Bowmore 1964 Bicentenary

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Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
43.0 % Vol.
750 ml
Added on
11 apr 2009 11:03 am

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€ 7487.65

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Whisky reviews for Bowmore 1964 Bicentenary

23 users have left 25 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 93.65 points.

  1. sagara-kun scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    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.

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  3. Lorion scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    Such a superior nose deserves an equally exhilarating palate with a long-lasting finish. Unfortunately neither happened. 84 points.
    • Nose
      Canned fruit (apricots, pineapples) and seaweed. old carpet. An idea of a charcoal smoke.
    • Taste
      First a bit sour and almost flat. Then the whisky builds up. Cool smoke, almost stale. Lemon peels are there, even if they're a little charred.
    • Finish
      Long, slightly bitter.

  4. bjoernigol scored this whisky 98 points Expert Senior

    incredible for 15 years, similar to the Black Bowmore

  5. pwagner scored this whisky 98 points Expert Senior


  6. AnnEm scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      98 98
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

  7. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

    Tropical fruits, tea, herbs, this one never disappoints, shame about the abv though

  8. watson0209 scored this whisky 95 points Connoisseur

    The best Bowmore I've had in my glass so far. Fruit notes of tropical fruits (passion fruit, mango, etc.) paired with fine smoke. Just perfect

  9. Silenos scored this whisky 95 points Expert Senior

    Perfect :)

  10. Iron Lung scored this whisky 95 points Expert Senior

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

    A clear 95 points

  11. topos did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    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.

  12. 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.

  13. kimmosuo scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  14. 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

  15. 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.

  16. 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[+]

  17. 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

  18. 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.

  19. ntk55 scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    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.

  20. checkpointuk scored this whisky 95 points Connoisseur 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)

  21. 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

  22. checkpointuk scored this whisky 95 points Connoisseur

    Tasting notes here: 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

  23. 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?)

  24. QuarterCentury did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Another of the famed Bowmore bicentenary bottlings from 1979, this one

    distilled in 1964. This is one of the best of the bunch with a 95 from

    Serge at Whisky Fun and a reputation as one of the best Bowmore`s ever


  25. bpoujol did not rate this whisky Member Junior

    Tasted not fantastic.
    Perhaps bottle was not well conserved.
    Be aware of quality of conservation.

  26. aby scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    There is also a bottle which contains a vatting of the "oldest stock in the Distillery". The vatting contains whisky from ten different years between 1950 and 1966 - all very rare.

    Most of it has been maturing in fine old sherry casks though some has also been drawn from American casks.  

    Quote from certificate which comes from Bowmore Bicentenary 


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