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Bowmore 1956

Overall rating
95.35/100
votes
96
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Islay Pure Malt
Vintage
1956
Casktype
Sherry Casks
Strength
43.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Added on
11 Apr 2009 10:52 am

Average value

€ 6292,00

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Tastingtags

13 Notes

checkpointuk
Expert Senior checkpointuk Note
28 Feb 2018 10:04 am
checkpointuk gave this whisky 96 points

http://kaypingers-whiskyblog.de/frontend/fullarticle.php?id=97

Farbe: Volles Gold

Nase: Saftige Früchte, rote und schwarze Beeren eingehüllt in sanftem Rauch. Orangen und Melonen mit maritimem Salz, roten Pfefferkörnern und würzigem Stallgeruch, sowie Noten von frisch umgegrabener Erde und nassem Leder. Sehr komplex und absolut ausgewogen.

Geschmack: Würzig cremiger Sherry mit weichen Torfaromen. Wieder leicht „farmy“ rauchig und immer salziger werdend. Süße marmeladeartige Fruchtnoten von Brombeeren, Holunder, etwas Zitrone und frischer Minze werden durch leckeren Waldhonig abgerundet. Mit viel Salz und Pfeffer geht es zum Finish

Finish: Sehr lang – Tabak, Leder, etwas Vanille und getrocknete Orangenscheiben. Immer würziger und herber werdend mit genialen Nussaromen, trockenem Torf und phenolhaltigem Rauch. Eine leichte Fruchtigkeit von schwarzem Obst und Beeren begleitet die Aromenpalette bis zum Ende.

Bemerkung: Dieses Finish wird wohl kaum mehr von anderen 43%-igen Malts zu übertreffen sein – traumhaft!

96 Punkte

N: 94P / G: 96P / A: 97P

lincolnimp
Connoisseur lincolnimp Note
17 Dec 2017 12:25 pm
lincolnimp gave this whisky 92 points

This was what happened when I did a head to head of different oldder Bowmore.

Before I started on the three 1972 offerings there was a clear front runner -  the Sea Dragon had the best nose and palate. 

 Result:- 

Bowmore 30 year 43% Sea Dragon ceramic OB    

Bowmore 1964 Gold 44year 42.4% OB    

Bowmore 1972/1990 Samaroli Flowers 43%  

Bowmore 1956 bottled 1980`s 43% OB  

Bowmore 1972 36 year cask 3881 LMDW 48.8% Prestonfield   

Bowmore 1972 16 year cask 1036-1039 43% Prestonfield   

Bowmore 1965 20 year 48.5% Intertrade     

All of these Bowmore are quality but the Sea Dragon was a clear winner on nose and palate and I have revised my score upwards of the 64 Gold,the Samaroli had a great nose.

lincolnimp
Connoisseur lincolnimp Review note
16 Dec 2017 11:07 am
lincolnimp gave this whisky 92 points

This has an excellent balance but at 43% it is too tame, yes it has the elegance but the explosion of flavours does not quite get there so 92-93 points is about right for me.

Weighted Rate
92
Nose
94
Initial taste
90
Body
95
Finish
91
Price
90
Presentation
90
lincolnimp
Connoisseur lincolnimp Tasting note
16 Dec 2017 11:31 am
lincolnimp gave this whisky 92 points
Color
Auburn
Nose

Orange liqueur with Turkish delight, reminds me a little of the Bowmore 30 sea Dragon (H2H later).

Wood polish, leather, freshly sawn  wood, there is some date, plum, prune and fig  the fruit part is all on stewed fruit , this is not like a 60`s fruity Bowmore.

There is also quite a lot of peat but its not like a fresh Caol Ila peat and zesty its really damp and well dare I say it earthy peat when its wet.

Taste

Nice and creamy and the stewed fruits are there along with the peat but its all a little subdued, all on the back of the palate but nothing is taking the lead, that said it is very well balanced.

If you hold it in your mouth there is barley sugar sweetness, fresh cream, fruit gums, Turkish delight and then some very nice icing sugar notes candied orange and raspberry blancmange.

It gets very  creamy  with time and the peat in my view is even  lighter on the palate than the nose suggested.

Finish

Quite long, remaining sweet with a lovely soft fruit finish

Comments

Very well balanced, with a lovely interplay of flavours but while it has the elegance I love in very old whiskies more power would have been very welcome.

hs305
Connoisseur hs305 Note
29 Apr 2017 7:32 pm
hs305 gave this whisky 95 points

[February, 2004]  I had this during the 5th Anniversary Tasting of MaRa at Limburg.

In my old rating system (ten scales that translate into WB points: 50 - 66 - 75 - 80 - 82,5 - 85 - 87,5 - 90 - 92,5 - 95) I scored it 95.  My notes state it is about 20 years old.  Unfortunately I took no tasting notes for this dram (most probably as my tasting buds "called it a day" after all these fine whiskies before).  Nevertheless I enjoyed this Bowmore very much.

The line-up of this tasting was absolutely stunning:

- https://www.whiskybase.com/whisky/20560/bowmore-25-year-old
- https://www.whiskybase.com/whisky/1222/tamnavulin-1966-forrester
- https://www.whiskybase.com/whisky/81686/highland-park-1956
- https://www.whiskybase.com/whisky/17254/macallan-1958
- https://www.whiskybase.com/whisky/37427/talisker-12-year-old
- https://www.whiskybase.com/whisky/14320/springbank-1966-private-bottling
- https://www.whiskybase.com/whisky/1290/ardbeg-1976-cask-2396
- https://www.whiskybase.com/whisky/28465/ben-nevis-1966
- https://www.whiskybase.com/whisky/7297/bowmore-1956
- https://www.whiskybase.com/whisky/764/ardbeg-ten-cask-strength

Yes, this was flabbergasting even by the high standards of the early 2000's...

There is no accounting for taste...
dram-drinker
Moderator dram-drinker Review note
12 Feb 2017 9:37 pm
dram-drinker gave this whisky 96 points
Weighted Rate
96
Nose
96
Initial taste
97
Body
97
Finish
95
Price
94
Presentation
96
dram-drinker
Moderator dram-drinker Tasting note
12 Feb 2017 9:23 pm
dram-drinker gave this whisky 96 points
Color
Russetmuscat
Nose

Grapefruits, green fruits, hints of vegetables, some notes of toffee and oak wood, sea breeze, salty, whiffs of peat and smoke - definitely an old style Bowmore

Taste

Very oily, creamy, mellow, little salty, some peat and smoke, hints of exotic fruits and citrus fruits coming up, grapefruits again, papaya, carambola, subtle sweetness, hints of espresso and old books - very complex

Finish

Medium long and warm, little zesty but still smooth and more fruity in the end

Comments

Subtle smoky, complex, elegant - this is old school - Great!

dram-drinker
Moderator dram-drinker Note
30 Jan 2017 8:02 pm
dram-drinker gave this whisky 96 points

Rating from Whiskyfun by Serge:

Bowmore 1956 (43%, OB for Soffiantino, 1980s) Star5.jpg No need to introduce this series I guess, it put together many of the best malts ever distilled and bottled by man in our opinion. Colour: gold. Nose: otherworldly. Look, let’s keep this short and sweet: it’s a class of its own, different from the Bowmores from the 1960s in the sense that the latter were fruitier and less peaty, whilst this displays the most exceptional combination of peat smoke and tropical fruits (mostly citrus this time). A S.T.U.N.N.I.N.G. combo. Mouth: this is why we’re into whisky. Grapefruits, spearmint, peat, lemon marmalade, angelica, woodruff, high-end walnut liqueur, 3,765 different spices, 4,623 different fruits, 7,598 different ‘phenolic’ aromas… Well, I’m sure you get the picture. Finish: does ‘the peacock’s tail’ several times in a row, like the greatest old wines, the most wonderful peatiness being a permanent feature. Comments: we had always thought that straight peat did not stand long ageing – including bottle ageing – but this is an example of a very old whisky (a 30+20, that is to say 30 years in wood plus 20 years in glass) that kept all of its peatiness. Drawback: this makes many recent whiskies taste a tad, say ridiculous and pretentious. SGP:666 (devilish indeed) - 96 points.
sagara-kun
Expert Senior sagara-kun Tasting note
18 Jul 2016 3:16 pm
sagara-kun gave this whisky 92 points
Color
Deep copper
Nose

Une bombe exotique. Des fruits de la passions, des abricots. Au fur et à mesure, le nez s'ouvre sur plus d'épices. Le nez est aussi un peu vineux, se rapprochant des très vieux (et bons) cognacs.

Je n'y perçois ni tourbe ni fumée.
Taste

En bouche, on a un goût de vieux et de réduit. On sent malheureusement vite que ce Bowmore manque un peu de punch.

La bouche reste du coup très douce, sur la canelle, les épices, et un poil de poussière. On a beaucoup moins d'exotisme qu'au nez, mais le côté vineux reste, avec aussi des arômes de prune et de raisin.
Finish

La finale est douce et fruitée. On y trouve à nouveau des fruits exotiques, ainsi que de la pomme. 

Comments

J'en attendais énormément, peut être trop.

Evidemment, c'est délicieux, mais ce Bowmore aurait vraiment mérité quelques degrés de plus pour être une tuerie.
Le nez est tout de même mémorable.
bakerman
Specialist bakerman Tasting note
16 Nov 2014 8:31 pm
bakerman gave this whisky 96 points
Color
Deep copper
Nose

Salty, fermenting hay, little smoke, fresh, lemon & orange peel, grapefruit, pink pepper chocolate, suntain oil (PizBuin, "Nussöl"?), geranium, very complex

Taste

salty, peaty, smoked tea, grapefruit, sweet, dark marmelade, pepper, cinnamon, walnut, intense

Finish

peppery, still sweet, vibrating and very long

Comments

Superb!!!
The only negative comment I can make is that I only had a sample and do not own a full bottle...

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