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Bowmore 1964 Bicentenary

Overall rating
94.04/100
votes
122
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Vintage
1964
Bottled
1979
Strength
43.0 % Vol.
Size
750 ml
Added on
11 Apr 2009 11:15 am
Uncolored

Average value

€ 14262,12

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Whisky Reviews for Bowmore 1964 Bicentenary

13 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 94.04 points

  1. ASWhisky scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    the nose is very nice 93
    the mouth is light and tasty 89
    the finish is good 87
    total 89
    • Nose
      Apple, which is the perfect apple, crunchy and sweet with a wonderfully fresh, slightly acidic note
      behind it
      soft licorice
      ripe plum
      soft salt
      flower water
      champagne truffles
    • Taste
      smooth oily onset
      cool and exciting
      Chocolate that gets fiery and smokes
      floral in the throat and slightly soapy but very pleasant
    • Finish
      sweet tobacco with chocolate
      Violet oil, but still in drinkable intensity
      In the end, the beautiful apple comes again

  2. lincolnimp scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Parts of the profile are really nice but there is not enough of it to get into the 90`s, the nose while good is a little light and the finish is far too short.

    Final analysis this is underpowered, some whisky are fine at low abv, this is not one of them. I think if more people opened these sort of bottles perhaps the price would come down, quality/price ratio is very poor so why they fetch so much money is beyond me. There are much better OB and IB Bowmore for this sort of money IMHO.

    For the record this was from a sample from a bottle just opened.
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      85 85

  3. lincolnimp scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Nice yes but great no, its is too weak and the finish too short but parts of the profile are really good, you would be much better off with a 30 year Sea Dragon for the money and that is not cheap either.
    • Nose
      Its one of them lighter fruit salad type Bowmore, all on peach, mango, a little pineapple , melon etc.

      Smells like one of the fruit salad penny chews you used to get when I was a lad :)

      There is a little wood varnish freshly sawn wood (pine) and hints of peat smoke.
    • Taste
      Its nice certainly but underpowered by about 5% ish, there is some very light toffee, wafer/biscuit notes but far from the fruit that the nose hinted at.

      The fruit does arrive , of the stewed kind and there is some fig, plum and a little prune in there so no white fruits but there is some mango.

      Starts to get a little dry but its pleasant.
    • Finish
      Again nice flavours but not long enough, too short to be great.

  4. jazzpianofingers scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    https://whiskylovingpianist.wordpress.com/2017/11/06/twe-show-2017-day-1/

    N: After all those superb pre-show drams, there's nothing quite like this. Initially a bit winey but then they just opened the bottle. Imagine, the juice sat for 38 years in the bottle before finally being opened & drunk. Secondary notes of paraffin, curry spices, soft crystallised ginger and Armagnac funk. Later I sniffed tOMoH’s sample that had opened up incredibly to show all its plumage. Next days bottle was opened and the cork fell inside. The Bowmore stand decided it was unfair to sell it as is, resulting in AS getting a huge gratuity pour. Again, the bouquet was enormous. Namely a Karuizawa-esque floral bouquet of fruity-sugary-cask complexity, Cognac ‘Lot 65’ WF and more
    T: Somewhat like old bottles of young Armagnac, if you get me. it's beautifully intact though with some fragility, even if the nose hasn’t opened up yet. Soft and old, sweetly oiled sugar dust. 
    F: Becomes malty-soft with ash and struck match. I thought it had finished short but thankfully i was very wrong.
    C: So unbelievably drinkable, dreamy, incredibly polite & understated. Youth & age sit together, with some credit going to bottle ageing perhaps? Scores an A[+]

  5. der_collector scored this whisky 97 points Expert Junior

    I'm in heaven What prevents it from giving this whisky perfect 100 points is the somewhat short finish. But that's complaining at the very highest level
    • Nose
      black currant, camphor, a hint of peat, anise, a pinch of pepper, salt marsh
    • Taste
      blackcurrant, buttery, creamy, oily, dark campinobonbon, camphor, a touch of saltiness
    • Finish
      short-medium, but with a wonderful berry note

  6. Jeep51 scored this whisky 96 points Expert Senior

    Fabulous whisky
    • Nose
      But what is this !? Huge complexity but a special aromatic? Ultra resinous, many aromatic herbs, marine (iodine, seawater, seaweed), saline, grapefruit, old metal toolbox, linseed oil, hot engine, camphor, some spices ... and many other things . Pfiou, exceptional.
    • Taste
      Pretty amazing, we find many aromas of the nose with a lot of exotic fruits! It's pretty mind-blowing class and complexity. It goes in all directions.
    • Finish
      Very long. Pepper well present, and salt also.

  7. braun scored this whisky 94 points Member Junior

    The nose on this whisky is insane. Perfect fusion of salty coast and passionfruit. The taste is more of the same - delicious and perfectly fused salt/exotic fruits, but alas it is pretty weak. I would say 97 point nose and 92 taste.

  8. checkpointuk scored this whisky 95 points Expert Senior

    http://www.weinkenner.de/2014/sechs-schottische-single-malts-aus-dem-jahr-1964-inklusive-black-bowmore-33289/2/ Color: Pale amber
    Nose: Dull, fruity plum jam, paired with herbs, tobacco, some vanilla and a lot of maritime character. Resin, cough syrup, dried fruit and rounded off with smoky malt. An ingenious combination!
    Taste: More than you would have expected - creamy, round and harmonious down to the last detail. Dark forest berries, plums, elderberry juice (all sorts of dark fruits), ultra-spicy and salty combined. With notes of aromatic tea with honey, tobacco leaves, humidor and cough syrup it goes into the finish.
    Finish: Long - with dry herbs and cumin, elderberry, tobacco and nutmeg. Accompanied by a fruity-dark note, which is perfectly integrated.
    Remark: The taste starts awesome, but then builds up even more intense - just awesome! What a malt!
    95 points (nose: 94 / taste: 96 / finish: 95)

  9. checkpointuk scored this whisky 95 points Expert Senior

    Tasting notes here: http://www.weinkenner.de/2012/whisky-fair-2012-das-paradies-fuer-whiskyfreunde-in-limburg-23219/ Color: Pale amber
    Nose: Spicy garden herbs (basil, oregano, chervil, thyme), with a dry, salty sea breeze, maritime notes and dry peppery fruit.
    Taste: Creamy, smoky sherry with lots of black pepper and vanilla, nut aromas.
    Finish: medium finish, notes of sherry and medicinal sap.
    Rating: An absolute classic from probably the best Bowmore year

  10. Jean-Brice scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    The sample I had had to come from a poorly preserved bottle. Superb nose but mouth recessed. Pity.
    • Nose
      Complex nose
      It starts on a classic but fine sherry (rancio, nuts, red fruits, fermentation among others), then it evolves on a fruity side. Finally, aeration, it is the spices and aromatic herbs that stand out the most. There is also an animal side (musk?)
    • Taste
      Bold but not very expressive especially in comparison with this splendid nose. These are the spices that stand out the most (caraway, nutmeg, star anise).
    • Finish
      Fairly average final on a medicinal print (syrup for cough? Camphor?)

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