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Bowmore Bicentenary

Overall rating
93.94/100
votes
86
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Bicentenary 1779 - 1979
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

€ 8113,98

21 × in wishlist

86 × member ratings

56 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Bowmore Bicentenary

20 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 93.94 points

  1. 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!)...

  2. JacobaEd scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

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

  3. rpvdwel scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

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

  4. 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.

  5. Callmesanta scored this whisky 97 points Member Senior

    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

  6. WillemvdK scored this whisky 93 points Expert Junior

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

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

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

  8. GIORGOS scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

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

  9. 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]

  10. Sylvia scored this whisky 95 points Expert Junior

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

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