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Bowmore 15 Year Old Sherry Cask Finish Islay Single Malt Whisky (750ml)

SKU #993018 95 points Wine Enthusiast

 No shrinking violet, this copper penny-hued Scotch hits the nose and palate with a robust but harmonious mix of toffee and peat smoke, in equal measures, finishing dry and spicy. Darkest is an apt description for a whiskey partly matured in former oloroso Sherry casks, which adds deep, raisiny tones. (KN)  (12/2015)

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. (JH, Summer 2007)

K&L Notes

**The brand has removed the word darkest for yet to be determined reasons, but the juice in the 15 year is the same as before. It still remains a flag ship sherried Islay unlike any other.** 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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Staff Image By: David Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/31/2015 | Send Email
I think the 15 year is probably the most iconic of the standard Bowmore selections because of the extra sherry maturation. The richness really drives home that combination of sweet and peat that makes Bowmore what it is. Campfire smoke, phenolic elements, but ultimately a softer, more rounder mouthfeel. Lovely stuff.

Staff Image 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!"

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Alcohol Content (%): 43