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Bowmore 1996 AD

Overall rating
88.84/100
votes
33
Whiskybase ID
WB73308
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Adelphi (AD)
Bottling serie
Selection
Vintage
1996
Bottled
2015
Stated Age
19 years old
Casktype
Refill Ex-Sherry Hogshead
Casknumber
960033
Number of bottles
304
Strength
59.1 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Added on
18 Oct 2015 9:34 am by ted.striker
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 295.64

17 × in wishlist

33 × member ratings

58 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Bowmore 1996 AD

16 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.84 points

  1. keizerjos scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Tuesday, March 30, 2021
    Bowmore 19YO AD Rattray 59.1%
    After I blogged about Bowmore's muscle weakness - the dram with ALS, that would be a catchphrase! - who had noticed me several times, buddy Wall-E gave me a sample from an independent. Those independents, I was assured from all sides after my previous blog, were much better than the Official Bottlings, in short OBs, which are characterized by general and characterlessness.
    Since my stock of Master Blenders has been replenished - slowly the new ones are dripping in, you know where to find me via PB - I was able to honor this dram by putting it in a decent glass for a start.
    Not to tickle my own inner tout, but that glass really adds something, especially with the higher ABVs - and with patience. You can wallow without spilling and sniffing until you drop - and pick up something new every time. Just ask MC Miker G. from S.
    Wall-E is a good guy, he has surprised me with high quality samples before, so the bar is high. I've seen his house; if it is disappointing, I will undercut the Maas dyke in front of his door, so he always has enough water with his whisky.
    I will try to write real big boys tasting notes without treating you to yet another humorless and boring list of aromas. I hate those lists, but sometimes a whisky deserves a solid description. This is one of them.
    Scent-wise, it must be said, this is a proud boy. That is safe at almost 60 percent. As if you were stomping in sultana concentrate with your bare legs. Sherry yes, you can safely say that. Black plums, apricots, heavy, sweet, blissful, blisteringly sunny. In the distance a damp cellar full of wet wooden barrels - not moldy or rotten, just heavy with the moisture of wood. Okay, I'm starting to rave. And then vanilla. Deep, ripe, full. As if you were ramming a fresh vanilla pod up your nose at corona test pod depth. Chocolate follows. Of course, chocolate. Dark cocoa slowly melting on your hand from the heat. I'm going crazy.
    The stuff seems to be made to actually drink, I realize after sniffing for fifteen minutes like a rutting horse. Come on, then, on the attack.
    The 59 percent don't hurt. Tropical herbs such as cardamom and star anise beautifully complement the chocolate flavor, which can also be found in the mouth. There is really no question of smoke, unless the wood fire in the distance has to earn that qualification. The whisky tastes brown. I don't know why, but I don't know why: brown. Not to ditch water, not to gravy, not to dredged sludge. Just brown. A color of sweaters and bears, 1970s carpeting, kidney beans with bacon, suede pants for pretty girls. Comforting, hopeful, heartwarming, superior, comfortable. But also challenging, with depth, with a finish all the way to Vladivostok.
    It costs more than 200 euros - if you can still get it. On the other hand, a bath full of raisins, a few kilos of fresh and dried apricots and plums, fresh vanilla pods and a generous portion of good chocolate also costs a lot of money. And that makes a person fat and nauseous much faster than a glass of this one. Bye, I'm going to taste the rest. Tasters.

  2. keizerjos scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

  3. Auriverdes scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      89 89

  4. butt scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      89 89

  5. Hagerboe scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      89 89

  6. Hvdree scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  7. MARJ scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    nose
    immediate nuances of slowly dying fire; Over time, the smoky notes become stronger and floral as well as salty-sweet aromas are added

    palate
    the palate reflects the nose; aromas of ash and smoke appear immediately, but they quickly soften and give way to a fruity sweetness; at the same time, maritime notes emerge

    final
    the finale is long and warm and characterized by persistent smoke

  8. JNuyts scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      90 90

  9. stefsel111 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      89 89

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