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

€ 25432.11

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Whisky reviews for Bowmore 1964 Gold

9 users have left 16 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 94.71 points.

  1. 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.

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  3. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 95 points Connoisseur

    The end?,… [we know this game so well], but what could top yesterday’s 1970s 43yo Bowmore? A 1960s Bowmore!! Specifically, the third of a trilogy that featured:
    1] Black Bowmore 1 & 2 [original rrp £90]
    2] Bowmore White [bourbon casks]
    3] Bowmore Gold [‘Best’ four casks – 3 bourbon, 1 oloroso sherry]

    N: Formed of a petrol-y > oily fruit composite that doesn’t normally exist in this realm and can’t be replicated. With balsamic-sake/koji vibes over sushi ginger, papaya, stupidly ripe [tinned] tomatoes & pineapples, blueberries too, salty [more natural] liquorice, [30 minutes+] sage & onion gravy over raspberry mint yoghurt,…  It’s barmy to dissect such a masterpiece in a one-dram sitting, but hey ho, if I must! 

    T: Incredibly rich in flavour, rum-y/estery as if Bowmore have used dunder from a recently formed muck pit – diluted Royal Vale [WLP90] if you will. Also, fruity sage & onion, more papaya, beyond ripe, and sour-sweet in an unearthly way. An extraordinary experience.

    F: Blueberry malt/not malt, we remain in an outer-earthly plane. With a stupidly-long full fruity boozy finish, there’s no talk of casks, vanilla, tannins,…

    C: Perhaps not quite the emotional heights of tOMoH’s Bowmore enjoyed four years ago [WLP96], but wowee, we aren’t far away. How does such an oldie retain such an unforced freshness?

  4. Gaija scored this whisky 95 points Expert Senior

    Birthday Session 2.8

    You think you know what exotic fruits are. You're cute :)

    As pointless as it is, let's fulfill our duty and give you a glimpse : passion fruits, mangos, cherimoyas, raspberries, kiwis, lychees, pineapples, lemons, limes. But this all feels very whole, very united as one concept, it is like the platonic idea of exotic fruit if you want. No peat that I can detect, all of it has been transmutated by time. Most of all, this is so FRESH, so vibrant, so youthful. Palate is superbly fresh as well, juicy, vibrant, quite present for this rather low proof, with passion fruits, pineapples, raspberries, peonies. The finish might not be obscenely long but it is delicous, on café-crème, turkish delights and grapefruit.

    Superb, I only wish I could have this again some day on its own to analyze it further and enjoy it without intense sensory stimulation beforehand.

    Compared to the (nonetheless excellent) Bowmore 1973-2016 43yo we had yesterday, this feels much more expressive and immediate on the exotic fruit debauchery that you would expect from a Bowmore ... from this era ;)

    Frank, eternal thanks.

    (The only one that we are not having blind today.)

  5. 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

  6. 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!

  7. Deloti scored this whisky 96 points Expert Senior

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

  8. 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

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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

  12. 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

  13. lincolnimp scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

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

  14. barryfox915 scored this whisky 95 points Expert Senior

    Colour: Gold-old gold.
    Nose: Extremely fruity, on exotic fruits, mango,
    papaya, guava and pink grapefruit. Intense. Diluted, it becomes smokier and
    Taste: Smooth, sweet, fruity, salty, very slightly mineral,
    slightly smoky, with a slight bitterness, tobacco leaves, tangerine and pink
    grapefruit. The finish is long, very fruity, on tropical and citric fruits, with
    a lot of pink grapefruit.
    General Impression: These old Bowmore are simply
    excellent, with an extreme fruitiness. Pure pleasure.



  15. Furtia scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      90 90

  16. QuarterCentury did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Tasting Notes by John Hansell (Malt Advocate)
    Deep gold color. Surprisingly lively for its
    age on the nose. A complex array of fruit (tangerine, sultana, pink
    grapefruit, papaya and the general overall citrus DNA that you’ll find
    in old Bowmores), with balancing notes of honey and vanilla. A hint of
    damp smoke and coconut.
    Just like with Black Bowmore, this is a texturally soothing whisky on
    the palate, which continues to evolve in waves—first the sweet honey,
    coating vanilla and lively fruit, then turning quite visceral, with
    juicy oak, damp earth, deep peat smoke, and charcoal, followed by
    another wave of fruit (this time dried fruit), finishing off with subtle
    charred oak and roasted nuts. This whisky is better than White Bowmore
    and it falls just short of Black Bowmore (which I rated 97) because it’s
    just a bit softer, less vibrant on the palate.
    Advanced Malt Advocate magazine rating: 96/100

  17. QuarterCentury did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    The final release in the new Bowmore 1964, Gold Bowmore is a marriage of three bourbon casks plus the last of the staggeringly good Oloroso casks from
    this momentous vintage.

    44 years of quiet maturation in the famous number one vaults, has
    allowed an exceptional and rare example of Bowmore single malt to
    develop – the oldest one ever to be released from the distillery.

    Gold Bowmore has been created from the same hand-crafted spirit as the
    first two with the individual taste of each influenced by
    the different casks they were matured in. Gold Bowmore is uniquely
    matured in three Bourbon casks and a single Oloroso cask then carefully
    married together to make a spirit richly gold in colour with a finish
    that is beautifully balanced yet incredibly complex.


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