Bowmore 1972

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
The Prestonfield
Stated Age
16 years old
Sherry Wood
1036 - 39
43.0 % Vol.
750 ml
Bottled for
Prestonfield House
Added on
02 Jul 2012 3:28 pm

Average value

€ 2303.62

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91 × member ratings

83 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Bowmore 1972

19 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 93.43 points

  1. sagara-kun scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Very nice but deserve a little more watt to express itself completely even if it is very far from being soft or boring. A simple desire for "what if?"
    I do not really smell sherry here.
    • Nose
      92 92
      Indispensable to leave this Bowmore at least 30 minutes so that it begins to show all its complexity.

      A bomb of lemon, citrus, papaya, passion fruit. Pineapple crystallized.
      Wood, currants. Sureau. Engine oil.
      Very fresh, young. A little bit of dust, but much less than in the 10yo Prestonfield bottled in the same years.

      With aeration a little smoke and peat appear but are very integrated with the fruit.
    • Taste
      92 92
      On the palate it's oily, milky.
      Peat is more present but still integrated.
      We have honey, always lemon, grapefruit, zest. Passion fruit, mango (danao). White flower. It's sweet.
    • Finish
      91 91
      Sweet finish on the camphorated fruit, a slight smoke and pepper.

  2. ctu scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    What a big antique Bowmore, especially in sherry and citruses.
    • Nose
      93 93
      Floral. Big citruses, exotic and forest fruits, honey, milk caramel and sherry. Touch of peat.
    • Taste
      94 94
      Fresh. Citruses, antique leather, creamy peat, raspberry, mint, milk coffee and lacquered wood. Spices.
    • Finish
      93 93
      Long, spicy, oaky.

  3. lincolnimp scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    Quite a heavily sherried Bowmore this one, I still think 93 points is about right for this one.

  4. dram-drinker scored this whisky 95 points Moderator

    With Bowmore the variety is very big - from almost undrinkable for me (i.e. 12yo) to really excellent - this one is very good actually - one of my favorite Bowmores.
    • Nose
      Rich, fruity, tropical fruits, honey, old books, some lemony, little grassy and vegetables, flowery, a bit toffee too
    • Taste
      Fresh, nice sherry wood with subtle sweetness, some citrusy notes, leathery notes, faint smoky notes, again fruity like mangos, passion fruit, pineapples
    • Finish
      Medium long and smooth, some nice coffee notes coming up

  5. Alex did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    This superb bottling, taken from sherry casks 1036-1039, was distilled at Bowmore distillery on the 28th February 1972 and was bottled, for Prestonfield House of Edinburgh, by Signatory Vintage 16 years later.




  6. CowboyTzf scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      85 85

  7. DannyDram scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    Complex, very nicely balanced Sherry Bowie, which convinces with a lot of depth and complexity.
    • Nose
      95 95
      Red berries, fruity, wood, walnut, peaty, smoky, citrusy, milk chocolate, toffee, paraffin and a bit maritime. Everything is very harmonious, complex and lots of depth with pronounced intensity
    • Taste
      94 94
      Cold smoke, citrus, milk chocolate, coconut, raisins, blood oranges, leather and a subtle rubber note. Well structured, harmonious and a light sweetness, pronounced intensity
    • Finish
      94 94
      Citric, orange, cold smoke, roasted aromas. Long finish, changes from citrus to beautiful pepper.

  8. detachedblue scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    A classic old style Bowmore, the peat is almost silent, top quality sherry cask, but a higher ABV would be much better.
    • Nose
      Big, Bold, peat is rather muted but integrated into the tropical fruits, interplays between grapes and melons, cheddar, smoked salmon.
    • Taste
      Big old sherried whisky, rather similar to old Spesiders, grapes, blood orange, dark chocolates, leather and spices, very minty, a little bit watery to my taste.
    • Finish
      Medium to long, a bit bitter.

  9. Malinois scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    dram-drinker's notes are spot on! 

    It has a good level of peat which I didn't expected. The tropical fruits are a bit less than the '68 DT (hogshead) I had before this one, but here the sherry is involved in it. Still a belter of a dram! 

  10. lincolnimp scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    This was what happened when I did a head to head of different oldder Bowmore.   

    Before I started on the three 1972 offerings there was a clear front runner - the Sea Dragon had the best nose and palate.     


    Bowmore 30 year 43% Sea Dragon ceramic OB        

    Bowmore 1964 Gold 44year 42.4% OB       

    Bowmore 1972/1990 Samaroli Flowers 43%    

    Bowmore 1956 bottled 1980`s 43% OB    

    Bowmore 1972 36 year cask 3881 LMDW 48.8% Prestonfield     

    Bowmore 1972 16 year cask 1036-1039 43% Prestonfield       

    Bowmore 1965 20 year 48.5% Intertrade .       

    All of these Bowmore are quality but the Sea Dragon was a clear winner on nose and palate and I have revised my score upwards of the 64 Gold,the Samaroli had a great nose.


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