Bowmore 18
Added on Thursday, Jul 24, 2008 at 08:49 PM
  Bottler: OB
  Age: 18 yrs Type: Scotch
  Vintage: N/A Subtype: Single Malt
  ABV: 43.00 % Region: Islay
  Price: $85 Availability: Wide
Member Ratings and Notes
N: Big nose, burnt sugar, peat, sherry, caramel, lots going on.
P: Lots of smoke, smoked meats, burnt bacon fat, sherry, salt.
F: Medium length, smoke dominates. 
Peat smoke announcement in the nose.  Smoke dominates the palate, though a somewhat milder type of smoke.  It's rounded out with malty/spice/sweet flavors.  This continues into the medium-long finish.  In some ways this is essentially a less "offensive" replacement for the 17 year.  Overall, a good peated malt, and it grows on me the more I drink.  Yum. 

A whole lot more sugary than I expected.  I have always thought that Bowmore does the best at combining peat and sherry into something that works well for both.  This one didn't exceed any expectations but it also didn't miss the mark.


The peat is nicely subdued by the sherry influence and both mix well for a burnt sugar or burnt marshmellow taste (in a good way).  Maybe I am jaded lately but 43% just isnt hot enough anymore.  This could have had some more bite.


The finish is long on salt and mints with some cigar smoke after everything else is gone.  This could easily be a B the next time I try it.  It only just made the B+ category.

Medicinal. Lemon custard and dried flower petals.   Could be juice from tired casks because there is a good amount of mustiness to it.

Good texture that dries out mid palate. Loads of ash and smoke.  Finish has floral soapy (FWP) notes 

n:  New rubber bands + funk.


p:  Lemon, salt, and dried leaves.  Hint of lavendar added in the finish. 

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