Bowmore 1957

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Stated Age
38 years old
216 - 220
Number of bottles
40.1 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
03 aug 2007 9:11 pm
ColoredCask Strength

Average value

€ 23907.82

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Whisky reviews for Bowmore 1957

5 users have left 6 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 95.03 points.

  1. dram-drinker scored this whisky 94 points Photo Moderator

    Very fruity and creamy, on the other hand I missed a bit the austere fruity and smoky notes that is very common with old Bowmores like the Bowmore 30yo Sea Dragon I justed tasted before this one - anyhow, overall still excellent!
    • Nose
      95 95
      Lots of tropical fruits, mango, pineapple, ripe banana, exotic fruit juice, also some yellow fruits, peach, vanilla, peche melba, whiffs of honey, apricot jam, little spices, cream - excellent!
    • Taste
      94 94
      Very creamy, little sirupy, subtle sweetness, exotic fruits, ripe mango, pepper, spices, little gingerbread, hints of oak wood, vanilla - delicious!
    • Finish
      93 93
      Medium long, warm, fruity, spicy, little woody, zesty, grapefruit - great!

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  3. Barchager scored this whisky 96 points Expert Senior

    Super fruit lovly complex a dream

  4. GLEN MAUR did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Tasting note by Serge Valentin

       Bowmore 38 yo 1957 (40.1%, OB, 861 bottles) Colour: pure gold. Nose: much more complex. There sure is lots of citrus, passion fruit etc., but there’s also lots of beeswax, sea air, flowers and plants, accompanied by all their sub-aromas. Propolis, tar, shoe polish, apricot jam, ripe mirabelle, pineapple liqueur, dried figs. Then it goes back to some ‘resinous’ aromas, like old turpentine… This is just endless. What a beauty! Wait, now I have a walk in the forest under the rain. Fern, mushrooms, humus… It would have been simpler – and quicker - to write down all the aromas you can’t find in this whisky. Let’s move on...

    Mouth: rather bold attack, with quite some tannins right at the start, but they are soon to get replaced by some wax, eucalyptus, old books… A little dusty and, to be honest, tired. There is almost no point in rating the palate, this malt stands just by its nose. And what a nose! 93 points.

  5. Deloti scored this whisky 96 points Expert Senior

    this version tried together with bowmore gold 1964 and 1956. You can tell it´s a good old bowmore straightaway. I enjoyed the turn from tropical to forest fruits on the palate. top down: gold 1964, fino 1964, white 1964, 1957 38yo, bowmore 1956, bourbon 1964
    tried in 2016
    • Nose
      94 94
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      92 92

  6. Deloti scored this whisky 96 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Very complex nose. opens up very fruity. Tropical fruits, guava, oranges, passion fruit, honeyed bananas, limes. Then it develops into a wilder side with notes of figs, forest, sea breeze. It goes on and on, beeswax, eucalyptus, subtle smoke, old wood, leather, tobacco leaves. very elegant
    • Taste
      Powerful start with pepper, nutmeg, sea salt and clove. More tropical fruits, cocoa and old book, wet hay and spiced oak
    • Finish
      Long. liquorice, pepper, caramel, light smoke and dark chocolate

  7. Laird Of Islay did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    It was on a mid-winter’s day, 14 January 1957, when this bottle of Bowmore began its special journey to maturation. New distilled spirit was poured into oak casks, much the same as any other day at Bowmore Distillery. However, the spirit within casks numbered 216-220 was to become special.Bowmore’s Distillery Manager nurtured and monitored this spirit through the years, as with all casks of Bowmore, waiting for the day when he knew the whisky was at its prime. Over time, the spirit rested quietly in the No 1 Vaults of Bowmore Distillery, breathing in the fresh sea air and developing its unique Bowmore personality.Ten, twenty, thirty years passed by and still the spirit in those five casks wished to slumber. Its brothers had long since matured. The Distillery Manager knew that something unique was developing in the casks and kept a careful vigil over them. However, in its thirty eighth year, the spirit was found sitting just above the critical 40% alcoholic volume strength for Scotch Whisky and so he moved with haste to have the whisky bottled. If he had waited a moment longer, the whisky would have become extinct, and a piece of history wiped out forever.The precious spirit was soon bottled and placed in this handmade oak presentation case, carefully crafted by the Master Cabinet Makers of Charles Kirkby & Sons, Sheffield, England.This unique autumnal coloured Bowmore should be given time in the glass to open up, time for the Bowmore character to release itself. To preserve every last drop of character in this fine whisky, we decided not to chill filter it. Should water be added, it may alter in appearance, acquiring a natural soft haze.As one of only 861 bottles ever produced, this bottle of Bowmore 1957, aged Thirty Eight Years, is a true gem in the Bowmore family.


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