Bowmore 1965

Overall rating
94.72/100
votes
103
Whiskybase ID
WB15931
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Islay Pure Malt
Vintage
1965
Casktype
Sherry Casks
Strength
50.0 % Vol.
Size
750 ml
Bottled for
P. Soffiantino & C. S.p.A. Genova
Market
Italy Italy
Added on
13 may 2010 8:23 pm

Average value

€ 8046.88

34 × in wishlist

103 × member ratings

45 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Bowmore 1965

25 users have left 30 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 94.72 points.

  1. NRGCLICK scored this whisky 95 points Expert Junior

    Tasting in the blenders glass. I was fortunate enough to have a sample make it into my hands.
    I've poured a (tall) Springbank 21 for cross-reference.
    • Nose
      94 94
      I have this sitting for about 30mins now, still yet to taste it. What a beautiful old school sherry profile, they simply don't, and probably can never make them like this ever again.
      Immediately, I'm hit with that old-style sweet peat, it's vegetal on the nose at first whiff. There are scents of dunnage and hessian with hints of fresh lemongrass. I've just pulled the first layer away, (like when you peel that piece of plastic off a brand new mobile phone from the box.)
      Now things are starting to get dusty, antique books, old leather soafers, pipe tobacco. It's a medley of scents from an old antique store, simply exquisite.
      Where are the fruits? Oh yes, they're jumping out the glass now its breathed for an hour now, beautiful ripe tropical fruits, mangos, rockmelon, ripe tomatoes, apricots & peaches, hints of ginger and balsamico oak.
    • Taste
      95 95
      viscous and thick in the mouth, tropical fruit on the palate, the sweetest oak integrates throughout, that antique leather, tobacco, is vintage a tasting note? It ought to be because that's what it tastes like. Someone has transported me back to my aunties house in the 1980s, and I taste the air emanating from the sitting room, with couches covered in plastic, I can even hear the sound of the grandfather clock ticking away. Amazing is an understatement for this dram.
    • Finish
      95 95
      No oak bitters here like you might find on - old school sherry drams. Just elegant. finished with hay, hessian, dunnage, sweet fruits and candied ginger and sweet spices.
      Amazing! I can't speak. I can't describe how the palate just so seamlessly integrates, I'm struggling to find any type of flaw.
      It's entirely mouth-coating, the finish is long and I can still taste everything. The Bowmore 60s (because it needs a "The" in front of its name.) I swear this wasn't distilled on Earth.

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  3. stf_92 scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    Black fruits, elderberries, raspberry, blackcurrant, blueberry, cigar blackberry, sailor, strong pepper or chilli. Great complexity.

  4. Glenbalvallan scored this whisky 96 points Expert Senior

    Tasted with kundalini

  5. vijaychan scored this whisky 95 points Member Senior

    Oily and full.Exploding tropical fruits, layers of impact. Very long.

  6. HansG scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    A beautiful old sherried Bowmore.

  7. murphy64 scored this whisky 96 points Newbie

    So far the best whisky I've tasted. Unfortunately, there were only 2 cl of this great whisky.
    • Nose
      Very nice after sherry, lots of fruit and floral.
    • Taste
      Sweet, soft and mild, with sweet peat. The alcohol is very well integrated.
    • Finish
      Very little smoke, chocolate, espresso and tropical fruits.

  8. Dottore scored this whisky 97 points Expert Senior

    Ok, today is such a once in a lifetime malt. I've had the sample in my closet for quite some time and was always waiting for the right time. success at work? publish a scientific work?, birthday, Christmas? Time goes by quickly. Nothing special is going on privately this evening or this weekend, but maybe that's why I feel like it. Without "pressure" to approach the malt. And as soon as I pour it, I suspect that I will probably be completely flashed. "Sherry Casks" says the label, ha! but what kind of... this one really doesn't compare to anything I've ever had of sherry whisky in my glass. It's hard to put into words how cool this nose is, I don't want to change anything, absolutely nothing. Incredibly fruity, elderberry syrup and cassis open end, a minimal breeze of smoke wafts in the background. Wet moss in the autumn mist. Hazelnut liqueur, incense and damp old leather-bound books. The taste takes place in similar spheres, from texture to finish everything is as if from one mould, complex, demanding and yet light and delicate. Leather, tobacco, rapeseed oil, wood, menthol, dextrose, again that fantastic blackcurrant note, plus earthy-grassy associations and green tea, just brutally good. The finish is long, forever, wonderfully spicy-sweet, slightly "dirty" and simply old school. I love Bowmore, yes if anyone asks me this is my #1 distillery. I like the floral 80s, even if it goes in the direction of violet perfume, I also like the modern style of the distillery, but what I've had in the glass tops everything I've been able to drink so far. Just beautiful. 97+

  9. CowboyTzf scored this whisky 95 points Expert Senior

    just like other 1960s bowmores I took, but a newly opened bottle is strong enough

  10. penumbra scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Hmm, so this is really the 44th single-mic player of all time?
    • Nose
      Seaside fireworks, less salty than modern Bowmore, more earthy, gritty peat, burlap, tanned leather, old furniture, dusty bookcases, eucalyptus, censer ash, mold, black pepper. The oily feel can go hand-in-hand with the best springbanks, whether it's the craftsmanship of the year, or whether it comes from bottled, linseed oil. Sherry is dull, black berry jam, yellow fruit, Cointreau, lotus mist sorbet, melon, chrysanthemum with a lighter taste, perhaps this Shirley barrel is heavy, it is rumored that tropical fruits in the 60s are not more dominant than plums , The overall rich and sweet, dark chocolate, honey, syrup, fragrant flakes.
    • Taste
      Like a deep and long sigh, tobacco and burning incense, dead leaves, charcoal fire, mold, salt water, absinthe. Shirley does not steal the show, honey, tropical fruit mixed juice, dark chocolate, ginkgo, almonds.
      Normal, fatty, sweet, no acidity, no tannins, no astringency, no bitterness, no pungency, no alcohol.
    • Finish
      Longer, flax, peat, aged oil, light fruit.

  11. Wummy scored this whisky 95 points Member Senior

    Unique ... standing out in comparison. In the nose, unobtrusive honey sweetness, complexly interwoven with floral notes and sweet sherry ... highly complex and nothing to compare with what I've had in my glass before.
    In the mouth a journey of fruit and subtly in the background smoke, almonds, all complexly interwoven and coming in waves ... the
    Alcohol barely noticeable, very well integrated.
    The finish is medium to long with light tropical fruits, light hints of smoke.
    A great unique mixture that I would love to enjoy again and again ...

  12. Killswitch scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      94 94
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      92 92

  13. Pauci scored this whisky 96 points Expert Senior

    Madness. Everything is said with that.

  14. mnljng scored this whisky 96 points Expert Senior

    Absolute top class! A malt that is no longer produced today. Already in the nose a slightly musty, but still fruity profile. You want to smell it forever. Almost perfect on the palate. Fruity (but not too sweet), creamy, oily. Medium to long finish.

  15. Hemdl scored this whisky 96 points Connoisseur

    No weaknesses. Really old school on the nose with a strong orange note, cellar muff and sherry. Not too sweet, not too dry. Absolutely full-bodied and strong in taste, ideal drinking strength. Also in the finish no weakness - balanced, fruity, no trace of bitter notes.
    Close to perfection.

  16. DocF scored this whisky 96 points Expert Senior

    Blackcurrant, sherry, and deeply woven peat smoke - only whisky can do that. I didn't have a better one in my glass.

  17. dRambo scored this whisky 98 points Connoisseur

    thx 2 DocF for that perfect finish 2 a perfect week

    cassis and peat everywhere and endless
    • Nose
      99 99
    • Taste
      98 98
    • Finish
      98 98

  18. Krisli scored this whisky 97 points Member Junior

    a perfect whisky

  19. Man of Skye scored this whisky 96 points Expert Junior

    Great fruity and outstanding Bowmore of another planet - top!

  20. volrath scored this whisky 95 points Expert Senior

    Sherry, old books, leather, lovage, dark fruits - a great whisky!

  21. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 96 points Connoisseur

    Huge tropical fruits and sherry, masterpiece

  22. watson0209 scored this whisky 95 points Connoisseur

    A whisky in a class of its own. Nice old sherry, marzipan with a very fine smoke (barely noticeable). Perfect!!

  23. macwhisky scored this whisky 96 points Connoisseur

    A grandiose OA more reminiscent of the Bicentenary than the whole DT and HB from 1966. By the 50% a much longer reverberation as in the Independent by 40 to 43%. Nice that I could have the more than 1x in the glass!

  24. macwhisky scored this whisky 96 points Connoisseur

    A grandiose OA more reminiscent of the Bicentenary than the whole DT and HB from 1966. By the 50% a much longer reverberation as in the Independent by 40 to 43%. Nice that I could have the more than 1x in the glass!

  25. macwhisky scored this whisky 96 points Connoisseur

    A grandiose OA more reminiscent of the Bicentenary than the whole DT and HB from 1966. By the 50% a much longer reverberation as in the Independent by 40 to 43%. Nice that I could have the more than 1x in the glass!

  26. macwhisky scored this whisky 96 points Connoisseur

    A grandiose OA more reminiscent of the Bicentenary than the whole DT and HB from 1966. By the 50% a much longer reverberation as in the Independent by 40 to 43%. Nice that I could have the more than 1x in the glass!

  27. macwhisky scored this whisky 96 points Connoisseur

    A grandiose OA more reminiscent of the Bicentenary than the whole DT and HB from 1966. By the 50% a much longer reverberation as in the Independent by 40 to 43%. Nice that I could have the more than 1x in the glass!

  28. macwhisky scored this whisky 96 points Connoisseur

    A grandiose OA more reminiscent of the Bicentenary than the whole DT and HB from 1966. By the 50% a much longer reverberation as in the Independent by 40 to 43%. Nice that I could have the more than 1x in the glass!

  29. checkpointuk scored this whisky 95 points Connoisseur

    Bowmore - 1965 - OB, Soffiantino Import, Islay Pure Malt, Sherry casks - 50%
    Colour:
    Full gold with amber stitch
    Nose:
    Sparkling-salty-fruity! Here dominate dark fruit flavors of elderberry, plum and wild berry. Add to that tobacco, leather, humidor, black peppercorns, a cocooning campfire in maritime sea air and sweet nut liqueur. Honey but also slightly dusty notes from old books, as well as earth, forest soil and green shrubs. What should one say? old Bowmore stop !!
    Taste:
    Spicy and dominant. Tobacco, smoke, fruits, leather, balsamic, peppers, chili, herbs, wood provided with spices of all kinds - just fantastic !! In addition, different teenagers of the finest quality combined with mint, hints of eucalyptus and a little oak. Top class !!
    Finish:
    Long - fresh and spicy all the time. Earthy notes, salty smoke, peat, dark fruits, delicious honey, wax, tea, wood and mint. With a great reverberation, he then pulls away.
    Comment:
    A great old Bowmore who has many parallels to the 64er Bicentenary, even if it was a bit better for us ... with 43%!
    95 points
    N: 94P / G: 96P / F: 95P

  30. jay83 scored this whisky 96 points Expert Senior

    In my opinion outdoing a lot of highly praised Bowmore bottlings of the Mid-60ies, altough not combined with a wooden box ;-)

  31. Liberezlatourbe scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    A very evolutive nose, complex and complete with this game of ping-pong incessant even if the opening sates the two main markers. A rather disconcerting dram but so good, I found the final less interesting. Too bad, because he clearly deserved a 90+
    Tasted blind
    • Nose
      Very peaty sherry, subtle marriage between the 2 markers. At rest, none supplants the other. In the opening sherry, with its notes of prunes and dried fruits, takes precedence, however the peat and notes of vegetables and sulfur are never far away. On long inspirations, it looks like a game of table tennis. A sherry forehand dismissed by a peaty reverse. Peat is difficult to classify. It is neither marine nor pharmaceutical, but a mixed plant and farmer. The opening dries all, the dried fruits become roasted. Peat becomes more present with a vegetal freshness. The second nose is more sherry, a nice lemony freshness and lighter notes. White fruit and still the veil of peat but this time more saline.
    • Taste
      Tannic notes at the beginning of the mouth, roasted dried fruits, yellow fruits. Marine peat. A clever mix of sweet and savory with a beautiful texture. Richness, power and warmth are the main characteristics of this excellent beverage. Bitterness, some woody notes. Beautiful spicy heat. Diluted, exotic fruits mango and passion are more massive.
    • Finish
      Medium + with a good persistence on tannins, salty peat, spices.

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