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Bowmore 1956

Overall rating
94.61/100
votes
97
Whiskybase ID
WB7297
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 10:47 am

Average value

€ 7787.11

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97 × member ratings

54 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Bowmore 1956

18 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 94.61 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 95 points Connoisseur

    [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 taste 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/2056/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...

  2. lincolnimp scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    re taste 3 year later for H2H of sherried whisky.

    There is absolutely no doubt that my palate has changed in the last few years, and probably the reason I prefer sweeter whiskies and old blends, even the slightest hint of woody bitterness detracts for me.
    Lovely nose
    Just checked my score from 3 years ago 94/90/91, so actually, only the finish has changed for the worse.
    • Nose
      94 94
      As before there is a lovely orange note, like the finest orange marmalade, Lucozade, Turkish Delight, hints of sweet peat, sweet popcorn, sawn dark wood (or sanded) when it gets hot and slightly burnt. and a little sweet chilli sauce.
      Better than I remember
    • Taste
      90 90
      Thick and fruity, with plenty of peat but also some bitterness that I did not detect last time?
      Stewed fruit, apricot, pear, mango, faint bourbon hints but this is from sherry casks, right?
    • Finish
      88 88
      resonable length with a little ginger spice coming in

  3. Siwoo scored this whisky 95 points Expert Junior

    Vibrant tropical fruits, orange jam, Black Forest cake with little metal, full of passion. Taste the same way with the nose, some fresh blueberries followed fairily. Finished with dried mango, candy cake and dark chocolate.
    • Nose
      95 95
    • Taste
      96 96
    • Finish
      95 95

  4. lincolnimp scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Best sherried Scotch whisky 1936 vintage onwards, 75 whiskies tasted.

    This whisky was 61st,out of 75

    Whisky Heaven 96 points average.

    1) Glen Cawdor 1964/1983 43%Duthies for Samaroli 95/96/96 - 96

    Gold Medal Drams 95 Points average

    2) Caperdonich 1966 32 year cask 134 53.1% Signatory 95/95/95 - 95
    3) Glen Avon 1974 sherry cask 59.9% G&M 94/95/95 - 95
    4) Inchgower 1975 25 year 49.7% cask 9176 Kingsbury 94/95/95 - 95
    5) Strathisla 1967/1986 57% Duthies for Samaroli 94/95/95- 95
    6) Glengoyne 1972 40 year 55.5% Mos 1244 Diamonds 96/95/94 - 95
    7) Inchgower 1965 39 year cask 5423 48.1% Jack Wiebers 95/94/95 – 95
    *8) Macallan 1952 15 year 80 proof Rinaldi Import* 85/96/94 – 92
    But 95 for palate & finish average.
    Note
    The Macallan 1952 probably would have come 2nd if the nose had scored similar to the palate and finish, it would be unfair to push it any further down the pecking order and it was, along with the Glen Cawdor 1964 the only whisky I gave a 96p for the palate. It is where it is because the nose let it down and had a burnt off note I did not like but the taste was lovely.

    Silver Medal Drams 94 Points average

    9) Tobermory 1972 23 year 50% MI De Viris Illlustribus 94/95/94 - 94
    10) Glenfarclas 105 40 year 60%OB 94/95/94 – 94
    11) Glen Mhor 30 year Bar Metro 60.1% 94/95/94 – 94
    12) Dallas Dhu 1982 24 year cask 3739 OB 93/95/94 - 94
    13) Springbank 35 year 46% Millenium OB 93/95/94 - 94
    14) Macallan 1939 70 proof GM OB 93/95/94 - 94
    15) Glenglassaugh 1972 38 year cask 2891 59.1% ob 94/94/95 - 94 19247
    16) Tobermory 1972 OB purple label 32 year 49.5% 94/95/93 – 94
    17) Longmorn 1968 SMWS 7.27 53.8% 93/94/95 - 94
    18) Aberfeldy 19yr manager’s dram 1991 61.3% 94/94/94 - 94
    19) Balblair 1966 38 year 44% ob 94/94/94 - 94
    20) Speyburn 1975 cask 3413 55.4%OB 94/94/94 - 94 41085
    21) Glen Avon 15 year 57% Avonside whisky 93/94/94 – 94
    22) Glen Grant 1964 50 year cask 4462 gm 93/94/94 - 94
    23) Glenlossie 1972 17 year 57.7% Sestante 93/94/94 – 94
    24) Tamnavulin 35 year Forrester cask 3087 52.6% OB 93/94/94 - 94
    25) Blair Athol 21 year moon import the cars 93/94/94 - 94
    26) Talisker 1981 20 year 62% 93/94/94 - 94
    27 )Longmorn 1974 33 year laird bottling 43.7% 93/94/94 -94
    28) Mortlach 14 year 57% sestante 95/93/94 - 94

    Bronze Medal Drams 93 Points average

    29) Balmenach 14 year 1971 57.5% ob sestante 93/94/93 - 93
    30) Glenugie 1967 59.5% sherry wood Sestante 92/94/93 - 93
    31) Talisker 1957 57% GM black label 92/93/94 - 93
    32) Glenfarclas 21 year unblended 51.5% Edward Giaccone 93/94/92 – 93
    33) Jura 1966 30 year 51.6% cask 1868 Signatory 92/93/94 - 93
    34) springbank 1966 58.1% cask 443 LB 95/93/92 - 93
    35) Highland Park 1973 34 year OB cask 6384 46.5% 92/93/93 - 93
    36) Tamdhu 1962 44 year 43% GM 92/93/93 - 93
    37) Millburn 1967 34 year omc 50% 93/92/94 - 93
    38) Laphroaig 1998 20 year cask 700296 54.6 WM 94/92/93 93
    39) Glenrothes 1947 28 year 43% ferrarato OB 94/93/91- 93
    40) Strathisla 1963 48 year 51.8% cask 576 GM 94/92/92 – 93

    92 points average

    41) Talisker 1955 50 year Secret Stills GM 91/93/92 - 92
    42) Bunna 1968 34 year 43.5% OB 93/93/91 – 92
    43) Glengoyne 1969/98 cask 3525 51.6% OB 93/93/91 - 92
    44) Glenlochy 1965 32 year cask 1528 47.9% 92/92/93 - 92
    45) Tomintoul 1966 44 year cask 5261 49.1% JW 93/92/92 - 92
    46) Caperdonich 1972 39 year cask 52.8% TWA 91/92/93 - 92
    47) Pride of Strathspey 1939 43 year gm (Macallan) 95/92/90 - 92
    48) Macallan 1958/59 25 year Anniversary OB 94/92/91 - 92
    49) Glenlossie 1938 43 years 40% GM 93/92/91 - 92
    50) Glenrothes 1966 36 year 51.8% cask 1438 OB 94/91/91 – 92
    51) Avonside 1938 39 year 43% (Glenlivet) GM 94/92/90 - 92

    91 points average

    52) Miltonduff 1966 22 year Pluscarden Valley 58.4% 88/93/93 - 91
    53) Avonside 1938 33 year 43% (Glenlivet) GM 89/93/92 - 91
    54) Glendronach 1972 cask 706 43 year 51.1% 90/92/92 – 91
    55) Glenfarclas 1964 40 year NC 1578 Recheirich 91/92/91 - 91
    56) Strathisla Decanter, Milton Distillery, William Longmire 90/92/91 - 91
    (Very rare whisky, early 1950`s peated Strathisla)
    57) Longmorn 1972 37 year 51.3% TWA 92/91/91 -91
    58) Highland Park 1960 dumpy 17 year 43% OB Ferraretto 92/91/90 - 91
    59) Glenrothes 1972 29 year Restricted Release 43% OB 90/91/91 - 91
    60) Aberlour 1964 25 year 43% OB 93/90/91 – 91
    *61) Bowmore 1956 43% OB, pure islay malt seagull label 94/90/88 – 91
    62) Macphail’s 1938 Dram Taker’s 40% GM 92/92/89 – 91
    63) Bowmore 1970 34 year cask 4689 56.6% 92/91/89 – 91

    90 points average

    64) Old Speyside 1966 40 year 45.6% Taste Still 87/92/91 - 90
    65) Strathisla 1937 37 year 40% 70 proof GM 90/91/89 – 90
    66) Highland Park dumpy 19 year 43% OB Ferraretto Imp 91/90/89 – 90
    67) Benriach 1984 28 year 50.2% cask 1050 OB 89/89/91 - 90

    89 points average & under

    68) Auchentoshan 1970 21 year 43% ob, sherry 93/87/88 - 89
    69) Longmorn 1972 39 year 45% LMDW 93/88/87 - 89
    70) Macallan 1962 25 year anniversary OB 43% 89/88/88 - 88
    71) Glen Grant 1936 decanter 50 year gm 85/89/88 - 87
    72) Ben Nevis 1967 41 year, cask 1281 49.4% 87/85/91 – 87
    73) Glen Grant 1953 58 year 47.9% GM 85/83/82 – 83
    74) Glenlossie 1975 44 year cask 2907 GM 86/65/70 – 73

    Tried right at the end Bonus Dram Daftmill cask 029/2009 sherry 61.1%
    91-92 points average

  5. prz22 scored this whisky 95 points Expert Senior

    Old style Bowmore: less dominated by fruits yet more peaty and beautifully subtle. Like some other old Bowmores: could be just slightly more abv powered.
    • Nose
      Refined peaty and phenolic poem, variety of herbs, spices, teas, subtle salty vegetables, and very old treasurous smoke and peat..
    • Taste
      extremely coherent and consistent with nose.
      Lacks some abv but exceptional balance on each layer is just mindblowing!
    • Finish
      Whatever You focus on, it's harmonious, elegant, classy, old style, really sophisticated. Subtle fruits with such a perfect peaty sweetness, and smoky salt-candied - long - aftertaste. Beautuful!!

  6. Deloti scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    this version tried together with bowmore gold 1964 and 1957 38yo. This bottling stands out for its nose. top down: gold 1964, fino 1964, white 1964, bowmore 1956, 1957 38yo, bourbon 1964
    tried in 2016
    • Nose
      95 95
      Honey, toffee. Very fresh on exotic and tropical fruits, also lots of citrus and a hint of dark fruits. Subtle peat. That is very fruity.
    • Taste
      90 90
      Oily and smooth again on the same fruit notes as on the nose, maybe a bit less powerful yet perfectly balanced. More to the dark fruits and citrus side here.
    • Finish
      92 92
      Very long, fruity notes last forever

  7. checkpointuk scored this whisky 96 points Connoisseur

    http://kaypingers-whiskyblog.de/frontend/fullarticle.php?id=97 Color: full gold Nose: Juicy fruits, red and black berries wrapped in soft smoke. Oranges and melons with maritime salt, red peppercorns and a spicy smell of stables, as well as notes of freshly dug earth and wet leather. Very complex and absolutely balanced. Taste: Spicy creamy sherry with soft peat flavors . Again slightly "farmy" smoky and getting salty. Sweet marmelade-like fruit notes of blackberries, elderberries, some lemon and fresh mint are complemented by delicious forest honey. With plenty of salt and pepper, it goes to the finish Finish: Very long - tobacco, leather, some vanilla and dried orange slices. Always spicy and bitter with ingenious nut flavors, dry peat and phenolic smoke. A light fruitiness of black fruits and berries accompanies the palate to the end. Note: This finish will hardly be surpassed by other 43% malts - fantastic! 96 points N: 94P / G: 96P / A: 97P

  8. lincolnimp scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    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.

  9. lincolnimp scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    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.
    • Nose
      94 94
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      91 91

  10. lincolnimp scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    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.
    • 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

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