Overall rating
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

€ 392,63

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Whisky Reviews for Bowmore 1996 HiSp

7 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 91.91 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. 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..

  4. 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.

  5. MrYens scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

  6. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur


    Established in 2013, Hidden Spirits [SW] sees owner Andrea Ferrari turning his hobby into a business. Appropriately he’s brought some fine stuff to TWE show. Bowmore is one of Andrea’s loves. He had also owned a cask from 1989 but hadn’t taken to it. This one from 1996 proved far more to his liking.

    C: This is very similar to a bourbon-matured Cadenhead Bowmore [WB], I’m currently working my way through. With fruits & violets, we’ve a solid Bowmore bottled at cask strength.

    Scores a B[+]

  7. Luigisim scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    At mouth, bacon perfectly smoked, mixed with with scrambled eggs
    At finish well balanced, hints of banana.
    Great dram, pity that nose is not that brilliant and opened.


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