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Bowmore 1956

Overall rating
95.11/100
votes
30
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Islay Pure Malt
Vintage
1956
Casktype
Sherry Casks
Strength
43.0 % Vol.
Size
750 ml
Label
old seagull label
Bottled for
Importatore: P. Soffiantino & Co. Genova
Market
it Italy
Added on
27 Feb 2017 7:03 pm by Carpe Diem

Average value

€ 13510,94

10 × in wishlist

30 × member ratings

10 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Bowmore 1956

5 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 95.11 points

  1. detachedblue scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Gunpowder and smoke, lemon and tomato, lychee, fresh and immersive. Huge musk, lemon and fresh cream. Not so tropical as expected.
    • Taste
      Floral, peaches, Jasmine tea, oily, light woodiness, papaya and herbs, lemon, mango, passion fruits, more like a tropical fruit bomb now.
    • Finish
      Medium, rosemary? Very herbal, light smoke.

  2. checkpointuk scored this whisky 96 points Connoisseur

    http://kaypingers-whiskyblog.de/frontend/fullarticle.php?id=97 Color: full gold Nose: Juicy fruits, red and black berries wrapped in soft smoke. Oranges and melons with maritime salt, red peppercorns and a spicy smell of stables, as well as notes of freshly dug earth and wet leather. Very complex and absolutely balanced. Taste: Spicy creamy sherry with soft peat flavors . Again slightly "farmy" smoky and getting salty. Sweet marmelade-like fruit notes of blackberries, elderberries, some lemon and fresh mint are complemented by delicious forest honey. With plenty of salt and pepper, it goes to the finish Finish: Very long - tobacco, leather, some vanilla and dried orange slices. Always spicy and bitter with ingenious nut flavors, dry peat and phenolic smoke. A light fruitiness of black fruits and berries accompanies the palate to the end. Note: This finish will hardly be surpassed by other 43% malts - fantastic! 96 points N: 94P / G: 96P / A: 97P

  3. dram-drinker scored this whisky 96 points Moderator

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

  4. dram-drinker scored this whisky 96 points Moderator

    Subtle smoky, complex, elegant - this is old school - Great!
    • Nose
      Grapefruits, green fruits, hints of vegetables, some notes of toffee and oak wood, sea breeze, salty, whiffs of peat and smoke - definitely an old style Bowmore
    • Taste
      Very oily, creamy, mellow, little salty, some peat and smoke, hints of exotic fruits and citrus fruits coming up, grapefruits again, papaya, carambola, subtle sweetness, hints of espresso and old books - very complex
    • Finish
      Medium long and warm, little zesty but still smooth and more fruity in the end

  5. Carpe Diem did not rate this whisky Member Senior

    WF:

    Bowmore 1956 (43%, OB for Soffiantino, 1980s) No need to introduce this series I guess, it put together many of the best malts ever distilled and bottled by man in our opinion. Colour: gold. Nose: otherworldly. Look, let’s keep this short and sweet: it’s a class of its own, different from the Bowmores from the 1960s in the sense that the latter were fruitier and less peaty, whilst this displays the most exceptional combination of peat smoke and tropical fruits (mostly citrus this time). A S.T.U.N.N.I.N.G. combo. Mouth: this is why we’re into whisky. Grapefruits, spearmint, peat, lemon marmalade, angelica, woodruff, high-end walnut liqueur, 3,765 different spices, 4,623 different fruits, 7,598 different ‘phenolic’ aromas… Well, I’m sure you get the picture. Finish: does ‘the peacock’s tail’ several times in a row, like the greatest old wines, the most wonderful peatiness being a permanent feature. Comments: we had always thought that straight peat did not stand long ageing – including bottle ageing – but this is an example of a very old whisky (a 30+20, that is to say 30 years in wood plus 20 years in glass) that kept all of its peatiness. Drawback: this makes many recent whiskies taste a tad, say ridiculous and pretentious. SGP:666 (devilish indeed) - 96 Points.

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