Bowmore 1964 Gold

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Stated Age
44 years old
3 Bourbon & 1 Oloroso Sherry Casks
Number of bottles
42.4 % Vol.
700 ml 750 ml
Added on
14 Oct 2009 3:03 pm
UncoloredCask Strength

Average value

€ 24993.06

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Whisky Reviews for Bowmore 1964 Gold

14 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 94.70 points

  1. Deloti scored this whisky 96 points Expert Senior

    this version tried together with Bowmore 1956 and Bowmore 1957 38yo. To me this version is a bit better if any can as these old bowmores are all gems, for its particular freshness and great finish. top down: gold 1964, fino 1964, white 1964, bowmore 1956, 1957 38yo, bourbon 1964. unfortunately I haven't tried any of the black versions or the oloroso 1964...
    sampled in 2016
    • Nose
      Exceptional. so much freshness for a 44yo whisky. In the same line of good old bowmores with tropical fruits, pineapple, passion fruit, bananas, tangerines, apricots, beeswax, honey, pepper, vanilla
    • Taste
      Light pepper, caramel, seaweed in the background. figs, toffee, tropical fruits and citrus. smoky and salty notes slide up. very complex yet still the balance and texture are just right. still amazes me the power it shows for the age.
    • Finish
      Elegant and long. Melon and exotic fruits moving towards hazelnut and charcoal fire. Seriously good finish

  2. ctu scored this whisky 95 points Connoisseur

    I love the old Bowmores extreme fruitiness!
    The smoky notes the time arrived nicely,
    great pulsing and much more complicated than I expected.
    The acidy / tannic and boubon / oloroso ratio is perfect.
    And all this in extreme soft environment. Very sophisticated!
    It was an incredible experience!
    • Nose
      Despite the 44 years it's fresh and vibrant. The most fruitier, especially citruses whisky on the nose I've ever tasted.
      Tangerine, grapefruit, papaya, guava, passion fruit, mango, pineapple, pomegranate, pear and melon.
      Beside it honey, caramel, vanilla and coconut. The smoke and the salty sea air is only slightly felt or if it's contacting a lot of time with the air.
    • Taste
      The smoothest whisky I have ever drank.
      First the honey sweet, caramelized fruits are attacked:
      pear, melon, passion fruit and mango,
      then citruses into the action, especially grapefruit and lime.
      Then comes a wave of spicy vanilla, hazelnut and menthol, Sometimes appear then eventually retained a quite incredible salt, mineral, paper, oak, peat, coal and tobacco flavor.
      The lively acidity is awesome in the beginning and in the middle!
    • Finish
      Long, smooth, dry, sour citruses and oak

  3. lincolnimp scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    New tasting, different bottle to my last note, I really need to try this against the Bowmore 1964 Fino cask, which was a but of a let down, as I know this is a good one.
    The nose has Multilayers of exotic fruit, like the 64 Fino cask but noticeably better.
    The fruit is massive on the palate, quite rich and sticky but a little wood is there which knocks it a few points.
    The finish is long, with the fruit remaining and getting a little dry,
    I think my score last time is pretty much correct of 91 points,
    • Nose
      94 94
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

  4. lincolnimp scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    This time round I find the nose more expressive and the overall score goes up to 93 points, a very fruity old whisky, great.

  5. Deloti scored this whisky 96 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      95 95
    • Taste
      96 96
    • Finish
      96 96

  6. lincolnimp scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    This was what happened when I did a head to head of different older Bowmore. 

    Before I started on the three 1972 offerings there was a clear front runner - the Sea Dragon had the best nose and palate.    


    Bowmore 30 year 43% Sea Dragon ceramic OB      

    Bowmore 1964 Gold 44year 42.4% OB     

    Bowmore 1972/1990 Samaroli Flowers 43%   

    Bowmore 1956 bottled 1980`s 43% OB   

    Bowmore 1972 36 year cask 3881 LMDW 48.8% Prestonfield    

    Bowmore 1972 16 year cask 1036-1039 43% Prestonfield     

    Bowmore 1965 20 year 48.5% Intertrade       

    All of these Bowmore are quality but the Sea Dragon was a clear winner on nose and palate and I have revised my score upwards of the 64 Gold,the Samaroli had a great nose.

  7. lincolnimp scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    The nose disappointed me but the palate thankfully makes up for it.

    Like the White Bowmore the finish is lovely.
    • Nose
      Restrained, some honeycomb, pear and melon but not much of anything else.
    • Taste
      White fruit again, pear melon, a little butterscotch. After a while we get grapefruit and a touch of vanilla along with mild toffee and wafer.

      Very good.
    • Finish
      Long and very smooth, but the finish is the best part and it only feels substantial once you have swallowed it.

  8. franpincoffee scored this whisky 98 points Expert Senior


    This comes from three casks of the White Bowmore 1964 and one final cask of the Black Bowmore from the same distillation runs after the Morrison family refurbished the distillery in 1964. In this case, 1+1=3, as the sum is even better than the two whiskies that went into it…if that’s possible. The nose is peat and oak-free despite its age, with passion fruit, mango, pineapple, pomegranate, and peach notes. The taste starts off with a splash of grapefruit that fades to reveal the passion fruit and mango notes from the nose. There’s a tingly and slightly minty mouthfeel with just a slight hint of hazelnut. The finish sticks to the tip of the tongue with a citrusy sweetness, while dry and astringent on the back of the throat. An amazing and complex dram!

  9. lincolnimp scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Score head to head for 1964 Bowmore, in this order.

    Bowmore Gold 1964 42.4% = 91

    Bowmore White 1964 42.8% = 93

    Bowmore Black 1964 50% Fist Edition = 92

  10. lincolnimp scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      94 94
    • Finish
      95 95


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