Bowmore 1966 Sa

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Samaroli (Sa)
Bottling serie
Number of bottles
53.0 % Vol.
750 ml
Added on
05 jun 2009 1:20 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 74688.00

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66 × member ratings

53 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Bowmore 1966 Sa

12 users have left 13 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 95.90 points.

  1. dram-drinker scored this whisky 100 points Photo Moderator

    The freshness and mix of grapefruit and austere tropical fruits is unique - add a pinch of smoke and herbs, a huge complexity and a flabbergasting experience is guaranteed - of course not much to say else as this one is just brilliant and legendary! For sure one of the greatest whiskies ever! No other option than max points!
    • Nose
      Intense, austere, grapefruit, tropical fruits, mango, passion fruit, dragon fruit, lime zest, whiffs of peat and smoke, hints of tobacco, vanilla, citric, spices, little herbs, fragrant, little floral, seabreeze, iodine - fantastic!
    • Taste
      Fresh, lots of tropical fruits, grapefruit peel, subtle sweetness, citric, litte smoky, austere, herbs, tobacco, vanilla, hints of oak wood, spices, pepper, little ginger - delicious!
    • Finish
      Long, fruity, austere, spicy, zesty, grapefruit, woody - superb!

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  3. JCTang scored this whisky 100 points Member Senior

    this is pure insanity with bombs of tropical fruits and sublime mineral and salty notes, intertwined with peat and spice

  4. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 99 points Connoisseur

    After tasting the superb Laphroaig 1967, I have to review my rating to 99 as Bouquet is definitely the best whisky I have tried.

  5. Jazzhawk scored this whisky 99 points Expert Junior

    Maybe the hottest nose ever, tropical fruits and floral notes abound ...
    I had the privilege to personally taste this unique whisky at the Lindores Whisky Festival 2008 in the presence of Seniore Samaroli ...
    An unforgettable memory ...

  6. Samtje scored this whisky 96 points Expert Senior

    Tasted it twice = 2 x very compact, so full, massively fruity, invading, so pure, superbly balanced, world class drink! Leaves me calm and humble, enjoying to the max … Thank you Mr. S. Samaroli, Bowmore distillery and Mother Nature of course!!!

  7. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 99 points Connoisseur

    This is the most amazing nose ever, lots of tropical fruits, pears, hint of smoke, deserves a 100 mark on its own.The palate is powerful and fresh with more tropical fruits but also some grapefruits, bitter orange, candied fruits, amazing and the finish is endless, a perfect dram.

  8. maurisso did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Sold at Aste Bolaffi Torino for 50.000€ on 21 May 2019.

  9. checkpointuk scored this whisky 97 points Connoisseur Color: straw yellow / corn yellow
    Nose: What is there still waiting for us ?! An ultra-fruity avalanche of yellow fruits floods the nose: yellow plums and apples, mirabelle plums, mango, papaya, overripe pears and kiwis in a combination of soft sulfur, smoke, peat, coal, seaweed, maritime spice, tobacco, leather , Cardboard, vanilla, caramel, honey, herbs and hints of mint - what a flood of aromas - the absolute hammer!
    Taste: Powerful and full of power! Front still with yellow-fruity sweetness and honey, but quickly drifting off into gray clouds of smoke from peppery coal and peat. Impacts of fresh, maritime and herbaceous notes break through the smoke wall, and fruity notes of sweet grapefruit and orange peel reappear.
    Finish: Ultralong - the aforementioned fruity notes are waxy with caramel and honey and blended with peat and ash.
    Comment: Ohhhha, what a taste bomb! The thousandfold thank you goes back to Taiwan to our whisky connoisseur Carlos
    97 points (nose: 97 / taste: 97 / finish: 96)

  10. glenenz scored this whisky 100 points Expert Senior

    For me the best whisky i`ve tasted so far. Period. 

    I had the oppertunaty of tasting it some 5 years ago in Groningen and I still remember the smell, taste and everything after that. 

    I still had the empty glass when travelling back home by train and my nose didn`t leave the empty glass. 

    As Serge would say: "pure hardcore malt porn". 

  11. Black Widow did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    This Whisky was sold for 10105 € at Whiskyauction in October 2015

  12. Neptune did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    In april 2014, this whisky has been sold for 4200£ on an online auction.

  13. tebond968 scored this whisky 99 points Expert Senior

    Bowmore 18y 1966, 53%, Samaroli 'Bouquet', 720 bottles - Islay - 99/100
    Gho, where do you start with such an overwhelming nose? I suggest with the fruit, because that is very prominent. The tropical fruit expected at an old Bowmore, but also pear, such a good juicy ... pineapple (eh, that's tropical for sure?), Lemon, grapefruit ... a pretty superior fruit salad as it were. And what about all that fruit? Well, a lot. To begin with, the oh so great 'farm' sensations: subtle smell of stables, from hay, to the manure. Hu, can we talk about fruit salad with a tuft of manure? Soit, also, what sweet, smoke ... and then I undoubtedly miss a large part. Unbelievably complex and especially intergalactically tasty. Now the taste. Also here a lot of fruit, all kinds of citrus (note for myself: this can be described in the following as 'agrum'), towards the end more inclined towards (bitter) grapefruit. Delicious. Chamomile too. Pepper and liquorice. Superb balance between sweet and bitter. And salty. Great long, intense, fruity, slightly smoky aftertaste. Man man, difficult to keep searching for smell and taste sensations on such tasting. This is really heavenly.
    But now the score. Is this whisky worth 100 points? Maybe, but my highest score to date is 97 (for a Brora and an Ardbeg ). Ok, this is also a bit better - this sounds too euphemistic, I mean it is absolute top in whisky - but the jump to the 100 is a bit daring. If I give this Bowmore 100 points, it ends here. Then I deprive myself of the hope of ever having something better to taste. And no, I hope to keep that hope alive. 99 it will be. Not bad either, and by far the best I've ever had in my glass. Point. Sigh. Point. Let it be a gift idea, I am celebrating on January 23. Well, you have to be very lucky in addition to a lot of money, I have not seen a bottle for sale in the last year. And if there is one that will be offered for sale, Dominiek is getting me ready.

  14. Johan Van Samang scored this whisky 99 points Expert Senior

    Best whisky out there. Well, best whisky tasted up till today.


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