Bowmore 18 Year Old (2022)

Bowmore 18 Year Old (2022)

I already reviewed Bowmore 18 Years four years ago, but since then it received a reworked label design. It never hurts revisiting some classics once in a while. It is a combination of ex-bourbon and Oloroso casks.


Bowmore 18 yo (43%, OB +/- 2022)

Nose: a nice mix of smoke and chocolate. Warm ashes, mingling with brown sugar, blackberry and raspberry jam and nice tobacco notes. Dry seaweed and orange peels underneath. A little vanilla. Leathery notes as well. In the end a hint of sweetened black tea appears.

Mouth: a fruity side at first (blackcurrants, dark plums, raisins) with a slightly floral and mentholated freshness. Nothing perfumy though, in case you started to be afraid. Then more chocolate hints and an orange peel note. Mid-palate it is lacking a bit of punch but there’s reasonable peat and depth. Oily notes towards the end.

Finish: medium length, with more ashy notes, orange peels, raisins and cocoa.

A nicely balanced Islay whisky, though perhaps too gentle for some due to the modest ABV. Better than I remembered in any case. A good choice if you’re looking for something smoky with sherry influence. Available from The Whisky Exchange and Master of Malt among others.