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Overall rating
93.56/100
votes
28
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Moon-Import (MI)
Bottling serie
The Birds - first collection
Vintage
1964
Bottled
1987
Casktype
Sherry Wood
Casknumber
1546
Number of bottles
240
Strength
46.0 % Vol.
Size
750 ml
Added on
30 May 2009 3:05 pm
Single Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 11315,00

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28 × member ratings

26 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Bowmore 1964 MI

5 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 93.56 points

  1. lincolnimp scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    H2H Islay 46% x 5

    https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/8670/ardbeg-1966-mi
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    1-Bruichladdich 1958 CA
    2-Bruichladdich 1959 CA
    3-Caol Ila 1967 RWD
    A big quality gap to 4th & 5th
    4-Bowmore 1964 MI
    5-Ardbeg 1966 MI

    Both the Laddie are excellent 94 & 93 points for the 58 & 59 respectively, the Caol Ila is very nice at 90 points, 4th is the Bowmore 1964 as the palate is nice but the nose is rubbish and far too distant, last is the Ardbeg 66 but the nose was ok and better than the Bowmore but I am rating on taste here.
    The Moon Import offerings were a big disappointment and comparing both the Bowmore and Ardbeg to both the Laddie it is a no contest, they are on another whisky planet. The Caol Ila, is a solid offering.

  2. lincolnimp scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    Another massive scoring MI that in my view is not as good as the high average suggests, by some margin.
    It is quite nice but quite nice for the crazy prices this is at auction is not good enough.
    The weak nose really drags the average score down but the palate is fine but does not rescue this.
    There is also nothing wrong with the sample I am drinking either.
    • Nose
      70 70
      What nose, where is it, I am struggling to get anything, even after a lid has been on.
      Wet stones/pebbles, hint of salt, hint of peat that's it, perhaps a faint hint of lemon rind.

      Rubbish, not impressed by a long shot 70 points for the nose and I am being very generous
    • Taste
      89 89
      Thank god the palate is good, phew, creamy peat but also it is fizzy, vibrant if you like.
      A nice sweetness for sure but no complexity that I can detect and like the nose, take the peat and sherry out the equation there are not many other flavours to speak of. I am scratching my head as to what others are tasting but I am tasting from the same source at others here I believe.
      It may be simple but it is certainly nice stuff, and some stewed fruit does emerge and a little date but there is also a slight oak note which detracts still worth a decent score mind.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Reasonable length, getting slightly metallic at the end

  3. GLEN MAUR did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Tasting note by Serge Valentin

    Bowmore 1964/1987 (46%, Moon Import, The Birds 1, Sherry hogshead, cask #1546, 240 bottles) Five stars This is 100% legendary. Bowmore 1964 (think the blacks, the fino/olroso/bourbon, the Bicentenaries…) and Moon’s first ‘Bird’ series… With a pedigree like that, what could happen? Colour: gold. Nose: it’s smooth and mellow at first nosing (don’t we sound like an old Chivas Regal advert?), not whispering but a little reserved, elegant, far from the extravagant blacks or even bicentenaries. Many very ripe tropical fruits but again, not of the ‘wham-bam’ kind. Mangos and beeswax, passion fruits and almond oil, oranges and oyster juice, guavas and sour cream… All that mingles together and gives us something unexpectedly delicate, with a restrained smokiness. An old Bowmore that’s rather ‘white tie’, if you see what I mean… Curious about the palate I must say…. Mouth: sweet Jesus! It’s the same that happens on the palate, albeit with more oomph. Much more oomph… A tropical fruit salad with the noblest spices and a little seawater sprinkled all over it. Excuse me, but that’ll do. Finish: long yet ethereal, tropical lace with a spicy/smoky ostinato… Comments: a Botticelli (c’mon, S., you can do better). Only the relative lightness on the nose will prevent me from going to 95+. SGP:745 - 94 points. (and heartfelt thanks Mr. Luc)

  4. bokhanov scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    Very open and cute. Despite the 46 degrees, in my opinion the fragrance is excessively delicate. Fresh, pleasant taste, though without a marine theme. Flowers.

  5. tebond968 scored this whisky 95 points Expert Senior

    Bowmore 1964/1987 'The Birds', 46%, Moon Import, sherry hogshead # 1546, 240 bottles is a legendary (euh yes, really) Bowmore from Moon's equally legendary first 'Birds' series. This series also includes Ardbeg 1966 and Springbank 1965, which apparently are also reasonably drinkable. The tone at this Bowmore is sweet and sour. Sweet and sour fruit, herbs, light peat and a great farmy touch (again that smooth sweet and sour). Balsamic, indeed. The triumphal procession continues on the taste. Here too, a lot of fruit, which here - more than on the nose - is clearly known as tropical. Melon, passion fruit, you name it. Thick, creamy, almost syrupy. Man, man, this is leker. Feast on supreme ecstasy. 95/100 http://onversneden.com/2010/12/22/de-hoogmis/

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