Bowmore 1956

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Islay Pure Malt
Sherry Casks
43.0 % Vol.
750 ml
old seagull label
Bottled for
Importatore: P. Soffiantino & Co. Genova
Italy Italy
Added on
27 feb 2017 7:20 pm by Carpe Diem

Average value

€ 23079.74

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Whisky reviews for Bowmore 1956

10 users have left 11 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 93.42 points.

  1. prz22 scored this whisky 95 points Expert Senior

    Old style Bowmore: less dominated by fruits yet more peaty and beautifully subtle. Like some other old Bowmores: could be just slightly more abv powered.
    • Nose
      Refined peaty and phenolic poem, variety of herbs, spices, teas, subtle salty vegetables, and very old treasurous smoke and peat..
    • Taste
      extremely coherent and consistent with nose.
      Lacks some abv but exceptional balance on each layer is just mindblowing!
    • Finish
      Whatever You focus on, it's harmonious, elegant, classy, old style, really sophisticated. Subtle fruits with such a perfect peaty sweetness, and smoky salt-candied - long - aftertaste. Beautuful!!

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  3. JCTang scored this whisky 95 points Member Senior

    Bowmore 1956 Sherry Casks, 43%. Color: light amber; smell: plenty of fruit, mainly citrus, and a hint of mango, some dried cranberries, dark chocolate, clear woody aroma, wood smoke, nuts, etc., and there are obvious sensations, Medium strength peat, slight sea salt, 95 points. After standing in the cup for a period of time, the taste of each dimension is stronger, which can give 96 points; Tasting: medium-strength wine, very oily, rose, passion fruit, lime and other fruits filling the mouth, and obvious The feelings of peat and herbal are perfectly blended together, 95 points; aftertaste: medium-length, peat, lime, mint, 95 points

  4. MIKEDOGG scored this whisky 97 points Member Senior

    Mangoes, peaches, apricots, pink grapefruits, white pears, and juicy coastal peat candy forever.

    White forest floor earthy rosemary truffles to boot.

    It is just what makes Bowmore probably the best distillery ever for its classic bottlings.

  5. macwhisky scored this whisky 97 points Connoisseur

    just as terrific as the whole 66 to 69 OA - great fruit, cassis and a hint of smoke in the finish. Happy whoever got the chance to try it!

  6. mayyerrumleak scored this whisky 97 points Member Senior

    Best bowmore so far. together with Golf Decanter 1964

  7. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    Very fruity zesty peaty and elegant but not as tropical as I would have expected, typical bowmore nose and a lot of citrus still a brilliant dram

  8. detachedblue scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    • 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.

  9. checkpointuk scored this whisky 96 points Connoisseur 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

  10. dram-drinker scored this whisky 96 points Photo Moderator

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      96 96
    • Taste
      97 97
    • Finish
      95 95

  11. dram-drinker scored this whisky 96 points Photo 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

  12. Carpe Diem did not rate this whisky Member Senior


    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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