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Bowmore 25 Years Old, 43% ABV


We recently had the pleasure of attending an event hosted by Bowmore and Beam Suntory, and got the opportunity to explore some amazing Bowmore expressions from 22 years onwards, including this 25-year-old Bowmore.

The spirit had been matured in a combination of European oak Sherry-seasoned casks and American oak ex-Bourbon casks filled in 1991 and 1992.

Let's taste it.

Bowmore 25 Years Old, 43% ABV – Review

European Oak Sherry and American Bourbon Casks



Colour: Caramel.

Nose: Aromatic yet mellow in an elegant way. Opens with sweet grapefruits and blood oranges, and the syrupy richness of strawberry jam and thick honey. The peat influence here is minimal, making the whisky resemble sweet tea, tobacco, and strong espresso more so than a heavily peated whisky. There's also a subtle hint of Islay iodine and salinity.

Palate: Sweet and rich, yet approachable and clean, albeit slightly thinner in body than I expected. It leans towards the profile of a sweet wine, with notes of raisins, prunes, and honey and once again blood orange. There's a gentle ashiness present, alongside a blend of baking spices such as anise, cinnamon, and pepper, which add depth without overwhelming.

Finish: The finish brings a mild ashiness to the forefront, with a fading pepperiness and a hint of sweet soy sauce.



My Thoughts:

This expression is complex, well-balanced and highly drinkable - it’s an ideal choice for new whisky drinkers who can afford it. That said, it may not cater to all preferences, especially if you’re one of those high proof lovers who prefer the intensity of cask strength whiskies.

Interestingly, pairing this whisky with grilled miso chutoro tuna really enhances its sweet and savoury character and complements the overall flavour profile.

My Rating: 7/10


Suggested Dish Pairing: Seared Bluefin Tuna Chutoro with Miso Sauce