Overall rating
88.89/100
votes
97
Whiskybase ID
WB41572
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
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 375.00

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Whisky reviews for Bowmore 1996 TWA

20 users have left 27 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 88.89 points.

  1. 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.

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  3. Castelli scored this whisky 82 points Member Senior

    Smoky but fruity, starts a bit sharp
    • Nose
      88 88
      Smoky first, then fruit
    • Taste
      72 72
      Sharp onset, then the fruit returns
    • Finish
      85 85
      Firm finish

  4. 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

  5. Wtrstrnghlt scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

  6. Mark-E scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

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

  7. McMoulis scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  8. wataya scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

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

  9. EJS scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      90 90

  10. Hvdree scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

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

  11. GIORGOS scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

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

  12. P.A.O.K.you_are scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

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

  13. yapi scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    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

  14. yapi scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Bowmore 17y 1996/2013, 52.7%, The Whisky Agency 'Faces', refill bourbon hogshead, 307 bottles
    Round, creamy and expressive 'Brora' nose on salt and peat smoke, honey and vanilla, citrus and white fruit (peaches, apples, gooseberries), heather and (wet) hay. Farmy! Yes. It really reminds of Brora 1977 or a peated batch of Brora 1981. A little bit of iodine too. Underlying linseed oil and a delicious minerality. Chalk. And that fruit now even gets a tropical side. Melon and pineapple. Then I also get some herbs. Gingerbread. It keeps on evolving, without one smell sticking out. The taste shows complex notes of honey, peat smoke, salt, pepper, cinnamon, licorice, mandarin, melon, pineapple, papaya, peach, marzipan, linseed oil, oak, hay ... Yes, especially many dots. I also want to mention earthy tones. It starts creamy and elegant, to evolve into a slightly sharper profile. The aftertaste is long, the oak is more prominent, but the fruit (mandarin) and the peat keep doing their thing. Typical Bowmore from this period but with even more fruit and that bit of 'Brora' on the nose, while the smoky, salty and farmy character is preserved. In the second part of the taste maybe just a little too sharp to score even higher. Ten, fifteen years of bottle aging and you have liquid gold in your hands. 91/100
    Johan, Uncut

  15. malt_fan_06 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    A masculine, intellectual Bowmore. Definitely needs time and employment to show his whole class.
    Taut, ashen, smoky, maritime with subtle subtle fruit. Dry but harmonious. Nice !

  16. yapi scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    155 euro? Please contact me!

  17. yapi scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

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

  18. yapi scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    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!!! 

  19. Andy scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    what a board just awesome
    • Nose
      95 95
    • Taste
      94 94
    • Finish
      94 94

  20. 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

  21. Georges scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      85 85

  22. Georges scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Peat smoke, maritime, citrus, ashy
    • Taste
      Peat smoke, ashy, spicy
    • Finish
      Long, smoky, bitter

  23. yapi scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    This is Just utter pleasure... Amazing dram, went from a 91 to a 92 after 7-8 drams out of The bottle and Some air... Wonderful!

  24. GlenSikkes did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    By Johan (Uncut); Bowmore 17y 1996/2013, 52.7%, The Whisky Agency 'Faces', refill bourbon hogshead, 307 bottles
    Round, creamy and expressive 'Brora' nose on salt and peat smoke, honey and vanilla, citrus and white fruit (peaches, apples, gooseberries), heather and (wet) hay. Farmy! Yes. It really reminds of Brora 1977 or a peated batch of Brora 1981. A little bit of iodine too. Underlying linseed oil and a delicious minerality. Chalk. And that fruit now even gets a tropical side. Melon and pineapple. Then I also get some herbs. Gingerbread. It keeps on evolving, without one smell sticking out. The taste shows complex notes of honey, peat smoke, salt, pepper, cinnamon, licorice, mandarin, melon, pineapple, papaya, peach, marzipan, linseed oil, oak, hay ... Yes, especially many dots. I also want to mention earthy tones. It starts creamy and elegant, to evolve into a slightly sharper profile. The aftertaste is long, the oak is more prominent, but the fruit (mandarin) and the peat keep doing their thing. Typical Bowmore from this period but with even more fruit and that bit of 'Brora' on the nose, while the smoky, salty and farmy character is preserved. In the second part of the taste maybe just a little too sharp to score even higher. Ten, fifteen years of bottle aging and you have liquid gold in your hands. 91/100

  25. addyhd scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    i have a big weakness for this kind of Bowmore's.
    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      91 91

  26. Rossi99 scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

    It's a pretty good young Bowmore, especially in the cold days!
    Loads of tropical moves, bitter oranges skin, just a hint of peat underneath, a little creamy coating with smoking ashes..
    Superb ashes Bowmore and definitely not a soap one! 

    It's a punchy bitter sweet symphony but you have to like it bitter....

  27. yapi scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    yes, that is actually quite funny

  28. Titi94 did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Scored 90/100 by WhiskyNotes.be and 91/100 by WhiskyFun.com.

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