting notes by Ruben Luyten - Posted in Bowmore

This year at Feis Ile, Bowmore had a hand signed re-packaged version of the pleasant Bowmore Tempest, as well as a 25th Anniversary bottling. It was a 25 year-old at cask strength. Only 100 bottles were bottled and the actual number available to the public was even lower, around 60. This whisky was aged in the n°1 vaults, under sea level.

25 years old means it was distilled in the first half of the 1980’s. Oh-oh


Bowmore 25yo Feis Ile Bowmore 25 yo
(53,1%, OB 2010, Feis Ile, 100 btl.)

Nose: very maritime with notes of sea breeze and wet hay. Quite some iodine as well. Mild peat smoke. This is backed by some sherry influence (dried fruits) and mint. A rather promising nose, even with faint hints of parma violets. Mouth: well there you have it. Soap, and quite a lot of it! Violet candy. Geraniums. Lavender. A typical 1980’s Bowmore profile that we’re not too fond of. Quite peppery as well and few citrus notes. Finish: still very candied and soapy, with a salty edge and citrus.

Yet another typical 1980’s Bowmore although on the nose it’s masked almost completely. Originally around € 400, now being sold for € 600-700. Not worth it from a quality point of view, but interesting as a collectors item.

Score: 68/100

Bowmore 25 Years old (Feis Ile 2010) 1 Ruben Luyten 2010-07-08
  • aw

    They can’t quite get it right, Bowmore. You’re right – Tempest is pleasant, but little more than that. And having an uninspiring yet expensive 25yo Feis Ile bottling isn’t very encouraging. Last October they had loads and loads of that year’s Feis Ile (a 9 yo?) hanging around in the distillery shop that obviously no-one wanted to buy.

    I can’t say that I’ve ever had a really great Bowmore, not for the want of trying. If anyone can point me in the direction of a really great (but not _too_ expensive) expression that’s readily available, I’d be grateful.

  • Ruben

    Most younger Bowmores are good and sometimes excellent (1993/1995 seem to be particularly good distillation years – several IB’s have them). I think only the 1980’s production is a bit problematic – in a few years these problems will be gone.

  • Gal

    rather bad for that amount of money.
    I do have the tempest, and think it’s Ok but not more.
    for the same amount of money i can get far better islays or any other malts…
    i do regret buying the tempest from time to time…
    poor bowmore.

  • MARS

    I have to disagree for the tempest. Still have to find better islay whisky at this price(if any islay at this price at all).
    37€ for a ten year cask strenght is definitively a very good price.

    I must say that I don’t like a lot islay whisky (ardbeg and lagavulin particulary). And all the bowmore I tryed were pretty good (still, I didn’t try any from the 80’s)
    I think it is more a matter of taste.

  • Ruben

    I think you’re right Mars, it’s a matter of taste. If you want Islay malts with heavy phenolic peat, then Bowmore will probably never really satisfy you, but that doesn’t mean it’s not good.
    I think Laphroaig 10yo CS, Bowmore Tempest and Ardbeg Ten have the best price/quality ratio of Islay (all three around € 40-50 here in Belgium).

  • Marc M

    Yes those nasty Bowmores from the 80th. I had lately the 21-Port and it had as well that parfumed grape-sugar tast.
    One Bowmore I can recommend is the 1991 Port Matured: Bowmore, smoke and those heavy fruits from the port. A combination a really liked when I tasted it 2008 – curious if that impression will stand when I open the next bottle.



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