Bowmore 15 Year Old "Darkest" Sherry Cask Islay Single Malt Whisky (750ml) SKU #993018

$74.99

WE 95 WA 90
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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."

Staff Reviews

  • David Driscoll
    By: David Driscoll
    3/31/2015
    K&L Staff Member
    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.
  • James Knight
    By: James Knight
    4/28/2014
    K&L Staff Member
    "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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Customer Reviews

  • By: The Distilled Spiritualist 3/18/2010

    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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