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Overall rating
89.08/100
votes
100
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 9:01 pm
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Average value

€ 362.50

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Whisky Reviews for Bowmore 1996 TWA

27 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.08 points

  1. GIORGOS scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

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

  2. thijs100 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    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.
    • 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.

  3. yapi scored this whisky 92 points Expert Junior

    Bowmore 17 yo 1996/2013 (52.7%, The Whisky Agency, hogshead, 307 bottles)  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

  4. newman346 scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    Bowmore 1996/2013 17yo TWA Faces 70cl 52.7% Refill Bourbon Hogshead 307 btls. Three Reverse - Nerima Ward Tabuki Since this is a bad condition day, has it escaped to avoid a difficult Highland distillery? Bowmore 1996! Anyway, I would like to have a bad condition on the day I can not go to the bar. Color: Just a good candy color. As if pouring, it looks like a transparent liqueur. Nose: It is unexpectedly fragile. Oyaji gish of bonito. Attack: Stop it with Gloom. Suddenly short cake explosion. Slight burnt feeling of flint.Body: Lemon water perfect for weight loss featherweight. Taste: Citrus feeling somewhat aging dominates. But Sansea Salt-grilled bitterness is a bit nifence wrapped in saucepan crust. Oden's Konjac, but a blotchy nuance. Shijimi juice is also healthy. Finish: Luscious lager beer. The burned crisp feeling scatters with wax. Finally it's sandy over time. Are you a German oieagishishi? As a queen of sand, it was quite a nice cup. https://whisky2010.usukeba.com/u/whisky2010/1fyharsb8kuckk

  5. GlenSikkes did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    By ruben (WhiskyNotes.be) ; Bowmore 17 yo 1996 (52,7%, The Whisky Agency ‘Faces’ 2013, refill bourbon hogshead, 307 btl.)

    Nose: interesting nose. It’s definitely modern, clean Bowmore, with maritime notes, medium peat smoke, soot and a very pleasant vanilla roundness. What’s different, is that this one also has butter pastry, marzipan and a great (light) farmy edge (sheep stables). Wonderfully balanced as well. Mouth: quite sweet but also zesty and briney. Citrus candy, lots of grapefruit zest, almonds and pepper. Honeyed and smoky. Faint earthy notes, with a sharper spiciness. A bit of anise. The fruits come back towards the end in a more tropical disguise (plums, kumquat, even a little mango). Finish: still balancing between (bigger) bitterness and (softer) sweetness.

    I really liked this one, sometimes these well-made Bowmores all seem a bit too similar, but this one had a few twists while still retaining its perfect balance. No need to say it comes highly recommended. Around € 100 and the insider’s pick of this batch by The Whisky Agency.

    Score: 91/100

    http://www.whiskynotes.be/2013/bowmore/bowmore-1996-whisky-agency/

  6. Eilean a' Cheo scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      92 92
      Briny, sweet barley, tropical fruits' skin, green apple, wood smoke,vanilla beans, sharp and oily at the same time
    • Taste
      91 91
      Sweet and peaty, with pepper and vanilla, more sharp and mineral than fruity..a nice profile less complex than the nose though
    • Finish
      90 90
      Long on grapefruit, salt and ashes, occassionaly a bit bitter on these grapefruit notes

  7. Wtrstrnghlt scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

  8. Mark-E scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

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

  9. McMoulis scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      87 87

  10. wataya scored this whisky 91 points Expert Junior

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

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