Bowmore 1963 Anniversary

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Stated Age
30 years old
Number of bottles
50.0 % Vol.
700 ml 750 ml
Added on
06 apr 2009 12:44 pm

Average value

€ 17214.32

29 × in wishlist

58 × member ratings

43 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Bowmore 1963 Anniversary

13 users have left 14 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 93.62 points.

  1. detachedblue scored this whisky 95 points Connoisseur

    This is more balanced and intense than the black Bowmore, I strongly prefer.
    • Nose
      Very leathery, high-end leather. Smoky and peaty, similar to an inter-trade bottle, not so elegant like other Bowmore in the 60s. Dates from the sherry influence. Now the tropical bomb appears, grapes, papaya, similar to Black Bowmore, but more intense and focused, seaweeds, top tier sherry
    • Taste
      Sour, inky and peaty, tropical fruits, tannins, big, extremely lemony, fruity, banana, extremely good, fresh melons.
    • Finish
      Long, tropical fruits, sweet melons and engine oil, leather, lemon, long tea and seaweeds.

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  3. Dram Dracula scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      A gorgeous nose. Thick, juicy fruits... sugar cane, caramel, prunes, raisins... with ever so slightly metallic note. It's not super extravagantly fruity in the nose like a few other 60's Bowmore's I've had, but this could just be because this is higher in ABV than the others... (most 60's bowmore are around 43% in ABV).
    • Taste
      Wow... tremendous stuff! Very fruity (duh), with surprisingly more peat than I thought it would have. The ABV of 50% is perfect. It's complex, layered, with loads of vanilla, honeycomb, fresh peaches, apricots, pineapple, and also a bit of eucalyptus. Oak is present, but not very obtrusive. Some leather. There's again some metallic tinge here, but no worries, it doesn't detract from the overall quality whatsoever. I've had fruitier Bowmore's, but I think the ABV here is really perfect.
    • Finish
      Great from start to finish. No complaints in the finish.

  4. Thewowbar1986 scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    60's Bowmore fruit, but not that 1968 37y bourbon vintage fruit but darker, warm and tender, messing around here, more dark chocolate after eights, camphor, coalfore, one of the greatest peated islay whisky's i ever had. Will remind this for ever.

  5. ConvalRen scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      93 93

  6. macwhisky scored this whisky 95 points Connoisseur

    A grandiose Bowmore with the same fruit as the many 1966s, but with more power on the palate. A real masterpiece.

  7. Thewowbar1986 scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    Tasted in On the IWF Ghent in 2013 with a very good whiskyfriend. Bottle was owned by the whiskycorner (Marc Segers), in my opinion one of the best Bowmore’s ever tasted…Deep, complex, all you expect and most balanced…superb, flabbergasting!

  8. n11 scored this whisky 95 points Connoisseur

    captivating fragrance,
    Aromas of sherry and tropical fruits

    red fruit, tropical

    Anyway tropical, complex aftertaste

    One of the bottles that impressed me in my second year experience.
    • Nose
      95 95
    • Taste
      96 96
    • Finish
      95 95

  9. Keppi63 scored this whisky 95 points Newbie

    Something of the finest I've ever tasted

  10. Schollus scored this whisky 95 points Expert Senior

    Coal, tar, cocoa, tobacco, only hints of fruit, no tropical fruit basket or grapefruit, but very impressive and unique old Bowmore

  11. Zinni scored this whisky 95 points Connoisseur

    Perfect balance of wood, fruit and minimal peat. A big movie theater!

  12. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

    Reminded me of white bowmore with its brilliant tropical nose. Wonderful!

  13. checkpointuk scored this whisky 95 points Connoisseur Color: full gold
    Nose: Tobacco, leather, wet cardboard and a fine spiciness of cinnamon, cardamom, paprika, sea salt and white pepper is in the glass. Coal, ash, peat, sports bandages and old car tires go hand in hand with red fruit tea, caramel, honey and vanilla. Yes!
    Taste: Creamy-round body with a lot of spice! Fresh, juicy mint, salt, loads of black pepper, chili, red pepper and subtle fruit nuances of orange and red apples. With leather, tobacco, almonds and wood. A freshness of mint and eucalyptus as well as medicinal notes go over into the finish.
    Finish: Long - fresh and spicy with nutmeg, cardamom, cinnamon, salt, pepper and eucalyptus; green, fresh notes of seaweed, algae, iodine-rich smoke and peat stick to the tongue. Over time getting creamier with emerging chocolate and cocoa notes.
    Remark: The finish is already outrageously good!
    95 points (nose: 95 / taste: 95 / finish: 96)

  14. XorLophaX scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    Conclusion: 93/100 points - "nice old Bowmore". The 30th Anniversary offers many flavors of the "good old days" such as walnuts and bitter wood on the finish. This whisky is something special and deserves a proper tasting with a lot of time. He thanks this with a fantastic development! Great. Link to the tasting on my blog:
    • Nose
      A tight, closed nose. He needs some time to breathe, then he sells flavors of sultanas, oranges and black pepper. A hint of smoke in the background. Through prolonged breathing aromas of vanilla and freshly baked cookies.
    • Taste
      Starts quite alcoholic with hints of caramel, plums, dark berries and some orange. Complex and intense. Delicious. When the alcohol is gone, flavors of fresh walnuts and chocolate open.
    • Finish
      Long, intense finish with plenty of dried fruit and towards the end bitter wood. In the background a slight hint of fresh walnuts.

  15. Feusi did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    A 30 year old Bowmore bottled in 1963, the year that Stanley Morrison bought the company, and released as a celebration of the 30th year of his ownership.


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