Country: Scotland
Region: Islay
Type: Single Malt
Bottler: Distiller
ABV: 49%
Score: 96 points

The Black Bowmore 1964 "Final Edition" Scotch Whisky from 1995. Photo ©2013 by Mark Gillespie. This was the third of three annual releases of Black Bowmore during 1993, 1994, and 1995, and was thought to be the last available bottling of Black Bowmore until the distillery’s release of a 42-year-old Black Bowmore in 2006. Matured in Walnut Sherry oak casks, the nose is dark and rich with figs, muted allspice, an earthy note of fresh-turned garden soil, a bare whiff of peat, and a touch of honey.

The taste is spicy, intense, and peppery with figs, honey, an earthy touch of truffles, and as the pepperiness fades, notes of molasses and black tea come out. The finish is subtle and lingering with a good balance of sweetness and earthiness. (November, 2013)

At some point between 1995 and 2006, this whisky changed in the barrel to become fruity and vibrant. Read the tasting notes for the 2006 Black Bowmore release to see the difference.