Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Morrison Bowmore Distillers Ltd (MBo)
Stated Age
22 years old
Sherry Wood
43.0 % Vol.
750 ml
Bottled for
Prestonfield House, Edinburgh
sc Scotland
Added on
28 Jun 2009 8:09 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 17275.65

32 × in wishlist

90 × member ratings

45 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for The Prestonfield 1965 MBo

13 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 94.86 points

  1. lincolnimp scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    I agree with Dram drinker that the 1972 16 year Prestonfield is a lot better than this one.
    This is the 3rd high scoring Bowmore in a row (92-95p) that I can`t even get to 90 points.
    I think Bowmore is over scored on the old stuff by some people, yes it can be superb but not all of it is, this one is a case in point, just like the 1964 Fino cask trilogy bottle. good but not close to the mammoth scores some people give them.
    I could not get over the gravy note on the nose nor the fact that the fruit on the palate was subdued and not that sweet
    I wonder if the mini bottle sample is any different. need to try it?
    This should be on the mini bottle page, picked up the wrong sample, but I assume the mini is the same???
    • Nose
      82 82
      I don`t think the nose is all that expressive, there is some slightly burnt smoke, faint orange liqueur, and then some beef notes emerge mixing with other stewed fruit , but it smells like a roast dinner to me, that's it roast parsnips.
      WTH, this is really weird
    • Taste
      88 88
      There is much more peat on the palate than I was anticipating and there is also some woody bitterness but there are certainly glimpses of quality on show.
      Let's try to pin these flavours down:-
      The balance is ok it is just the fruit is of the stewed unripe kind and it is overshadowed by the peat a little.
      With time more fruit emerges, mainly mango and a little fresh pineapple.
      The mouth feel is really good in parts but to get a high score the fruit needs to be a lot more expressive and this one fact alone for me spoils the whole experience on the palate,
    • Finish
      91 91
      Long finish, remaining a little peppery, a little stewed fruit and some peat, but it goes on for a long time which is impressive for only 43%

  2. StanM scored this whisky 98 points Expert Junior

    This Whisky was sold for 6.600£ at Whiskyauctioneer 11/2018

  3. tomjcollins85 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    The shop link for this bottle (Maltmerchant) has an expired SSL certificate. I would advise against anyone spending over 5K euros on this until this problem is resolved by the merchant.

  4. dram-drinker scored this whisky 93 points Photo Moderator

    Pretty good, old style Bowmore - better than the Bowmore 1965 OB with the seagull label but not as good as the Bowmore 1956 OB with the seagull label. Personally I also prefer the Bowmore 1972 for Prestonfield over this one.
    • Nose
      Hints of grapefruits, lemons, and also notes of vegetables and little grassy
    • Taste
      Citrus fruits, subtle sweetness, again hints of green fruits, lemon zest, little oak wood
    • Finish
      Medium long, warm

  5. Alex did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    This now legendary single sherry cask number 47 was distilled in 1965 at Bowmore distillery and bottled around 1987, for the prestigious Prestonfield House of Edinburgh, Scotland, which was established in 1683. Scored a brilliant 94 points with WhiskyFun and it is highly unlikely we will find another one of these in such good condition.




  6. Vmarcinv scored this whisky 95 points Expert Senior

    Absolutely gorgeous!
    Nose- the power of delicate fruit, it is without, a lot of leather, tobacco. Smoke is a beautiful complement that covers nothing. There is some furniture polish, wood gave the best to the distillate.
    Taste - Full, Delicate, there is wax, old wood, a lot of herbs and fruitiness, Although only 43% immediately fills the mouth. Delicate smoke combined with light earthiness.
    Finish - Long, nice lots of oak, fruit, tobacco and vanilla.

  7. checkpointuk scored this whisky 96 points Connoisseur


    Wow, Bowmore at its best! A fruit composition that couldn't be better. Forest berries, elderberries, plums, blueberries and then the crowning glory: the whole thing with the finest leather, the most delicious aromas of tobacco and humidors, some furniture polish, soft vanilla, but also wood and tea - simply indescribably good. Similar to the Bicentenary 1964 but more flavorful and with more tobacco. After longer breathing it becomes more and more intense, smokier, peaty and even more humidor - absolutely fantastic and unique!
    Soft, spicy and voluminous - mouth-filling straight away. Wax, wood, fruit, spice, leather, earth, spice again, smoky peat, fruit again and in between tons of tobacco and humidor - what a gigantic and outstanding malt that becomes fresher towards the finish.
    Long - the freshness increases, but still at full throttle towards tea, herbs and wood. Only slightly drier and with decreasing fruit content. The goodness of the taste can't quite be held, but this is Bowmore at it's best!
    96 points
    N: 96P / G: 97P / F: 95P

  8. checkpointuk scored this whisky 96 points Connoisseur

    ... notes for this one coming soon

  9. checkpointrk scored this whisky 96 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      96 96
    • Taste
      97 97
    • Finish
      95 95

  10. prz22 scored this whisky 96 points Expert Senior

    Old school style, depth and complexity.
    Fruity, smoky, extremely enjoyable

    Lacks a little abv strength, but definitely did not disappoint despite high expectations

    Raised +1 point after second tasting.
    Due to quite low ABV it uncovers much more when tasted alone.
    It's oily, syrupy character unfolds, developed in each aspect really - fantastic dram!


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