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Overall rating 70 votes 88.97
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
The Whisky Agency (TWA)
Bottling serie
Faces
Vintage
1996
Bottled
2013
Stated Age
17 years old
Casktype
Refill Bourbon Hogshead
Number of bottles
307
Strength
52.7 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Added on
28 Apr 2013 9:48 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 375.00

My 4 x 25 ratings

Nose
1
Taste
1
Finish
1
Balance
1

Average 4 x 25 rates

Nose 22
Taste 23
Finish 22
Balance 23

Tastingtags

19 Notes

thijs100
Expert Senior thijs100 Tasting note
20 Jul 2017 2:36 pm
thijs100 gave this whisky 90 points
Color
Old gold
Nose

Fresh peat, brine and soot, accompanied by green apples, straw, mango, sweet vanilla and banana peel. Extremely complex and ever-changing. Now more marzipan, malted barley and feint wood smoke, with a slight minerality.

Taste

A very creamy start, with subtle peat smoke. Quite earthy, with a touch of charcoal, as well as brine, pepper and licorice. I don't really get the abundant fruitiness many others describe, although there's definitely some grapefruit and lemon zest here.

Finish

Zesty, briny and subtly peated, with citrus fruits fighting for attention. Long.

Comments

A Bowmore that noses wonderfully, but doesn't quite deliver the same high-level experience on the palate (to me at least). Still top notch whisky though. This is lovely stuff and for sure my preferred style of Islay whisky.

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P.A.O.K.you_are
Expert Senior P.A.O.K.you_are Review note
11 Sep 2016 1:37 am
P.A.O.K.you_are gave this whisky 92 points
Weighted Rate
91.6
Nose
92
Initial taste
92
Body
92
Finish
91
Price
90
Presentation
92
yapi
Expert Junior yapi Note
02 Feb 2016 8:07 pm
yapi gave this whisky 92 points

Bowmore 17 yo 1996/2013 (52.7%, The Whisky Agency, hogshead, 307 bottles) Five stars Why did they put a portrait of Jacques Brel onto the label? Seriously, it's quite wonderful. "In the port of Amsterdam, there are sailors who sing…" Colour: white wine. Nose: stop it, turn off the lights, this is it. Perfect sooty, smoky, ashy Bowmore. No need to say more. Mouth: utter perfection, everything's there. The smoke, the tropical fruits, the brine and god knows what else. It's rather more complex than others, balance is absolutely perfect, well everything's perfect. Finish: sadly, yes. Maybe it's a wee-tad too sweet and 'grapefruity' for Bowmore, but you see, I just had to find something I do not totally like in this little whisky. Comments:  "And when they are too drunk, they plant their noses to the sky, they blow their noses in the stars and they piss like I cry on unfaithful women…" Ah, Maître Jacques…SGP:556 - 91 points.


Serge Valentin, Whiskyfun
yapi
Expert Junior yapi Note
02 Feb 2016 8:56 pm
yapi gave this whisky 92 points

Bowmore 17y 1996/2013, 52.7%, The Whisky Agency ‘Faces’, refill bourbon hogshead, 307 bottles
Ronde, romige en expressieve ‘Brora’-neus op zilt en turfrook, honing en vanille, citrus en wit fruit (perziken, appels, kruisbessen), heide en (nat) hooi. Farmy! Jawel. Doet echt denken aan Brora 1977 of een geturfde batch Brora 1981. Een klein beetje jodium ook. Onderliggend lijnzaadolie en een heerlijke mineraliteit. Kalk. En dat fruit krijgt nu zelfs ook een tropisch kantje. Meloen en ananas. Daarna krijg ik ook nog wat kruiden. Peperkoek. Het blijft maar evolueren, zonder dat er één geur bovenuit steekt. De smaak vertoont complexe tonen van honing, turfrook, zilt, peper, kaneel, zoethout, mandarijn, meloen, ananas, papaja, perzik, marsepein, lijnzaadolie, eik, hooi… Ja, vooral veel puntjes. Aardse tonen wil ik toch ook nog vermelden. Het begint romig en elegant, om te evolueren naar een iets scherper profiel. De afdronk is lang, de eik treedt wat meer op de voorgrond, maar het fruit (mandarijn) en de turf blijven hun ding doen. Typisch Bowmore uit deze periode maar dan met nóg meer fruit en dat beetje ‘Brora’ op de neus, terwijl het rokerig, zilt en farmy karakter behouden blijft. In het tweede deel van de smaak misschien net iets te scherp om nog hoger te scoren. Tien, vijftien jaar flessenrijping en je hebt vloeibaar goud in handen. 91/100


Johan, Onversneden
malt_fan_06
Expert Senior malt_fan_06 Note
11 Nov 2015 11:28 pm
malt_fan_06 gave this whisky 90 points

Ein maskuliner, intellektueller Bowmore. Braucht definitiv Zeit und Beschäftigung, um seine ganze Klasse zu zeigen.
Straff, aschig, rauchig, maritim mit hintergründiger feiner Frucht. Trocken, aber harmonisch abgestimmt. Schön !

yapi
Expert Junior yapi Note
02 Nov 2015 10:39 pm
yapi gave this whisky 92 points

155 euro? Please contact me!

yapi
Expert Junior yapi Note
02 Nov 2015 8:49 pm
yapi gave this whisky 92 points

this is utter madness, you are killing me!!! 

yapi
Expert Junior yapi Note
02 Nov 2015 8:33 pm
yapi gave this whisky 92 points

I don't know who changed the price to less than 50 euro's but please tell me where I can find about 20 bottles then please please!!! 

Andy
Expert Senior Andy Review note
18 Oct 2015 10:37 pm
Andy gave this whisky 93 points

was für ein Brett einfach nur Geil

Weighted Rate
93.2
Nose
95
Initial taste
94
Body
94
Finish
94
Price
86
Presentation
92
My Collection
newman346
Expert Senior newman346 Note
13 Apr 2015 7:46 am
newman346 gave this whisky 94 points

Bowmore 1996/2013 17yo TWA Faces 70cl 52.7% Refill Bourbon Hogshead 307btls. スリーリバース-練馬区田柄 これは,コンディション不良の日なので,難しい Highland 系の Distillery は飲めないからと, ついつい逃げてしまった?Bowmore 1996! どうせなら,Bar にいけない日に コンディション不良になってしまいたいのに. Color: ちょうどいい 飴色. 注ぐと,あたかも 透明 な liqueur の如し. Nose: 意外と骨太. 鰹節 の オヤジギッシュ. Attack: あまおう と 苺ギッシュ. いきなり ショートケーキ 炸裂. わずかに 火打ち石 の焦げ感. Body: 減量した フェザー級 にぴったりな レモン水. Taste: やや 老け気味 の柑橘感 が支配. でも さんま塩焼き の苦みに 少し強力に酢橘 がかぶった ニュアンス. おでんの こんにゃく が,しみだす ニュアンス. しじみ汁も 御健在. Finish: ぬるくなった ラガービール. 焦げた ちくわ感が, ワックスと散っていく. 時間経過で やっと 砂っぽさ. オヤジギッシュ な ドイツ 的な?砂の女王としては, なかなか いい 一杯でした.

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