Bowmore 1964 Bicentenary

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
43.0 % Vol.
750 ml
Added on
11 Apr 2009 11:03 am

Average value

€ 9810.35

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Whisky Reviews for Bowmore 1964 Bicentenary

18 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 93.84 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. sagara-kun scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    This is the first time I have tasted this Bicentenary, and I did not know what to expect from it. I had a clear apprehension about the 43% and the randomness of the decanters.
    In the end only the final collapsed a little, and so much the better.
    It's hard to do better on the nose and in the mouth, but at the same time, nothing really stands out. The sweetness, may be due to the time spent in the bottle, mixes the aromas and the balance is almost too perfect.
    • Nose
      93 93
      The nose has a rather weak intensity.
      We are in the delicate, the sweet, and clearly in the complexity.
      A superb pear above all, which comes with its dose of harshness. Then the exotic fruits are revealed.
      Passion, lemon, sweet pineapple, dragon fruit.
      Oddly enough we also smell a bit of Umeshu.
      Light white flower, liquorice and black pepper complete the picture.
    • Taste
      93 93
      On the palate it is expressive while remaining soft and silky.
      We feel a certain fragility, but fortunately it holds.
      Fruit is in the foreground there too.
      Passion fruit, mango, pineapple, plum, orange, guava. A real fruit cocktail.
      We have a big salty side, and a little bit of ash that come and go as the tasting takes place.
      Light ginger.
      We also feel a little dust, old book. A little metallic too, which indicates a nice aging in a carafe.
    • Finish
      89 89
      The finish is smooth, on OBE, metallic, fruit and liquorice. A little oily peat. It's long, but a little watery.
      In the aftertaste, we have pineapple, bark and a little clove.

  3. Iron Lung scored this whisky 95 points Expert Senior

    An exceptional whisky.
    I got a sample for my birthday.

    A clear 95 points

  4. topos did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    bottle from whiskyauctioneer at old & rare 2020. 8/10, very good but either a slightly tired bottle or a slightly underpowered bottling strength that (barely) prevents a 9 on this occasion - probably the latter.
    • Nose
      soft, petrolic, marmalade, stewed fruits, grape candies. quite sweet overall
    • Taste
      thin mouthfeel, quite some OBE, sooty, a bit of phenolic freshness, a twiggy element, coal dust. short lived fruit on the mid-palate with stewed plums and an understated tropical side.

  5. BlueFire scored this whisky 91 points Member Senior

    Great nose. Tropical fruits passionfruit, guava, pineapple, green mango etc. with some mineral/flint and subtle smoke.
    Elegant dram, albeit I found the palate a bit thin and the finish a bit short.

  6. kimmosuo scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    The Whisky Show Old & Rare Glasgow 23 - 24 February 2019
    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  7. 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

  8. 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.

  9. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur


    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[+]

  10. wbarchive_618617 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


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