Bowmore 1964 Black

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
2nd Edition
Stated Age
30 years old
Oloroso Sherry Butt
Number of bottles
50.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
11 sep 2008 5:07 pm

Average value

€ 31496.87

62 × in wishlist

110 × member ratings

86 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Bowmore 1964 Black

14 users have left 15 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 94.06 points.

  1. LiquidThoughts scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

    Absolutely brilliant, had kept my expectations flat so that I would not be disappointed, but it turned out to be the opposite, you can't really say more, points speak for themselves. A little more smoke could have been left.
    • Nose
      Great! Greasy, voluminous and yet round, only very subtle smoke from Bowmore, in the form of extinguished incense sticks, lots of camphor, saffron, cumin, freshly grated cocoa and coffee beans, dark toffee, nougat, old Armagnac, Demerara sugar, sweet old tobacco leaves , candied ginger, plum and black cherry, sweet liquorice, a little chamomile in between, blackberries, marzipan, fresh coffee beans become more intense over time and dark chocolate becomes darker
    • Taste
      Lots of high-quality, freshly poured coffee, camphor, nutmeg, licorice, plus great sweetness from freshly squeezed pomegranate, bitter and also blood orange, tobacco, cumin, ginger, beautiful anise, alcohol super gently integrated and yet very buttery and present
    • Finish
      Anise, liquorice, cherry, violet, tobacco, long, dry-sweet

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  3. Barbone scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

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

  4. Rambojunior83 scored this whisky 95 points Expert Senior

    A legend among the Bowmores. Very complex in nose, mouth and an ultra long finish.
    Unfortunately for the price simply unaffordable. I'm glad I got it at a reasonable price.
    • Nose
      95 95
    • Taste
      94 94
    • Finish
      96 96

  5. ConvalRen scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    First tested in 2016, revisit in 2022.

    I can see why I disliked it back then as sherry was quite a bore due to the contrasting early days of my whisky journey.

    However, in 2022 now, having enjoyed old sherry and old distillate from bowmore I have found this very delectable.
    • Nose
      90 90
      On the nose is juniper berries sugared berried, pitted prunes, old oak, plum extract, black grapes, toffee, vanilla and a hay like musk.
    • Taste
      92 92
      Onwards to the body brings leather, old oak, moscatel wine, onion relish, fried chicken gizzard, toffee, brown sauce, blackberry pudding, egg custard, sage, lightly spiced peppercorn turkey and an array of cloves and cinnamon.
    • Finish
      93 93
      Very long throughout the mouth and down through the throat. Though it does not coat the mouth with a strong sherry, the flavours continue to develop with tree bark, and blackberries.

  6. Smile99 scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

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

  7. sagara-kun scored this whisky 95 points Connoisseur

    Drunk in the continuity of a line up of old Bowmores focused on tropical fruit.

    We change colors here (how funny I am).
    Big sherry, big aromas, big complexity, and surprisingly without any overpowering wood.

    • Nose
      94 94
      A very nice nose, more melted than the first edition in my memories.

      We start with a nice typical smoke, with a light peat, charcoal and barbecue aromas: grilled meat, grison.
      Then we move on to molasses, wet tobacco, liquorice.
      The fruit is not discreet, with a huge boiling cauldron of black and dried fruit jam: blackberry, blackcurrant, fig, date.
      We have a nice dose of precious wood, leather, black pepper, dark chocolate, coffee.

      We are definitely on a big sherry, powerful on all fronts, very complex, but without any aggressiveness. The alcohol seems perfectly integrated.
    • Taste
      95 95
      In the mouth, it's an explosion.
      Leather, precious wood, molasses, tobacco, cigar, black fruit jam, blackberry, date, fig, blackcurrant, toffee, pepper, peat, bacon, grison, coffee, dark chocolate, noble wood, light varnish, peat, ash, barbecue ...
      All the aromas mix and magnify, turning in the mouth without stopping.
      We also have a slight violet which is really superb (if only it had remained so distinguished in the 80s)
    • Finish
      95 95
      Long finish, on peat, smoke, grison, pepper, precious wood, molasses, and black fruit jam cooked in a cauldron.
      Superb in length and indulgence.

  8. dram-drinker scored this whisky 95 points Photo Moderator

    Heavily sherried but not quite a sherry bomb, balanced peat and smoke, complex, fruity - very drinkable and enjoyable with a good level of oomph - fantastic!
    • Nose
      95 95
      Truck loads of dried fruits, dates, figs, plums, toffee and liquorice galore, little coffee and chocolate as well, hints of menthol and eucalyptus, brown sugar, molasses, tobacco, whiffs of smoke, spices, nutmeg, herbs, sherry wood, whiffs of rubber and leather - superb!
    • Taste
      95 95
      Oily, creamy, lot of liquorice, toffee, coffee, good sweetness, dried fruits, molasses, herbs, tobacco, mocha, sherry wood, menthol, eucalyptus, deep sherry wood, hints of peat and smoke, dark chpocolate - delicious!
    • Finish
      94 94
      Medium long, warm, more sherry wood, little tannic, herbal, not drying

  9. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 95 points Connoisseur

    reviewed rating from 96 to 95

  10. Griller76 scored this whisky 99 points Expert Junior

    I have never experienced a whisky that exudes such a beguiling and space-filling aroma from the glass and that immediately after pouring.
    It was really extremely difficult to get a trustworthy, real sample and the wait was really more than worth it.
    It is difficult to crack open this tightly interwoven abundance of aromas, but it gives great pleasure to the senses for a long time to enjoy and crackle the abundance of aromas.
    • Nose
      Time-honored sherry of the highest quality, which has been in the wood for a long time and is sweet at the perfect peak of its maturation.
      Sweet dried fruit such as dates, plums, figs, raisins, apricots. But as a well-balanced counterweight, a subtle spicy petrol note. The wood is subtly subtle and leaves the sherry to the large orchestral stage.
      Some vanilla and violet are also included. One almost thinks that a little subtle carbon dioxide spices the fragrance into the nose.
    • Taste
      Despite the maturity, the alcohol still has a little burning power. Comfortable sweetness and chubby alcoholic burning break each other's first way, like two ruffians from a rugby team, who unite in one lane. The alcohol now runs past you, but remains noticeably nearby and you can deal with the more pleasant colossus of the two.
      The aroma is heavily balsamic with bitter oriental spices, as if the baker had peppered a fourfold portion of gingerbread spice into it accidentally. Herbs, such as clove and cardamom, dominate above all. But everything is covered with a sweet and balanced forest honey note.
      What a powerhouse!
      It is followed by very fine and subtle notes of caramel and creme brulee, the scent of confectionery from an old grocery store.
    • Finish
      It is long and remains on the tongue a good half an hour later. Sweet, dry spice and a bit of subtle smoke remain on the tongue, wrapped up in chubby fireplace heat.
      What a perfect and unmatched drop!

  11. ConvalRen scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Sampled in early 2016 with friends. Old notes had indicated my absolute dislike for sherry. Too much oak - wood influence was heavy and thick. Apart from that, they was plenty of dark berries, a herbal mixture of indian herbs.

    Salt, coastal depth and warmness. Very intense salt mixed with sweetness of berries. Not a harmonious mixture hence the score, even though at that time I had no idea of the Black Bowmore cost. A free flow amongst good friends.
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      87 87

  12. detachedblue scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    A classic 60s Bowmore, the nose suggested a meaty sherry monster with some herbal backbones, the palate returns a classic tropical Bowmore from the 60s, very refreshing.
    • Nose
      No need to say this is a classic sherry monster, dark and rich sherry, violet flowers, a lot of blackberries, baked apples and blackcurrants. Compare this to a legendary Karuizawa (1967 58.4), this one is much more herbal, very salty, suggesting a juicy roasted chicken, a lot of seaweeds as well. There is a dusty and earthy side which made it very dynamic. Not necessarily a tropical thunder as the Bowmores from the same period.
    • Taste
      Very salty and herbal, extremely fresh, then there are more tropical fruits such as pineapple and melons, very fruity and sour. Then it comes dark chocolates and mints, the body is not very oily but very intense.
    • Finish
      Medium to long, fresh lime and lemongrass, fresh mint leaves, dark chocolates, and papaya.

  13. markkerr02 scored this whisky 95 points Expert Senior

    Test 080: Black Bowmore - 080510
    The whisky tested:
    Fligth 1 Glass 1 Black Bowmore 1964 29Y 1993 First Edition 50% 107 points Glass 2 Black Bowmore 1964 30Y 1994 Second Edition 50% 107+ points Glass 3 Black Bowmore 1964 31Y 1995 Final Edition 49% 101 points Glass 4 Bowmore Sky 25Y 43% 46 points Flight 2 Glass 5 Bowmore 12Y 40% 70 points Glass 6 Bowmore 12Y Brown Dumpy Bottle 43% 105 points Glass 7 Bowmore Deluxe Brown Dumpy Bottle 43% 35 points Flight 3 Glass 8 Bowmore 16Y 1989 Bourbon 51% 61 points Glass 9 Bowmore 16Y 1990 Sherry 53.8% 71 points Gls 10 Bowmore 16Y 1991 Port 53.1% 77 points
    Testimonials Per Eriksson Black Bowmore 1964 30Y 1994 Second Edition 50% Scent: Russin, sweetness, complex, lavender, dates, figs, fruit cake, some oak, Taste: Sweet, fig, raisins, christmas cake, light oak, lavender, extremely little bitterness not at all like first edition Aftertaste: Very tall, oak, light lavender, sweet, raisins, figs Score: 95

  14. The Macallan scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

    Tasted not long ago at a friends place. It completely knocked me over, the intens fruity aroma`s with a nice portion of smoke and the chocolatey dried fruit candied flavor with a touch of oak made it complete. The finish was to die for, long, warm, fruity/oaky spices. GREAT!! I felt priviledged.

  15. mmaclean did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    The spirit that flows through its stills is one of the most lightly

    peated of the Islay whiskies. Despite using malt with a phenol content

    of over 20 parts per million, the spirit can stand up well to fairly

    lengthy maturation in rich sherry casks and the highly sought after

    Black Bowmore is the perfect example of this.

  16. Feusi did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    The second of the three extraordinary Oloroso cask 1964 Bowmores released in the mid-1990s. Like the first batch, this release was of 2000 bottles, and originally retailed on the high street for around £80(!). A much higher proportion of casks filled in the 1960s were sherry, and Black Bowmore is proof of the quality of some of those casks. With an almost unfathomable concentration and intensity of flavour, and perfect balance of fruit, peat and power, this whisky deserves the frequently overused `legendary` tag and has assumed almost mythic status amongst whisky collectors and aficionados. TWE


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