Bowmore 1956

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Islay Pure Malt
Sherry Casks
43.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
11 Apr 2009 10:47 am

Average value

€ 17860.40

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Whisky Reviews for Bowmore 1956

15 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 95.11 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. prz22 scored this whisky 95 points Expert Junior

    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!!

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. lincolnimp scored this whisky 92 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. 


    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.

  6. lincolnimp scored this whisky 92 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

  7. lincolnimp scored this whisky 92 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

  8. dram-drinker scored this whisky 96 points Moderator

    • Nose
      96 96
    • Taste
      97 97
    • Finish
      95 95

  9. dram-drinker scored this whisky 96 points Moderator

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

  10. dram-drinker scored this whisky 96 points Moderator

    Rating from Whiskyfun by Serge:

    Bowmore 1956 (43%, OB for Soffiantino, 1980s)  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.


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