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Bowmore Bicentenary

Overall rating
93.92/100
votes
58
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Soffiantino import
Bottled
1979
Strength
43.0 % Vol.
Size
750 ml
Added on
12 Nov 2009 8:11 am

Average value

€ 5185.31

20 × in wishlist

58 × member ratings

44 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Bowmore Bicentenary

3 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 93.92 points

  1. detachedblue scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Not as tropical as the one I tasted last year: https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/26066/bowmore-bicentenary
    But who knows, might be the bottle condition....
    • Nose
      Old-style Bowmore, not too many tropical fruits, more peaty, soy sauce, slaty sherry, leather and honey, dried dates, oily, dried mango and some passion fruits.
    • Taste
      Rich, intense, raisin, old sherry, some dried mango, fresh and juicy, mouthwatering.
    • Finish
      Short-medium, apricots, light smoke, raisins.

  2. Man of Skye did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    Note from a member of The Scots Whisky Forum: Bowmore celebrated his bicentenary in 1979 and released a large number of bottlings (to be found in Hans Sommer, the Dutchman who sold his distillery collection).
    There was, among other things, the Bicentenary in the crooked bottle (a replica of the earlier hand-blown bottles for special bottlings). Keyword slate neck, red wax closure.
    Packaging in heavy wooden box, or black cardboard box, or nice wooden box (I believe for Japan), certificate of authenticity on handmade paper with signature of Morrison, wrapping paper, cork and letter of the still. Inside the pulley is a long cork labeled Bowmore Bicentenary, which is guaranteed not to come out at once, so crumbs are preprogrammed.
    Of these, there were 24,000 pieces. Of these, the normal one was filled with the Lion Halslabel with the years 1950 to 1966 (in the worst case, "only" 12 years old). Everyone is allowed to figure out for themselves how the distribution of the vintages looked. In any case, there can not have been a "solera procedure" in which everything was poured together and then allowed to lie again. I've tried the normal 10 times and everyone tasted different (thanks Mara). Not all were really good. So far we are talking about 20,400 bottles.
    In the 3600 remaining bottles we speak of a Bowmore distilled in 1964 and after at least 14 years 1979 in the bottle of the same design came, just with the neck label 1964, instead of the Lion. This Bowmore is for me one of the best I know. I remember blackcurrant, which is not as sweet as the '66s.

  3. wheatfield scored this whisky 93 points Expert Junior

    How is it with almost 30 ratings no one has given this a review? Perhaps because it's a rather weird bird. Pour is near copper, darker than I would have expected. The nose -- it's tropical to start, massive passion fruits which really stand out. Lime, mango. Then wet coins, then moldy basement, mushrooms. Not a light, zesty Islay nose at all. Infinitely complex, all the diverse aromas. Some kind of lemon cake, and something very old. Mouth -- The tropical fruits really kick in on the middle and back palate. The font is quite funky with those wet coins and moldy, fungus-ridden basement. Some sweet fruit cake, again. And some leafy bitter tea that maybe brings it down a tad. Finish is full and long, pleasantly hot. Amazingly complex and I'd say bewildering!
    • Nose
      96 96
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      93 93

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