Bowmore 1998-2013, 15yo, Refill Butt, 52.1% – The Whisky Agency

Sherried Bowmore from the nineties. I’m game!

When this was released by The Whisky Agency in 2013, I immediately picked up a bottle. Based on previous experiences, and while they’re not guarantee for future success, I’m glad I took this gamble.

I finished it last week, because I was having a whisky with my good friend JE after some beers, and I knew it was going to happen. Which is exactly why I decided to write tasting notes in the afternoon before.

I only opened this one or two years ago during a Blog Barbecue & Booze Birthday Bash, and it was popular then. But what would you expect, with a 15 year old Bowmore from a good sherry cask? Their Darkest and Laimrig remain incredibly popular too, and rightly so.


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Engine fumes and grease. Rich fruits. Slightly bitter with apricot stones, cherry stones. Fruit with apricot, peach, dates, sour cherries. Oak, sherry, some baking spices.

Sharp on the arrival with lots of peppery bite, but not too much of it. Later it gets sweet oak, fruit and spices. Syrupy thickness, with gentle smoke. A whiff of diesel and brine.

The finish has some heat too, but less than the palate. Not very long, but lots of dried fruit, spices and sherry. A whiff of smoke too.

Not surprisingly, I’m a huge fan of this whisky. I think in the year or two it has been open it did get a bit less fierce but I’m not sure if that’s a good or a bad thing. By any means, it does exactly what you want this style of whisky to do, so it’s not very surprising.

Well, maybe because it’s so good, you might expect it to be slightly less interesting and delicious. The diesel engine scents put this a notch above slightly comparable Bowmores, in my book.


Bowmore 1998-2013, 15yo, Refill Butt, 52.1%, The Whisky Agency (Stamps Serie). Available from the Czech Republic for € 227


About Sjoerd de Haan-Kramer

I'm very interested in booze, with a focus on whisky. I like to listen to loads of music and play lots of Magic: the Gathering, and board games too. I'm married to Anneke, have two daughters Ot and Cato, a son Moos and a cat called Kikker (which means Frog, in Dutch). I live in Krommenie, The Netherlands.
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1 Response to Bowmore 1998-2013, 15yo, Refill Butt, 52.1% – The Whisky Agency

  1. bought a bottle at Malt stock, and i dare say, it’s still unopened 😉
    might crack it open soon if it’s that good 😉

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