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Bowmore Bicentenary

Overall rating
93.96/100
votes
48
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
75 Proof - 26 2/3 Fl.oz.
Bottled
1979
Strength
43.0 % Vol.
Size
757 ml
Added on
30 Jul 2011 6:46 pm

Average value

€ 3128.87

19 × in wishlist

48 × member ratings

31 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Bowmore Bicentenary

8 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 93.96 points

  1. detachedblue scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    Classic and legendary.
    • Nose
      Intense engine oil, rich sherry, perfect integration, octopus ink, top quality pu-er tea, cigar leaves
    • Taste
      Rich and oily, very salty, seductive peat and oak combination, leathery, a lot of seaweed, just perfect.
    • Finish
      Long, sweet dates and leather, sherry is dominating here, dark/milk chocolates, more cigar leaves and mushrooms.

  2. el Gato scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      95 95
    • Taste
      94 94
    • Finish
      92 92

  3. el Gato scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Tropic thunder! Mango, peachy. Citrus. Lemon tonic water. Sherry. Very delicate smoke. 
    • Taste
      Quite oily. The tropic fruits start. Lemon Tonic water follows. Very peachy now. Grapefruit.
    • Finish
      Pretty long finish. Grapefruit is there all the way. Mouthwatering finish. Oaky. A bit spicy. The last couple of sips, the finish felt a bit soapy. 

  4. Dram Dracula scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    A great drinking whisky, very chuggable. The nose is its best part. Intensely fruity, with an abundance of passion fruit, mangos, sweet pears. The palate has this really nice, thick, sticky element to it, along with a really nice but unusual coarse, granular texture. It suffers a bit from its rather abrupt finish. Added a bit of water at the end of my sample to see what would happen, but no further development -- probably shouldn't have added. This bicentenary would have been one of the greatest whiskies ever if bottled at a higher ABV. 

  5. Man of Skye did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    Note from a member of The Scots Whisky Forum: Bowmore celebrated his bicentenary in 1979 and released a large number of bottlings (to be found in Hans Sommer, the Dutchman who sold his distillery collection).
    There was, among other things, the Bicentenary in the crooked bottle (a replica of the earlier hand-blown bottles for special bottlings). Keyword slate neck, red wax closure.
    Packaging in heavy wooden box, or black cardboard box, or nice wooden box (I believe for Japan), certificate of authenticity on handmade paper with signature of Morrison, wrapping paper, cork and letter of the still. Inside the pulley is a long cork labeled Bowmore Bicentenary, which is guaranteed not to come out at once, so crumbs are preprogrammed.
    Of these, there were 24,000 pieces. Of these, the normal one was filled with the Lion Halslabel with the years 1950 to 1966 (in the worst case, "only" 12 years old). Everyone is allowed to figure out for themselves how the distribution of the vintages looked. In any case, there can not have been a "solera procedure" in which everything was poured together and then allowed to lie again. I've tried the normal 10 times and everyone tasted different (thanks Mara). Not all were really good. So far we are talking about 20,400 bottles.
    In the 3600 remaining bottles we speak of a Bowmore distilled in 1964 and after at least 14 years 1979 in the bottle of the same design came, just with the neck label 1964, instead of the Lion. This Bowmore is for me one of the best I know. I remember blackcurrant, which is not as sweet as the '66s.

  6. checkpointuk scored this whisky 95 points Connoisseur

    another note:
    Color: Pale amber
    Nose: Dull, fruity plum jam, paired with herbs, tobacco, some vanilla and a lot of maritime character. Resin, cough syrup, dried fruit and rounded off with smoky malt. An ingenious combination!
    Taste: More than you would have expected - creamy, round and harmonious down to the last detail. Dark forest berries, plums, elderberry juice (all sorts of dark fruits), ultra-spicy and salty combined. With notes of aromatic tea with honey, tobacco leaves, humidor and cough syrup it goes into the finish.
    Finish: Long - with dry herbs and cumin, elderberry, tobacco and nutmeg. Accompanied by a fruity-dark note, which is perfectly integrated.
    Remark: The taste starts awesome, but then builds up even more intense - just awesome! What a malt!
    95 points (nose: 94 / taste: 96 / finish: 95)

  7. checkpointuk scored this whisky 95 points Connoisseur

    http://www.weinkenner.de/2012/whisky-fair-2012-das-paradies-fuer-whiskyfreunde-in-limburg-23219/2/ Color: Pale amber
    Nose: Spicy garden herbs (basil, oregano, chervil, thyme), with a dry, salty sea breeze, maritime notes and dry peppery fruit.
    Taste: Creamy, smoky sherry with lots of black pepper and vanilla, nut aromas.
    Finish: medium finish, notes of sherry and medicinal sap.
    Rating: An absolute classic from probably the best Bowmore year

  8. aby did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    This is the one which contains a vatting of the "oldest stock in the Distillery". The vatting contains whisky from ten different years between 1950 and 1966 - all very rare.Most of it has been maturing in fine old sherry casks though some has also been drawn from American casks.  

    -- Quote from certificate which comes from Bowmore Bicentenary --

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