Bowmore 1972

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Islay Single Malt
Stated Age
21 years old
Sherry Butt
49.1 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
26 may 2011 9:05 am
UncoloredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 1365.67

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Whisky reviews for Bowmore 1972

10 users have left 12 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 93.51 points.

  1. prz22 scored this whisky 97 points Expert Senior

    Even better than the prestonfield, because not dilluted. Such an amazing proof of how well sherried might be islay malt. Amazing!!
    • Nose
      Evolves with time.. firstly: old sweet smoke, peaty salt, wax then.. suddenly character changes into fruit salad explosion!
      At anytime it lacks balance and distillery character! Stunning!
    • Taste
      oldschool waxes, creamy minerals, fruits in smoke, different with each sip! Paraffined papaya, mango and barbecue pearls.
      Perfectly integrated alcohol, so happy it is not reduced. It really does make a difference..
    • Finish
      Smoke from burnt fruity salad... sweet and malty, long, balanced, unforgettable.

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  3. OJK scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    So much fruit on the nose, leaning towards tropical and citrus fruits, along with yoghurt and children's cough syrup (perhaps even some milk of magnesia if anyone can remember that). Velvet on the palate, with luscious smoked fruits soaked in toffee and vanilla cream. The wood is a bit louder on the finish, with sherry spice and herbal smoke, but once again the tropical fruit sings the loudest.

  4. checkpointrk scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

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

  5. sagara-kun scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

    Superb Bowmore. The degree allows him to express himself better than other 21yo at 43%.
    The finish is one of the most beautiful that I have seen.
    • Nose
      94 94
      Another magnificent Bowmore nose. And what a color!
      Pineapple, passion fruit, papaya, blood orange, prickly pear
      Light medicinal, bandage.
      Licorice, molasses, burnt sugar.
      Noble wood. Light under dry wood.
    • Taste
      93 93
      In the mouth it is fruit syrup.
      Less tropical than the nose, we are above all on bitter orange, lemon, then come papaya, pineapple, banana behind.
      It's creamy, peppery.
      The wood is present, noble. With him his spices. Clove, nutmeg, licorice.
    • Finish
      95 95
      The finish is long, creamy, very smooth, on a cocktail of exotic fruits and citrus.
      We also have a comforting cold smoke, accompanied by a light peat.
      Simply perfect.

  6. PEATYBOI scored this whisky 92 points Expert Junior

    Older Bowmores have always been fascinating to me due to their reputation. This sort of lived up to its reputation, but I am in no hurry to acquire a bottle due to its secondary market price.

    On the nose, loads of tropical fruits such as papaya and mango. Notes of peach, citrus, and toffee can also be noticed. With time, slight notes of smoke comes through.

    On the palate, nuanced coastal flavours such as pepper, salt and seawater can be tasted. Tropical fruits then come into the foreground and swarms the palate with ripe mangos and melons. The sherry is also ever-present but never overwhelming. The nuanced approach of the palate is really indicative of the old-school Bowmore style (distinctly different from what the distillery produce nowadays).

    The finish is long with notes of honey, darker berries, and dark chocolate.

    Yes this certainly is better than most of the Bowmores you can readily find on the market now. However, this certainly is not the best Bowmore I have had. For the money, I'd probably go for some outstanding Broras. Just my two cents.

  7. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    I like this one much better than the 1971 21yo, not si tropical but a real fruit bomb with a mix of grapefruit orange stone fruits maybe a hint of papaya with some toffee, excellent

  8. gango4 scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    I definitely have not tasted many better whiskys yet, but the current price scares me off buying and opening a bottle.
    The sherry and those over 20 years have not killed the Bowmore distillery character, but let him run to top form. Fortunately, this bottle was not diluted down to 40% or 43%. He is exactly right.
    • Nose
      The Bowmore distilling character is clearly visible in the nose. The sherry influence, a little nut and orange or grapefruit. The smoke is there, but not intrusive, but it binds the flavors wonderfully together. No alcoholic note, but you can tell him already in the nose the strength. Over time, the walnut becomes clearer. Little raisins.
      With a little warmth, the citrus fruits are more present and the barrel influence becomes clearer. Slightly musty, moist wood and a gentle sea breeze. Does it smell like that in the Vaults N1? Still very round and then a little resin.
    • Taste
      Powerful, but not sharp. Perfect from the start. Again, he is very balanced.
      In the second sip a little saltier, the sea air pushes forward. Like a stale saltwater pool. The Sherry fruits I can not define here, the overall impression is so complex and they are pushed back. Wow.
    • Finish
      On the finish wet, slightly mellow wood. The smoke stops and it slowly disappears. Does not last too long after the first sip. Demands for more.
      After the second sip he stays a bit longer, but not endless. So medium.

  9. KayMeertens scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      91 91
      Cough pastilles with honey and lots of herbs. Blueberry, candied orange, peach, apple, toffee and mocha.
    • Taste
      92 92
      Honey, blueberry syrup, cough pastilles, peat, orange, toffee, strawberry, milk chocolate and pepper.
    • Finish
      91 91
      Toffee, blueberry, peat, honey, leather, cough pastilles and dark chocolate.

  10. dram-drinker scored this whisky 97 points Photo Moderator

    • Nose
      98 98
    • Taste
      98 98
    • Finish
      97 97

  11. dram-drinker scored this whisky 97 points Photo Moderator

    After the 3rd tasting I have to raise my rating again because it became even better. This is really stunning stuff!
    • Nose
      Very fresh, rich, intensive fruity, complex, much on citrus fruits, grapefruits, oranges, sugar fried bananas, passion fruit, mangos, lychees - in short a whole fruit salad - Superb!
    • Taste
      Unbelievable attack of fruity notes - oranges, citrus fruits, tropical fruits - I can't list them all - it's just like a fruit cocktail. It has a great sweetness just on the right level. The sherry and wood notes stay nicely in the back. Otherwise it is very creamy and smooth - Brilliant!
    • Finish
      Long and warm - it's surprisingly smooth and keeps the fruitness and sweetness until the very end - Fantastic!

  12. dram-drinker scored this whisky 97 points Photo Moderator

    This Bowmore became much better after the 2nd tasting when the bottle was already open for a few months. At the right temperature it is creamy and soft despite the 49.1% abv. The nose is actually fantastic - very fruity and full bodied. I could sniff this for hours. The palate has a good balance of oak wood, some citrusy and sweet notes. The finish is long and a bit more lemony and grassy like typical Bowmores. Watch out!

  13. aby did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    this bottle has a German backlabel which states it came from a single sherry butt which was selected on May 4 1993 because of its uniqueness and on July 22 1993 bottled in numbered bottles


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