Bowmore 1965

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Islay Pure Malt
Sherry Casks
50.0 % Vol.
750 ml
Bottled for
P. Soffiantino & C. S.p.A. Genova
it Italy
Added on
13 May 2010 8:23 pm

Average value

€ 7980.57

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92 × member ratings

46 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Bowmore 1965

23 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 94.76 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.

  2. checkpointuk scored this whisky 95 points Connoisseur

    Bowmore - 1965 - OB, Soffiantino Import, Islay Pure Malt, Sherry casks - 50%
    Full gold with amber stitch
    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 !!
    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 !!
    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.
    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

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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 ...

  6. Killswitch scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

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

  7. Pauci scored this whisky 96 points Expert Junior

    Madness. Everything is said with that.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.


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