Overall rating
90.62/100
votes
143
Whiskybase ID
WB167810
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Morrison Scotch Whisky Distillers (MSWD)
Bottling serie
Càrn Mòr Celebration of the Cask
Vintage
09.12.1996
Bottled
07.09.2020
Stated Age
23 years old
Casktype
Pedro Ximenez Sherry Butt
Casknumber
901278
Number of bottles
471
Strength
53.4 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Added on
19 oct 2020 10:17 pm by kyle1989
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

£ 502.16

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143 × member ratings

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Whisky reviews for Bowmore 1996 MSWD

24 users have left 25 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 90.62 points.

  1. vlad78 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    “Sweet my Sherry pie”
    Warm, autumn, bright bouquet.
    Do you know where I do my tasting? I hide from my wife and pour myself a glass, standing among the underwear in the closet in my mother-in-law's apartment. I hide behind the doors.
    Verily, «Vita brevis, ars longa».
    • Nose
      90 90
      Fresh, ripe and overripe berries, fruits, grapes, plums, cherries.
    • Taste
      91 91
      Sweet, rich taste of jam, on toasted bread with butter.
    • Finish
      89 89
      Grape leaves in your mouth. Sweet sweet aftertaste of plum jam and black tea.

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  3. etwa77 scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    keeps evolving and opening up to new colors and images.. like an ever expanding kaleidoscope… on the nose, smoke reigns supreme over a forest of red fruit trees and bushes.. while the fruits have the upper hand on the palate and smoke recedes in the background, from where it slowly creeps back in.. oh, the salty maritime aroma of this Bowmore! Could smell it for days.. have you ever made fire on a deserted beach when the night’s cold falls in?.. water improves the nose, but destabilizes the balance on the palate, turning it a little too rough for me.. but this nose, this incredibly effective combination of salt, smoke and lemons over a thin slice of berry jam on toast, this is just to die for!
    • Nose
      94 94
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      88 88

  4. DawidAC scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

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

  5. JeanChan scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      91 91

  6. Seanzhang scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    An extremely fruity bowmore, mixed fruit jam, just love it, very nice!
    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      92 92

  7. hs305 scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    [May, 2022] A quick review of a small sample...

    ...which is a fine modern sherry maturation without flaws and a great balance. The texture is a little weak but the taste is excellent, and very quaffable. Is this worth 500+ bucks? Not to me, to be honest.
    • Nose
      90 90
      The colour is russetmuscat and the nose offers a delicate modern sherry profile without flaws. Malt, peat and wood are in good balance while the sherry is rather shy and takes its time to open up. But before it wakes up there are some interesting machine oil aromas comparable to the "dirty" Springbank style. After some twenty minutes the sherry grows a little stronger but still it is not on par with the peat and malt (such a setting is very okay with me).
    • Taste
      92 92
      The sherry flavours are much stronger on the palate but the peat and malt stays bold too. This taste is impressive and balanced with many delicious flavours to discover upon chewing. Actually, this is a great chewer and I strongly suggest to keep it in your mouth as long as you can resist to swallow it because new impressions pop up every seconds.
    • Finish
      90 90
      The initial mouthfeel is a little hot and not really coating (it covers just the upper third of my mouth). Accordingly the finish is of medium length only and adds more delicious fruits. Water releases more herbal aromas in the nose and turns the taste sweeter with more winey flavours, so it gets even more quaffable. I like this dram both neat and reduced to about 48% abv.

  8. WiltChamberlain scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      92 92

  9. JoshNRW scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Every time I visit Scotia Spirit Cologne I flirt with a sample of this whisky and today I took one with me. And it was worth it! Hey, if you're there, make sure you grab it - there are still a few samples of this whisky.

    I'm more familiar with Bowmore's heyday from hearsay, but the whisky explains the reputation a bit, although I'm not sure if it's a classic of its kind.

    Super beautiful, very complex.
    • Nose
      92 92
      Because of the percentage I started here directly in Glencairn.

      A whole basket full of strawberries; Rarely have I smelled so much strawberry in a whisky. In addition, however, a nice dirty, very slightly smoky note.

      Very clear sherry notes over time, but of the fine, not the clumsy kind.
      Light brown dates, cherries, some copper. With water, the sherry fruit is in the foreground.
    • Taste
      91 91
      91.5
      Very intense, dark fruity attack without being syrupy. In the middle part again a very light smoky note. Then dry cherry at the back, a nice and light wood note. I think this whisky was bottled at just the right time.

      It doesn't lose that much intensity with water, but it loses some of its rough edges.
    • Finish
      91 91
      The finish is dry, somewhat tart and lingers on the palate for a very long time

  10. daverdaz scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Now the third time in the glass. Unfortunately, this Bowmore doesn't convince me. Knitted very simply. Head towards Balsamic

  11. rolabob scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  12. daevid scored this whisky 89 points Member Senior

    Decent sherried Bowmore, but nothing more than that.
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  13. the_muskox scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Surprise surprise, this is killer. It’s so complex and layered, especially on the nose, it was like every sip and sniff were different. The nose is almost too complex, whereas the palate and finish come across as much more cohesive. There’s super-sweet fruit, rich spice, heavy oak, fragrant peat… but it works! It’s like an inverse Bowmore Dawn, or rather, Bowmore Dawn as it should have been. There isn’t that much PX either, all things considered: this could have been a sherry bomb, but instead the peat has held up very well. And I just can’t get enough of those tea notes.
    • Nose
      Complex! Mostly fruity and fragrant, with the peat more in the background. Waxy and honeyed. A bucket of sweet fruits – red apples, strawberry shortcake, blood orange creamsicle, summer watermelon, raspberry tart, sugared grapefruit, toasted coconut, pineapple. Sandalwood, nutmeg, fennel seed, lime zest, and nutty oolong. Madeleines, espresso, and cocoa powder. A bit savoury and dirty: grilled hot peppers, leather, and potting soil.
    • Taste
      Medium-thick texture. Sweet fruit upfront, turning drier – peach tea, pomelo, raspberry scones, brown sugar, and grandma’s apple cake. Cool Bowmore peat on the development, like mist in a pine forest after rain. Loads of fragrant, herbal, and nutty tea. Strong charred oak and a soft dusting of ash. Soft caramel chews, spearmint, olive oil, paraffin, and a broad selection of chocolate truffles. Red-on-the-inside plums.
    • Finish
      Quite long, sweet but multifaceted. All kinds of fragrant teas. More sandalwood, wet rocks, mint, petrichor, and temperate rainforest waterfalls. Butter tarts and sugared almonds. Subtle peach and sour cherry pie. Softly earthy and savoury… black truffle?

  14. ThorstenH scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

  15. dongolzo81 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    These almost 91 points make me curious. Sherried Bowmore is absolutely my direction. The Sailing Seagull is one of my Alltime Top 3 and this is what this bottling has to measure up to with this price tag.
    I use "The Roll" for tasting.

    Overall, my expectations are not quite working out. The long and tasty finish is its absolute strength. For almost € 400, however, I expect such a performance on all levels.
    • Nose
      89 89
      The huge surface helps to tease a lot out of your nose. Superficially, after 23 years of ripening, I find medium-intensive and therefore surprisingly strong peat smoke. The typical old sherry tones such as leather, mahogany and dried fruits only come to the fore with the "panning" and completely suppress the peat smoke. Now I really like it. Little by little, the smoky-ashy tones fight their way back. Alcohol well integrated here.
      In my opinion, he loses too much with water.
    • Taste
      85 85
      Very powerful start, undiluted the intense flavor leaves little room for aromas. Very dark chocolate, 80% +.
      With a little water (5%) a little more differentiated and less snappy. A few sweet fruits at the front, the smoke blends in harmoniously.
    • Finish
      91 91
      Dry smoke. Strong espresso. Leather, old wood, preserved fruits. Delicious, long and intense.

  16. ctu scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

  17. Vmarcinv scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    practically imperceptible smoke on the nose, sweet fruit + rhubarb cake. A lot of dried fruit, marginal spring peat, light compote, oak. After a while, smoke, chocolate and spices come out. Lasting finish and smoke + slight bitterness of oak at the end

  18. turtle scored this whisky 89 points Member Senior

    Mystery Islay 1992 SV (Laphroaig) vs. Bowmore 1996 MSWD (Carn Mor).
    Mystery Islay:
    Nose: 1st impression: Sherry (??), fruity and floral. 2nd impression: reminiscent of the Laphroaig from 1966 (ID 8198). later: sweet, milk?
    Palate: a "mouth-watering" taste. Versatile, slightly salty. Pleasant complexity. To chew on.
    Finish: smoke, peat, Laphroaig comes through strongly. Fantastic. Long. A little cute. At the very end: like when a wave of the spring tide withdraws and some salty earth with a few blades of grass is left behind.
    With water, the finish becomes sweeter, a tough malt caramel.

    Bowmore:
    Nose: a dusty workshop where wood is processed.
    Taste: dry oak, sweetish. [and other flavors that I cannot describe exactly]
    Finish: dry leather, sticky sweetness. pleasantly long. Somewhat "hot" / alcoholic.
    Similar with a little water.

    Conclusion:
    Laphroaig: Wow! Fantastic balance between sweet fruit notes and the smoke / peat. A whisky to my taste, I'll order another bottle right away, I don't want to go without that despite the price: 92 pt.
    Bowmore: Solid, somewhat dry / leathery, the high alcohol percentages are spicy. He cannot stand alongside the other. 89 pt.

  19. Dris scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      90 90

  20. prz22 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Hit all the expected spots, however lacks some desired complexity and depth. There are much better sherried bowmores even with lower pricetag.

    Still, whisky worth tasting

  21. gaboruso scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      89 89

  22. geriud scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  23. geriud scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      91 91

  24. Kegelbogen scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Surprised by such high ratings. Aroma is truly amazing. Light smoke with cherries, old leather, burlap with dust and mint leaf. It promised to be delicious. After the first sip and then a solid failure. The body is very liquid, only cherry from the aroma. It doesn't even look like whisky or Islay. The finish line is short. PX defeated Bowmore. A clear imbalance. The price of 380 € is absolutely not for this whisky. For many malts, 89 is strong, for that Bowmore is weak.

  25. olegborgol scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    23-21,5-22,5-22

  26. Eun1 scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    On the nose at first contact: strawberries, cherries, rhubarb, leather and fruity-spicy but rather restrained smoke. With a few drops of water the whisky opens and a full gush of sherry notes rushes out of the glass: raisins, dates, figs and sour cherry, delicately spiced with piquant oak and fine smoky notes.

    First in the mouth a lush, heavy, sweet, oily fruitiness, which is underlaid with spicy smoke. Sweetness and fruit gradually seep away and what remains is a long-lasting dry base note of strong oak and campfire ash.
    • Nose
      94 94
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      89 89

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