Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Stated Age
40 years old
Bourbon Hogshead with Sherry Finish
Number of bottles
42.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
05 Jun 2009 2:04 pm
Cask Strength

Average value

€ 45822,20

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Whisky Reviews for Bowmore 1955

3 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 95.25 points

  1. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 96 points Connoisseur


    [Re-racked into a sherry cask for 20 years, after 20 in bourbon].

    N: After such a raucous reception for the reveal of this bottle, a dumfounding hush immediately falls upon our entire party, for a nose that [for me], reaches a new bar - every sniff refreshingly mind blowing. As a result, I almost immediately give in to the imaginary realm. For example, I noted: ‘after the temporal presence of being in a timeless & vaguely familiar shadowy forest, I’m transported into the essential heart of a dingy sweet shop of yesteryear, effortlessly inhaling ambrosia sugars wrapped up in a vine leaf’. I also managed to scribble down things like lozenge putty & yoghurt coatings but descriptors seemed wholly irrelevant over emotional reactions at this time & place, during this experience shared amongst friends & like-minded folk who had travelled far for this special occasion.

    T: Maintaining full vibrancy without full power [the low abv causing zero issues], the herbal barley spirit travels some, touching many many parts of the flavour spectrum as it passes through. With an underlying sweetness, the herbal side is most keen. I get tastes of allotments, garden sheds and the distillery itself as I imagine being magically transported back there to a time before visitor’s centres, chocolate pairings and highly managed consistency. This is the ethos of old & rare personified, and a quest fulfilled.

    F: Develops a heathery, herbal, liquorice waxiness, the barley juice checking in now and again. A soothing tranquil heathery finish.

    C: Wowee, this is nearly off the charts - much like the 1937 Glen Mhor [blog], or some of those unforgettable G&M ‘Generations’ bottlings. Scores my highest mark yet.

    Scores an A++

  2. Feusi did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Bottled in a beautiful crystal decanter, this gorgeous fruity Bowmore has been declared by more than one of our customers to be the best that they have ever tasted. After such a long period of ageing, the malt has taken on a very elegant character and shows restrained peat combined with ethereal layers of exotic fruit. A serious, subtle malt that demands the drinker`s time and full attention.

  3. Laird Of Islay did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    1955 DISTILLATION "THE CRAFTING OF THE SPIRIT"It was an unremarkable clear and sunny morning on the 22nd of November 1955, when this spirit was poured into its oak cask. The Gulf stream that warms the sea off Islay took the edge off the brisk breeze that blew from the West over the Atlantic swell. These same waters of Loch Indaal still pound the walls of Bowmore Distillery on the Hebridean Island of Islay, and seep through to the maturation vaults deep below, imparting the unique character to its Malt Whisky.For four decades this remarkable whisky has lain in the same silent dark vaults and for twenty years the whisky breathed deep through its bourbon hogshead oak cask and matured becoming rich in colour and warm and subtle in flavour. Then, after transfer to a carefully selected sherry butt, it was once again laid to rest in the same vaults for a further two decades under the care of the men of Bowmore Distillery. Seven distillery managers carefully monitored its maturation and followed its progress to its ultimate bottling at cask strength."THE SPIRIT OF CRAFTMANSHIP"This unique Bowmore, 40 Years Old, 1955 Vintage, Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky is a celebration of the skills of the Master Craftsman. The whisky is finally presented in a manner which reflects similar care and attention to detail and, once again, continues to honour the art and the tradition of such skills. This hand crafted glass decanter has been individually blown, hand cut and engraved by the artists of Caithness Glass, Scotland. Each decanter is individually numbered and has been created to reflect images of the traditional Bowmore bottle. The individual oak presentation case has been hand made by the Master Cabinet Makers of Charles Kirkby & Sons, Sheffield, England. Their world renowned skills have ensured that this extremely rare whisky has a final resting place worthy of such a unique pedigree. http://www.bowmore.co.uk/Bowmorefourty.aspx


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