Bowmore 1964 Black

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
First Edition
Stated Age
29 years old
Sherry Cask
Number of bottles
50.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
19 May 2009 6:38 pm
ColoredCask Strength

Average value

€ 32980.00

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Whisky Reviews for Bowmore 1964 Black

22 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 94.79 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    [April, 2017]  It is a very special day today - it is monday!!!  Last night I had a fabulous charity tasting at Limburg with the second oldest whiskies I ever tried:  Two ceramic decanters released by Andrew Usher & Co Distillers Edinburgh on the occasion of the "Coronation of King George Vth & Queen Mary June 22nd, 1911" - so the whisky was distilled before 1908 (more than hundert years ago).  For Angus' tasting notes see http://www.whiskyfun.com/archiveapril17-2-Benromach-Bowmore-Glenmorangie-Laphroaig.html#240417.

    In that tasting setting there was a 1957 Bowmore (WB id 7701) that I adore so I think it is a good opportunity to check it against this legendary Black Bowmore (BB).  Unfortunately my last sample...

    ...and after counting all scores the two drams are at eye-level to each other and it is up to the individual taste which one to prefer in a certain situation - the rather subtle, delicate and full-of-harmony 1957 or the rich, powerful and complex Black Bowmore.  A very convenient result as I can declare a draw ;-) - I swear it is not manipulated...
    • Nose
      The colour of the BB is of brown sherry while the 57 is about four shades paler at tawny. The 57 shows a few slow legs and fat tears while the BB has many fast legs and very few late tears. The nose of the BB offers a very rich and bold sherry driven profile (raisins, coffee beans, chocolate...) with only a few tropical fruity aromas (mangos, passion fruits). The 57 is rather subtle and delicate on sherry and a lot more of fruits (blackcurrants, passion fruits, mango, mirabelle, oranges). Some hints of smoke here that are harder to detect in the BB. I find the 57 more balanced and of greater complexity while the BB is heavier and more rich. So everyone choose what he/she prefers - I like the more delicate and complex 1957 a little better.
    • Taste
      The taste of the BB shows a very rich and complex profile of dried tropical fruits and chocolate, very delicious. Some toffee flavours too and even hints of peaty aromas. Yes it comes in different layers that are peeled one after the other by the taste buds. Same with the 57: A highly layered taste too, maybe even some layers more. Especially at the end there is a (almost funny) little fruity explosion again, as if it will set a last highlight for the finish. Nevertheless the 57 is not as rich as the BB but very balanced on sweet, fruity and slightly peaty flavours. I call this harmony and vote for a draw...
    • Finish
      The 57 comes very smooth and rather gentle (if not shy) to the mouth with a slight peppery and woody note in the end. Nevertheless it is mouth-coating and even chewy. The BB arrives bold and rich - it instantly coats all of the mouth. The 57's finish is of medium length and adds some spicy flavours (among them surprisingly a little saltiness) as well as milk chocolate to its already impressive profile. But it is a little weakish in terms of overall strength. Contrary to this the BB's finish is longer and richer but with some bitter notes (tannins) in the end (not unpleasantly). It comes in several nice waves too and I like it better than the flatter 57's.

      As I thought it might be a sacrilege to the beauty of these drams I did not add any water to both.

  2. Povl77 scored this whisky 95 points Expert Senior

    Awesome experience

  3. wbarchive_526210 did not rate this whisky Member Senior

    A decent whisky but not worth the hoopla. I did have a dram on Islay and, I'm saying this as a fan of Bowmore, I'd rather have my next one to be a 25 year old release. Totally overpaid for what it is and the marketing for the whole series has done a splendid job.
    • Nose
      85 85
      Full, sherry notes are somewhat lost and chocolate comes to the forefront. The fruit you smell is kind of overripe and not safe for consumption. Doesn't have anything to show that it is a Bowmore.
    • Taste
      80 80
      Unremarkable, slightly chemical and reminded me of pasta with octopus ink. Kind of oily and missing all the good stuff. I'd go as far as saying, the whisky has no depth and is one-dimensional.
    • Finish
      85 85
      Short to medium and again, not very remarkable.

  4. ctu scored this whisky 95 points Connoisseur

    Huge Bowmore. In addition to the magnificent sherry and oak, wonderful fruitiness, piquant spiceness and creamy peat can be seen in a very complex composition.
    • Nose
      95 95
      Big sherry. Black cherry, plum jam, blueberry, black currant, candied orange peel and raisin. Cinnamon, ginger, clove and white pepper. Carpentary workshop. Fresh eucalyptus.
    • Taste
      95 95
      Powerful. Big spices and oak. Citruses and tannins. Vibrant acids. Pepper, nutmeg, chili and sherry. Dutch cocoa. Tropical fruits and creamy peat. Mango chutney. Amazing.
    • Finish
      94 94
      Long, spicy, smoky, creamy, bittersweet.

  5. lincolnimp scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Out of 9 high scoring bottles on the base the Bowmore came in 4th.

    The highest rated whisky on WB was 3rd.   

    Result    1 - Glenfiddich  1956 Intertrade   

    2nd -  Glenlochy 1965 SV     

    3rd - Springbank 1969 SV     

    4th -  Black Bowmore 1st edition    

    5th - Blair Athol MI     

    6TH - Springbank 35 year Millenium    

    7th - Brora 2004     

    8th - Glenglassaugh     

    9th - Glendronach   

    Full details on `The head to head whisky thread for tastings (H2H)`. dated 20th August 2017  https://www.whiskybase.com/contribute/group/73/topic/16768/the-head-to-head-whisky-thread-for-tastings-h2h

  6. Bamkero scored this whisky 95 points Expert Junior

    I remember, I tasted it for Free!  at TONY'S BAR, in SHIMBASHI, over 20 years ago.

  7. Sendilkelm scored this whisky 96 points Expert Senior


  8. Fudschafudscha did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    the picture added by whiskyonlineauctions here shows a fake bottle (wax capsule)

  9. Dram Dracula scored this whisky 95 points Connoisseur

    Purchased a dram at Old and Rare 2020 in London, from a mostly finished bottle. 100 GBP for 1cl.
    • Nose
      97 97
      Extremely juicy -- thick, sweet, sticky tropical fruits, with a side of zestiness. Super bright and super expressive. So fruity, you can't even smell the sherry anymore. So typical of early Bowmores, that is, this is freakin' damn nice, but the heavy sherry takes this up a notch compared to your typical 60's Bowmores.
    • Taste
      95 95
      Cacophony of flavors -- cola, ginger, toffee, rock sugar, cherry cough syrup, coffee, a bit of tea, tons of dried fruits. It's absolutely delicious, but at 50%, still a bit underpowered, in my very humble opinion. Feels more like 43%. Still, who the heck am I kidding. This is great stuff, just not as awe-inspiring as I had hoped.
    • Finish
      93 93
      The flavors stay in the glass longer than your tongue. A bit oxidized, shall we say? So I'll just have to keep on smelling the glass, if you don't mind.

  10. BiBo_38 scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

    Old school sherry whisky. Thick cigar tobacco, dark chocolate and ripe plums. Smoke and alcohol in the background.

    Restrained at first, then creamy and oily. It takes his time to release more flavors. Plum cake and raisins with chocolate are added. The alcohol is very nicely integrated and the medium-strong bomber smoke is hanging over everything.
    Light salt notes towards the end.

    medium length and slightly warming.

    A great experience, no question.
    But there are other bottlings that have inspired me a lot more.


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