Bowmore 15 year old Darkest Sherry Casked Islay Single Malt Whisky 750ml

SKU #993018 92 points Wine Enthusiast

 Sherry cask aging provides this Scotch with a rich, dessert-worthy profile. Look for rich caramel and chocolate notes accented by dry cigar, leather and dried orange peel notes. Amber hue, soft feel. Pair with a rich and creamy dessert like crème brûlée.  (12/ 2011)

90 points Whisky Advocate

 Darkest now has an age statement of 15 years old. This new release is an improvement from the original Darkest, both of which are succulently sherried. It is fuller in flavor and more visceral, in both the nose and palate. These differences are subtle, but positive. Notes of lush fruit, raisin, pot-still rum, and Heath bars. Citrus and wood spices emerge, along with burning peat embers that linger on the finish. Nicely done. (Vol. 16, #2)

Wine Spectator

 A sweet, extremely rewarding whisky that belies its Islay roots. Just a touch of peat on the nose quickly disappears, to be replaced by fruit, toffee and cocoa, all of which gain traction on the palate, with notes of Sherry and spice. The cocoa and Sherry linger on and on.  (2/ 2011)

K&L Notes

Double-gold medal 2013 San Francisco World Spirits Competition. Also on F. Paul Pacult's list of the Scotch Whiskies to be drinking in 2007. And back in 2004, when it was just called "Darkest," Wine Enthusiast hailed the bottling as one of the 50 Best Spirits of 2004: "The opening inhalation offers deep aromas of nutmeg, oloroso Sherry, dark toffee and black pepper; further aeration stirs up thrilling scents of chocolate- covered cherries, tobacco smoke, sea brine, paraffin, praline and cedar box—a textbook Islay/sherry perfume. Palate entry is winey, concentrated and stunningly Sherry-like; at midpalate the taste profile expands to include dark honey, butterscotch, old oak, vanilla extract and cocoa bean. Concludes delicately and as sweet as honey but with a bit of smoke. If you want a hint of what the legendary but no longer available Black Bowmore 1964 was like, pick up a bottle of Darkest."

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By: James Knight |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 4/28/2014  | Send Email
"Amber. Whoa. Campfire...peaty fire...suede jacket (nice, not Laphroaig shoe); smoked ham. Some old deli memory, 70s, 80s?" That was my first impression of the Bowmore 15 "Darkest" from a 30cl sample. Later I purchased a full bottle. Initial impressions were consistent: It's a meaty, dry, savory single malt. There's a strong, sherried, rum-raisin component, for sure. There's intensity, but don't expect peatiness like an Ardbeg or Laphroaig. To put it in perspective, I'd say: Dryer and meatier than Talisker 10; may appeal to fans of Glendronach 15 Revival, though smoky; maybe, maybe somewhere in the neighborhood of Lagavulin 16. The last of my notes read, "Have to revisit!"

 By: The Distilled Spiritualist |  Review Date: 3/18/2010 
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When I think of Bowmore 15 year old Darkest, I think of a great marriage. Some things were just meant to be together: Rogers and Hammerstein, Laural and Hardy, vanilla ice cream and chocolate syrup, sherry and peat. And what a harmonious marriage this sherry and peat coupling makes! The nose whisks me back to memories of my grandmother's famous icebox fruitcake, packed with dark raisins, dried figs, and cherries. Oh, perhaps even memories of my Boston years, smelling salty sea spray during my afternoon beach walks. The blend of these elements lands well on the palate, offering a well-balanced, rounded dram. Bowmore Darkest is one of my all-time favorites-- it is an absolute must have whisky for any sherry and peat lover, and at a very reasonable price.

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Alcohol Content (%): 43