Review: Bowmore Aged 15 Years Single Malt Scotch Whisky (Bottled ~1996) / by Jason Hambrey

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15 Years
100% Malted Barley
Distiller Bowmore (Bowmore, Scotland)

This is an older bottle of Bowmore - bought in France in the last 1990s. I was curious to see how it compared to the modern 15 Year Old - it is very different.

Review (2019)

  • Batch: N/A

  • Bottling Code: L514 285K 12:06

  • Bottling Date: ~1996

Sweet and dusty on the nose, with light smoke, dried blueberries, dried cherries, and some white pepper. Ashy smoke. The palate has smoke at the centre, almost a bitter smoke, with mixed smoked meats, baking spice, and some oat cakes. Smoky, lingering finish. It’s together pretty well, and doesn’t have the weird floral notes in the 12 year old and the legend in this box set. There are nice nutty, dried fruit notes too. Very nice!

But, not as good as the modern stuff still, I don’t think.

Recommended (82% of whiskies I’ve reviewed to date get this recommendation or higher).

Value: N/A.