Bowmore Black 1964 2nd Edition
Added on Wednesday, Jun 9, 2010 at 10:20 PM
  Bottler: OB
  Age: 30 yrs Type: Scotch
  Vintage: 1964 Subtype: Single Malt
  ABV: 50.00 % Region: Islay
  Price: N/A Availability: Collectors Only
Second Edition of the legendary Black Bowmore          2,000 Bottles
Member Ratings and Notes

n:  Red vines and damp wood soaked in brown sugar with Aunt Jemima syrup.  Rarely is the nose of a whisky so good that you don't want to bother drinking it.  This is one of those very very few.


P: Oil with a huge blast of bitter sherry and peppercorn.  The sweetness that was in the nose is completely absent in mouth, which was a tad surprising.


The finish is the only thing I found dissapointed.  After the atomic shock of flavor it completely burned out leaving a finish where you could taste bitterness on the tongue without any flavor.  It was almost like of the the flavor was sucked out of my mouth just as the party was getting started.

N: Dark and strong sherry, orange custard, plum sauce, a bit of smoke and some farmy notes.
P: Lives up to it's color in huge sherry flavor with an undercurrent of anise.   Develops more onto cherry cough syrup and Robotussin with some well integrated peat.   I had expected (hoped) that it would have some of those great melon notes from older Bowmore but they aren't detectable to me.  It is more of a traditionally flavored sherried whisky than I expected.
F: Gets meaty and salty in the finish.
Having difficulty assigning a grade initially, I chose to do some comparisons to other A range sherried whiskies we had in the reserves.   It pretty much blasted them away in flavor intensity.   But in terms of uniqueness and enjoyment, it was on even ground.  A-/A. 
Nose says sherry for sure, with spice cake, gingerbread, briney stuff, and a hint of body odor. Palate delivers on this, with molasses, and just a suggestion of smoke. Something skunky pokes its head in here and there. Pretty dry yet in no way overly tannic. What's most impressive about this is the combination of how richly flavored it is, yet it's just so easily drinkable. Big complexity with big drinkability.  

The Nose is a torrent of darkness, among the gusty trees, the palate is a ghostly galleon tossed upon cloudy seas, the finish is a ribbon of moonlight, over the purple moor, and the Bowmore Black keeps riding, riding.


Yeah, it's poetic.  The nose has a deeper sherry than I've ever sensed, with overripe plums and molasses.  


The palate is all that lush sherry with peat in the background, just slightly submerged in the sherry.  


On the finish I get peat first and then the sherry comes back into prominence. There is maybe a slight bitterness at the end of the finish, but that's the only flaw I can find in this whisky. 

Sherry...yum.  Nose of very ripe fruits, wax, berries and lead.  Palate is very buttery with prunes, raisins, tobacco and black coffee grind.  Ends with a nice long finish of licorice and smoke.   More graphite/ flint compared to the 1st edition. 
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