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Bowmore 1996

Overall rating
90.53/100
votes
88
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Hand-filled at the distillery
Vintage
17.09.1996
Bottled
2016
Stated Age
20 years old
Casktype
Oloroso Sherry Butt
Casknumber
2534
Strength
56.2 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Added on
09 Nov 2016 4:00 pm by Eneloop2009
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 556,50

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88 × member ratings

136 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Bowmore 1996

12 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 90.53 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    [May, 2017]  I had this dram at the Ballygrant's Inn during the Feis Ile.

    A great sherry butt bottled just about the right time (maybe one year earlier would have been perfect, but no one knows what the next year of maturation brings - so no blame on this).  It seems they have a close to perfection cask management at Bowmore (at least for the expensive sherry butts...).
    • Nose
      90 90
      The colour is brown sherry and the texture shows fast fat legs with tears. A full load of clean sherry enters the nose first with significant camphor and eucalyptus aromas (usually I do not like this but here it is fine). Later some hints of dark chocolate, orange peels and raisins join in.
    • Taste
      89 89
      The taste is all about an extreme sherry profile with stronger dark chocolatey (85% cocoa), oranges and raisins flavours than in the nose. Water is not needed as it flattens the dram (but it does not get bitter as so often with heavily sherried whiskies).
    • Finish
      88 88
      The arrival on the palate is instantly mouth-coating with minor bitter notes from heavy tannins (that are not unpleasant). The bitterness of the first mouthfeel vanishes quickly but then pops up again during the finish where it gets a little too much (for my taste). The finish is long and shows these interesting camphor and eucalyptus flavours of the nose again (that are surprisingly not on the palate).

  2. schero scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Blind tip:
    Ardmore (or Bowmore)
    20 years
    Refill Sherry
    50% Resolution:
    But a Bowmore. But what a. On refill I had typed, since there are hardly any bitterness or dryness. This has been an exceptionally good sherry keg! And typical Bowmore you do not notice the alcohol actually.

    Thanks Eneloop2009 for the sample :-)
    • Nose
      Meaty and slightly sour sherry notes, very subtle smoke, liquid chocolate, slightly musty, old oily machine, red dried fruit, dry wood, Christmas cookies
    • Taste
      Again sweet red dried fruit, the alcohol gradually comes up, but then nice pressure with a lot of heat, creamy, wet tobacco, chocolate
    • Finish
      Light smoke, lots of sweet and creamy chocolate, pleasant oak spiciness, nice full warmth

  3. Dram Dracula scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    The most dark chocolate I've experienced in a whisky. Not sure if a visitor accidentally dropped a dark chocolate bar or two into this barrel.
    • Nose
      91 91
      Dark chocolate, bitter dark raisins, prunes, dark roasted coffee, with a bit of red wine elements.
    • Taste
      91 91
      Thick, oily, intense. A good mix of peat and heavy sherry. Lots of dry, dark chocolates. Soy sauce and oyster sauce. Heavily smoked black tea. I don't detect burnt meat or sulfur, which is great news for modern heavily sherried bowmore. Adding water added clarity to the sweetness and sherry, but we get less of the intense dark chocolate which I really like.
    • Finish
      90 90
      Bitter roasted coffee, dark chocolate, slightly dry.

  4. Roland7 scored this whisky 85 points Member Senior

    Fine, promising aroma, but unfortunately a bit empty in the aftertaste.

    Peanuts, milk chocolate, orange, buckwheat porridge, wood bark, smoked sausage, electrical wiring, lube oil, rubber, coal, sulfur, medicines, mint, strawberries!

  5. ApricotOne scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    With a few drops of water:
    In the nose one recognizes wet, dried tobacco leaves, moist earth, cinnamon and red berries. The smoke is perfectly integrated and not dominant, on the contrary a perfect player to the other flavors
    The palate makes annoyed campfire noticeable. A little salt, as you are on a windy day at the beach. Ground pepper and a little cloves. In the finish, the revenge makes itself felt for a long time, but not too intrusive while the bitterness and the associated dryness of the barrel is noticeable.
    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      92 92

  6. Hvdree scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  7. P.A.O.K.you_are scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  8. LaddieNerd scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Delicious!
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      91 91

  9. RL_whisky scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      91 91

  10. MacLeod66 scored this whisky 91 points Expert Junior

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

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