Bowmore Bicentenary

Overall rating
93.77/100
votes
116
Whiskybase ID
WB76458
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Bicentenary 1779 - 1979
Vintage
1964
Bottled
1979
Casktype
Sherry Casks and American Casks
Number of bottles
20400
Strength
43.0 % Vol.
Size
750 ml
Label
Morrison family crest
Added on
05 jan 2016 6:55 pm by Ardinho

Average value

€ 6635.80

42 × in wishlist

116 × member ratings

83 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Bowmore Bicentenary

32 users have left 34 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 93.77 points.

  1. MikerG2k scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Ok, heard so much about this one, when the opportunity presented it self to get a sample I went for it.

    to be honest looking at the rates of my friends I had very high expectations, but boy what was I disappointed. An average dram for a astronomical price.. biggest disappointment of 2018 so far...... now I feel like a sad panda :(

    Update: did have some left, tried it tonight. Better experience then yesterday. Updated score accordingly
    • Nose
      91 91
      first on the nose, nice forest fruits and there is definitely something dirty in there. unfortunately nose becomes weak quite fast in the glass, lacked some oompff
    • Taste
      91 91
      first taste very oily / watery feeling, sweet. fruit follows after with some spices, although the lower ABV, taste holds up its own.
    • Finish
      90 90
      finish not very fruity, oak prevails here after the taste. some earl grey tea flavors. Short to medium finish

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  3. Suevia scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      95 95
    • Taste
      94 94
    • Finish
      93 93

  4. wisekyofcourse scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

    nose:
    mixture between iodized seaweed smoke and fruits cooked in a copper basin, on peaches, plums, white grapes, velvety cream with cooked vanilla, flowers or rather an extract of distilled flowers throws the cloudy, a little sweet camphor, the one they applied to us being small; herbs, anise and the return of candied sherry if it can exist
    a nose that smells lasting
    stuffy:
    fruit on quince, peach, nectarine and carrot cake
    flowers, violet, ashes, it's soft, almost too simple compared to the nose
    cooking spices, nutmeg, anise again, fruits on those of macerated sherry, walnut oil too
    return of honey, tea powder, candied orange and camphor spices.
    the more it is the mixture of these scents which diffuse one after the other, or together depending on the intake of the juice
    final:
    on the same scents, ie it diffuses from right to left, more on the fruits, then the herbs, then the fine ashes, then the wet woody, then on the sherry with the juicy nuts just before drying.
    long finish.

  5. Mark-E scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      90 90

  6. arre2507 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    fantastic intensity with only 43%

  7. zstone scored this whisky 90 points Member Junior

    1cl sample. I get notes of soft peat smoke, orange, guava, and passion fruit on the aroma. The tropical fruits may not be loud, but because nothing about this whisky is loud, they come across clearly. The palate was mellow and pleasant, but more on the soft peat and some citrus. The tropical qualities were less present. The finish was rather short on on soft peat. I think a 1cl sample is much more easily nosed than tasted, but even so, I'm skeptical that a larger pour would allow the taste to equal the nose. The nose is stellar, everything else was just very good. 93, 87, 83.

  8. Artmount scored this whisky 92 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      97 97
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      88 88

  9. Artmount scored this whisky 92 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      97 97
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      88 88

  10. prz22 scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    Great, dry, balanced, oldschool whisky, flawless!
    • Nose
      94 94
    • Taste
      94 94
    • Finish
      95 95

  11. JNuyts scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  12. Port Ardbeg scored this whisky 95 points Expert Senior

    Old school whisky - a dream

  13. Charly5 scored this whisky 93 points Member Junior

    • Nose
      98 98
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      90 90

  14. MJ84 scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    Wow what an experience! Thanks to B&M, unforgettable, the nose is simply divine and the rest is not bad either, light fruit and menthol in the mouth, nice finish!
    • Nose
      97 97
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      93 93

  15. malthead87 scored this whisky 96 points Member Senior

    still one of the best whiskys ever tasted,like it better then the black bowies

  16. jay83 scored this whisky 96 points Expert Senior

    The most legendary combination of local fruit basket, exotic fruit cocktail, the finest color impressions, wonderful minerality and a coastal flavor, as it could not be structured more subtle. Unbelievable elegance and balance that is nowhere to be found today. A representative example of the size of the old distillates from the greatest period of whisky history ....

  17. rpvdwel scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      90 90

  18. Dre73 scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    The nose of this whisky is really outstanding, and puts lot's of expectations on the taste. Unfortunately, although very nicely balanced, taste/body and finish just miss that extra 'thing' that made the nose so beautiful.
    Still a great experience, but a little higher Abv could have made just that difference between a very beautiful whisky and a simply outstanding whisky.
    • Nose
      93 93
      Wow, what a balance! Only a very little alcohol, a slight breeze of diesel, but enough fruit as well. Orange or orange juice to be more specific, some velpon glue, burnt nuts, raisins and smoke. And then a lot of apple syrup, which remains in the nose and glass.
    • Taste
      90 90
      Unfortunately, the high expectations from the nose are not fully met. The flavours are quite the same as the nose promises, but it's just a little less astonishing. Perhaps the low Abv makes the difference here. Some light pepper, soft and creamy structure.
    • Finish
      89 89
      Even a little bit less power left now. Still beautifully balanced, but compared to the nose, the réal outstanding part isn't there anymore. Again apple syrup remains the most.

  19. Callmesanta scored this whisky 97 points Expert Junior

    My favourite whisky experience so far. Multilayered nose with a fruity sherried spicy layer followed by a lightly peated veil.

    The taste is like the nose, stellar and complex with a mixture of fruits mostly dried like sultanas and nutty notes. The peat is one more time gently hidden but undeniable. The finish is long and spicy, a little oak.

    97pts

  20. WillemvdK scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    Deep, rich, heavy malt. Very fruity, smoky and savory. Canned strawberry, blueberry jelly, licorice, walnuts, nutmeg, sugar sirup and mushrooms. Brilliant stuff.

  21. P.A.O.K.you_are scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

  22. GIORGOS scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      90 90

  23. WhiskyLovingPianist did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    https://whiskylovingpianist.wordpress.com/2018/12/31/odds-ends-nye-2018-part-2/

    Legendary [murky-dark] juice, with an impressive circulation of 20400 bottles according to Whiskybase. However, this bottle when opened at the first Old & Rare Show in 2017 [blog], was deemed a goner by the exhibitor - tragedy! I took away a free sample just to make sure, and as not to ruin my palate on the day.

    N: Initially OBE-dry orange juice over Shandy meets soot, pickled gherkins on salted crisps and briny plasticine. An hour or so later, we’ve gin-like botanicals, pickled miso/tamarind, honeyed=dry herbs, used tins and tinned fruit segments [oranges, tangerines>apricots].
    T: Oh yes, this is so gone. It’s dusty, bitter and weak, though all the original magic juice desperately tries to rally with a strange hollow-ish bitter travel.
    F: A bitter, dry waxy finish.
    C: A frustrating experience, as it’s not unpleasant, but unreachable.

    [Not scored]

  24. Sylvia scored this whisky 95 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      96 96
    • Taste
      95 95
    • Finish
      94 94

  25. Dominique69 scored this whisky 95 points Photo Moderator

    • Nose
      96 96
    • Taste
      94 94
    • Finish
      95 95

  26. JacobaEd scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      94 94
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  27. Hvdree scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      90 90

  28. Maurice_M2 scored this whisky 95 points Connoisseur

    This is..... crazy!
    • Nose
      96 96
    • Taste
      94 94
    • Finish
      94 94

  29. Ruud6421 scored this whisky 95 points Expert Senior

    Quite simply the best whisky I have ever tasted. 2 points clear of the rest.
    • Nose
      Unlike anything I have ever sniffed before. It’s a total fruitbomb, but totally different than the ones from today. There is red fruit, there are tropical fruits, but the most of all I get citrus fruit. A lot of oranges, but also lime. Furthermore there is mint, some honey and maybe some diesel oil.
    • Taste
      More diesel and more fruits. Great complexity and mouthfeel. Again a combination of tropical and red fruits, citrus and mint.
    • Finish
      More fruits and mint, but gets a bit medicinal. Very long and complex.

  30. stefsel111 scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      95 95
    • Taste
      94 94
    • Finish
      94 94

  31. thijs100 scored this whisky 96 points Connoisseur

    Having impossibly high expectations of a whisky, and then it doesn't just live up to those expectations, it surpasses them. The mark of a truly legendary whisky.
    • Nose
      An array of tropical and red fruit. Mango at the forefront, but with kumquats, nectarine, strawberry and raspberry following closely. The complexity is unlike anything I've ever tried before. Almost a sensory overload. Hint of tobacco, a whiff of menthol, a touch of glue. Some raisins, cherry syrup and honey too. Incredibly fresh and vibrant, even after spending almost four decades in a bottle. This isn't funny anymore.
    • Taste
      I'm not quite sure where to begin. Motor oil, diesel, salt, eucalyptus, tobacco, rotten leaves (not that I've ever actually put those in my mouth, mind you), tiny hints of peat. Some cracked black pepper and nutmeg. But also pink grapefruit, oranges, mango and strawberries. Oh, and prunes, dates and raisins. Just effing stop already. I can't handle this.
    • Finish
      Menthol, ever so subtle peat, lingering fruit. Neverending.

  32. hs305 scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    [November, 2009]  I had this during the 10th 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 the nose 95 and the taste 90 points = 92,5.  My notes state a comparable nose to WB id 8730 which is simply adorable on fruity and peaty aromas in perfect harmony.  The taste is somewhat weaker with less complexity and more wooden notes (but still excellent!).

    The line-up of this evening was stunning if not decadent (again):

    - https://www.whiskybase.com/whisky/90570/sennachie-30-year-old
    - https://www.whiskybase.com/whisky/9423/macallan-1936-gm
    - https://www.whiskybase.com/whisky/17011/highland-park-19-year-old
    - https://www.whiskybase.com/whisky/425/brora-1st-release
    - https://www.whiskybase.com/whisky/14053/bruichladdich-1966
    - https://www.whiskybase.com/whisky/20062/glenrothes-1966-wm
    - https://www.whiskybase.com/whisky/3453/rosebank-20-year-old
    - https://www.whiskybase.com/whisky/14595/springbank-1973-ca
    - https://www.whiskybase.com/whisky/76458/bowmore-bicentenary

    Guess what, I enjoyed this evening very much (thanks for that, Roland & Carsten!)...

  33. Man of Skye did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    Note from a member of The Scots Whisky Forum: Bowmore celebrated his bicentenary in 1979 and released a large number of bottlings (to be found in Hans Sommer, the Dutchman who sold his distillery collection).
    There was, among other things, the Bicentenary in the crooked bottle (a replica of the earlier hand-blown bottles for special bottlings). Keyword slate neck, red wax closure.
    Packaging in heavy wooden box, or black cardboard box, or nice wooden box (I believe for Japan), certificate of authenticity on handmade paper with signature of Morrison, wrapping paper, cork and letter of the still. Inside the pulley is a long cork labeled Bowmore Bicentenary, which is guaranteed not to come out at once, so crumbs are preprogrammed.
    Of these, there were 24,000 pieces. Of these, the normal one was filled with the Lion Halslabel with the years 1950 to 1966 (in the worst case, "only" 12 years old). Everyone is allowed to figure out for themselves how the distribution of the vintages looked. In any case, there can not have been a "solera procedure" in which everything was poured together and then allowed to lie again. I've tried the normal 10 times and everyone tasted different (thanks Mara). Not all were really good. So far we are talking about 20,400 bottles.
    In the 3600 remaining bottles we speak of a Bowmore distilled in 1964 and after at least 14 years 1979 in the bottle of the same design came, just with the neck label 1964, instead of the Lion. This Bowmore is for me one of the best I know. I remember blackcurrant, which is not as sweet as the '66s.

  34. dram-drinker scored this whisky 95 points Photo Moderator

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      95 95
    • Finish
      96 96

  35. dram-drinker scored this whisky 95 points Photo Moderator

    The smoothness is fantastic - though I thought it was a bit less grassy when I opened it.
    • Nose
      Vegetables, grassy notes, citrus fruits
    • Taste
      Very smooth, toasted bread, little toffee, citrus fruits, some tropical fruits, subtle sweetness, little oak wood
    • Finish
      Medium long, smooth, zesty, gets a little medicinal in the end

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