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Bowmore 1956

Overall rating 68 votes 94.71
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

My 4 x 25 ratings

Nose
1
Taste
1
Finish
1
Balance
1

Average 4 x 25 rates

All versions

Nose 25
Taste 25
Finish 24
Balance 25

Tastingtags

9 Notes

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...

mordread
Expert Senior mordread Note
31 Oct 2014 7:27 am
mordread gave this whisky 93 points

Finish is definitely the best part of this. Extraordinary whisky, but not a "must have" for me. Especially considering its price ;-)

checkpointuk
Expert Senior checkpointuk Note
05 Feb 2014 9:57 am
checkpointuk gave this whisky 96 points

http://www.weinkenner.de/2014/bowmore-raritaeten-aus-einer-zeit-als-fernsehen-schwarz-weiss-war-31725/ 

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 (Nase: 94 / Geschmack: 96 / Finish: 97)

Johan Van Samang
Expert Senior Johan Van Samang Note
17 Aug 2013 12:13 am
Johan Van Samang gave this whisky 96 points

Price at Whisky Antique has gone up, now you pay 2.025 euro.

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