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Bowmore Darkest Sherry Cask Finish

Average score from 3 reviews and 16 ratings 83

Bowmore Darkest Sherry Cask Finish

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  • Brand: Bowmore
  • Bottler: Distillery Bottling
  • ABV: 43.0%

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Bowmore Darkest Sherry Cask Finish

Firstly I should probably make it abundantly clear that these notes relate to the Bowmore Darkest from the "old" series, which had no age statement on the bottle and was - as the name suggests - quite a dark coloured whisky.

The first thing you notice is of course the colour - a sort of attention-grabbing deep auburn. If this was the colour of a girl's hair you'd probably find yourself trying to ask her a question, even if you couldn't think of anything to say.

It's difficult not to be drawn in by the colour and say that it smells of chocolate, however if it is it's that chocolate with raisins & a dab of rum in it. In a hospital. You know there's medicinal elements out there, but you can't take your eyes off the chocolate. A waft of mothballs - perhaps nanna's come to visit?

I find myself wondering if water's gotten into this bottle, because it doesn't drink like 43%. So gentle, and thinner than the sherry-like appearance would have you imagine. Dark, burnt flavours play on the tongue, accompanied by the iodiney, briny backing note of Bowmore. As you swallow you feel like all the heavy, sweet flavours are going to encamp on your tongue, and then they disappear off with the liquid.

After the last drop of whisky has cleared the tastey-sniffy-cavity (you get a bit sick of looking for similes, don't you?) you realise that despite the watery sensation from before we've now got a dry and slightly salty finish, with a light tingly spice dusting and a whiff of cocoa. And there's the aftertaste of a little peat, as if to say "I was here! Why didn't you notice me before?!". Some bitterness creeps in also, leaving you wondering whether you had dark chocolate or not.

Not an overpowering whisky, and you've got to be in the right mood to drink it, but quite a distinctive style and a useful stepping stone for the Bowmore range to cross.

Excellent review as always Jason B. Standing. I'm a sucker for Bowmore Darkest, it is a very reddy copper colour, nice looking in the glass.

Well reviewed Sir, a fair score.


This pale gold dram is very creamy and the legs in the glass are stunning. A good sign.

The nose is deliciously complex. After the initial peat is a whole scala of dark fruits (berries, prumes), a touch of liquorice and something that reminds me of cough syrup.

On the palate you get a wonderful continuation of the nose with a full and rich mouthfeel, nicely peppered and yet mouthwateringly sweet. There is even some marzipan in there!

This Bowmore Darkest treats you to a lovely long and warm finish.

This Darkest is anything but boring, but a very complex dram that is the light at the end of the tunnel after the disappoiting encounters with the Legend (ok, that is a whole other league) and the Dusk. I would suggest this dram with a dark dessert like brownies or chocolate mousse.

This is a bit of a personal favourite of mine, really goes well with dark chocolate.

This really grew on me. I found that its great in combination with the Laphroig 10 year old. If the Laphroig is the meat and two veg, this is the pudding.


The nose is smoky, salty, with caramel sweetness - very engaging.

Fairly simple taste - smoke, peat and a sherry sweetness, and while that sounds nice enough the balance of the flavours is really something to experience - it's like all the flavours are perfectly weighted. It's also quite powerful - as flavourful as some cask strengths. The finish is long, smoky and salty with a hint of sweetness - very smooth.

There's no single flavour that dominates this whisky, but I can't stress how good the balance is, and the balance is what makes this dram.

It sounds like a winner! I am really liking my first Bowmore 12 year, and the peat and smoke. I think the 15 darkest will be my next purchase. You would probably like the Lagavulin 1994 Distillers Edition. Never had a Lagavulin, until I saw it the other day. It is finished in very, rich sweet sherry casks. The balance is also amazing in this one! I find a lot of the sherry cask single malts a bit too sweet, but love the taste of the sherry. The mating of the Islay peat and smoke with the sherry seems to be a wonderful combination. When they get the balance just right like this, it's very impressive! Cheers, Carl

This is really getting interesting! I just reviewed the Lagavulin 1994 Distillers Edition: connosr.com/reviews/lagavulin/… I was wondering what would be my next single malt purchase! Now I know: I must get the Bowmore 15 year Darkest, to see how it matches up to the Bowmore 12 year and especially the Lagavulin Distillers Edition. I also need to get a Lagavulin 16 year, to see how that matches up to the Bowmore 12 year! There is quite a difference in price, between the Bowmore and Lagavulin, so I am quite interested to see how they compare in quality. $45.00 from the Bowmore Darkest to the Lagavulin Distillers Edition, and $65.00 from the Bowmore 12 year to the Lagavulin 16 year!

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