Bowmore 1996 HiSp

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Hidden Spirits (HiSp)
Bottling serie
Joint Bottling with La Maison du Whisky
Stated Age
22 years old
Bourbon Cask
Number of bottles
53.6 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
03 Sep 2018 9:50 pm by SIEBERTS WHISKYWELT
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 599.00

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71 × member ratings

84 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Bowmore 1996 HiSp

13 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 91.36 points

  1. didi1893 scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Mild yet very full of character makes this Bowmore appetite for more. Balanced and harmonious, the different flavors play together, the mixture of sweetness, fruit, smoke, wood, peat and freshness is impressive. A very delicious Bowmore, I like it very much!

    23/23/23/23 (92P)
    • Nose
      Dark yellow with a transition in light amber, the Bowmore rests slightly dull in the Premium Snifter. On the glass wall sticks an oily streaks from the very leisurely and as in slow motion dissolves a variety of small syrupy drops. Minimal peat and smoke notes slowly rise from the glass, sweet vanilla and mirabelle plums rise. Caramelized sugar and slightly floral echoes are briefly replaced by a light sea breeze, followed in seconds by fruity sweetness with caramelized sugar. Sweet apricots, velvety vineyard peach and a few drops of orange juice merge with sugar, vanilla and creamy caramel to make a sticky sweet melange. I imagine myself perceiving a subtle touch of glue, as well lightning a light "Sprittigkeit" now and then by the beguiling sweetness. Slowly, the fruity elements retreat and discreetly tart and spicy wood tones come to light with minimal smoke and peat. Again, my salivation is stimulated ...
    • Taste
      Sweetness and fruit flash briefly, then the entire mouth filled with cold smoke and warming peat. Tart wood tones rise, creamy, slightly greasy and oily elements come out, a few grains of salt dissolve on the tongue while pleasant wooden sharpness envelops the tongue. Minimal citrus aromas and barely perceptible liquorice dissolve from spicy woody notes and slightly earthy hints. The taste is extremely mild yet powerful and voluminous. Just a little salt and pepper is distributed on the tongue, from slightly burned wood chips dissolves mint and eucalyptus. The salivation is stimulated again, fly ash and echoes of bananas and lemons prepare for the aftertaste.
    • Finish
      Herb and spicy swim creamy pieces of wood in the saliva, a touch of cold smoke dissolves from fruity peat. Fly ash and burned wood provide a rougher and darker aroma, creamy sweetness lies in the background. With spicy wood tones and old walnuts the aftertaste comes to an end and leaves a chubby warm mouthfeel on the palate and creamy wood under the tongue.

  2. lachaineduwhisky did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    A lot of relief. Peat well pronounced for a Bowmore. Fruit. Some zest. In the mouth, very dynamic. Not wise at all for his age. Peat a bit dirty for a Bowmore. Final on the coffee.

    Enthusiasm 4/5
    Whisky n ° 1868

  3. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Fruity and smoky on peach and stone fruits very nice modern bowmore, some bitterness in the finish on grapefruit and some tropical notes

  4. Jack McClane scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

    Pretty much every high rated Bowmore is sherry matured.
    This might be an exception.
    I absolutely love these heathernotes combined with very ripe peaches and forest honey. Absolutely no violet notes for me @jazzpianofingers.
    Not overpowered by an Oloroso or PX cask - still this adorable Bowmore distillery character, slightly peated and hard to believe the ABV is at 53,6%.

    Quite similar to that great Bowmore from ALOS.
    Sad I was just able to buy one bottle..

  5. whiskysec scored this whisky 94 points Member Senior

    10/10 on this 22 year old Bowmore 1996 single cask bottled by Hidden Spirits of Italy and LMDW of France. Crisp clean citrus with a gorgeous mineral and coastal edge. One of the most perfect examples of independent 1990's Bowmore I have ever had. I am a long time Bowmore fan and while this misses the desired tropical notes, it hits the mark and then exceeds in every other aspect. Heaven.

  6. Seanzhang scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      90 90

  7. Dottore scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Initially I gave this whisky 92-93 points in my imaginary rating booklet, but did not write any notes at the time. The bottle was quickly distributed and then somehow and sometime empty (memo to me: I should rarely invite people to visit! Or better put away the good bottles). I am all the more pleased that I found 2 cl as a sample in my sample cabinet. My handwriting tells me: I filled it myself ... Greetings from Alzheimer's. Well, last 2 cl, time for notes. Nice, soft smoke, this wet, grassy smoke. Hay soaked by the rain. Vanilla, lychee and apricots. Orchid greenhouse. Tart in the mouth, wonderful and also very smoky, with the sweet floral contrast. I think it's an excellent combination. Lightly burned cookies. The bowmore gets sweeter with every push and the smoke weakens. Tart aftertaste, slightly herbaceous and dry smoky, perhaps somewhat ashy. Wonderful Bourbon Bowmore, I still like it very much. Certainly one of the top bottlings of hidden spirits. 92 points

  8. matfrl scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      91 91

  9. Hemdl scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    So I can not really understand this Jubelarien here.
    Overall, a great Bowmore, but not exactly "exceptional". Nice nose, nice on the palate and pleasant finish. An "aha effect" but remains off.


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