White Bowmore 1964
70cl / 42.8%
43 Year Old
- Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky
- Distillery Bottling
White Bowmore 1964 Reviews
Tasting notes by Whiskyfun (Serge Valentin)
Colour: gold, not white (but white wine isn’t white either, is it?)
Nose: amazing, in seven letters. Fantabulous notes of tropical fruits (where to start? Mangos, grapefruits, passion fruits, kiwis, god knows what else…) mingling with a very ‘Indian’ blend of spices. Cardamom, caraway, ground ginger, nutmeg, green curry… Stunning, really. There’s also these very maritime notes (kelp, iodine, wet beach) and these floral ones (lilies and peonies, beautifully heady here.) An amazing whisky – no, rather a perfume from the very best makers’.
Mouth: frankly, I had thought it would all happen on the nose, but it’s not the case at all. Superb attack all on passion fruits (my mum would say “buy passion fruits, it’s cheaper”) and then mastic-flavoured Turkish delights, a little roasted argan oil, lemon pie, all kinds of soft spices, high-end lemon squash and, as expected, notes of oak, with a very pleasant and subtle bitterness as a signature. And there’s well a little peat lingering somewhere…
Finish: probably not extremely bold but amazingly clean and straightforward for a short while, getting then very subtle and complex again. Whispers, but whispers for a very, very long time... … …
Comments: is this an “anti Black Bowmore”? Probably, as it’s very subtle, complex and maybe sometimes a tad ‘diaphanous’ but always very wonderful. And what a nose! The epitome of elegance as far as whisky is concerned.... SGP:644 - 95 points.
Tasting Notes by Tim F
Nose: Immediate burst of tweed and sweet, creamy exotic fruit - melon, mango, kiwi. Also some light camphor, then a flash of sleek oak. Aged orange liqueur and smoked vanilla as the oak becomes more noticeable. Ripe mandarin oranges, grapefruit soda, tinned pineapples. Oaky notes of old wood, chocolate powder and faint mocha. Peach melba yoghurt. Wet sand. Old tarpaulins. In a word: Majestic. In another word: Everchanging.
Palate: Amazing mouthfeel, with assertive oak and spiced fruity flavours invading every tastebud. All the characteristics of the nose whirl past in different combinations, with the firm-but-not-overpowering oak background providing the rhythm section, as it were. Impressive clarity of fruit character and pitch-perfect integration. There is very little peat character here, just the faintest wisp of smoke. In a word: Mesmerising.
Finish: A longer-then-expected, warm, soft, lingering fade, almost unwilling to drag itself from the tongue. Seems to become more maritime toward the death.
Producer's Tasting NotesColour: Golden syrup.
Nose: Amazing aromas of Gallia melon, mango and papaya.
Palate: Hints of mixed exotic fruits, vanilla and maple syrup with just a trace of Bowmore peat smoke.
Finish: Surprisingly clean and incredibly long.
Tasting Notes by John Hansell (Malt Advocate)
I like this Bowmore better than all the previous bourbon oak-aged, ultra-mature Bowmore whiskies that have been released over the past fifteen years. (There have been several.) The oak is always present, but not dominant. And the whisky really evolves on the palate, just like the Black Bowmore releases.
This emphasis here is on fruit, bright fruit: peach, tangerine, mango, ripe melon, and pineapple. There’s a soft, gentle side to the whisky too, enhanced by sweeter notes of pancake syrup, orange creamsickle and white chocolate. Heavy oak notes emerge, along with teasing, earthy smoke, to give the whisky depth and bottom notes. The smoke and oak linger long on the finish. Very contemplative. In short, an outstanding whisky, but not quite reaching the excellence of Black Bowmore.
Advanced Malt Advocate magazine rating: 94
6 Customer Reviews
The nose is a monster of tropical fruit! Mango, Papaya, guava, and pineapple with vanilla and foreign spices blending seamlessly. They are just going back and forth with the occasional floral notes and then every so often, a wave of Islay (light peat, salt, iodine, and seaweed) comes to show itself. Then it sinks back under the tropical fruit, vanilla, and an amazing blend of spices forming a masterpiece of a perfume that is so complex, you need to nose it in waves before your nose fatigues. Then the perfect blend of spices and fruit form a tea that only a true connoisseur can appreciate, before just a hint of star anise comes to present itself for another level of complexity. The taste is malty with citrus and spices that then develops a light mix of both sweet and bitter peat. It then gets a bitter and quirky fruit coming forward like passion fruit that is infused in that same tea that was on the nose. At first, the finish is just delicate citrus and a is still a little bitter, but then fruit starts again allowing it to become more balanced and smooth out the bitter flavors. Then a sweet dessert with caramel and sugar cookies show up before that same tea comes back to stay for what appears to be forever. 10 minutes later and it still is here. I am concentrating so much on the unbelievable complexity that my eyes just started to tear and I have gotten the chills. This is just like listening to Mahler''s Symphony #8 (Symphony for a thousand) where it is so huge in the variety of flavors and complexity that it just leaves you speechless and in awe when it is finally finished. It is truly a masterpiece and now after 15 minutes of just sitting here in awe, the delicate tropical fruit comes back. Unbelievable. The Gold Bowmore may have more intense flavors, like Lychee, but nothing and I mean NOTHING can hold up to the complexity of this.