Bowmore is definitely leading the way with single malt production from Islay. The Black Bowmore 1964 is part of the famous Bowmore Trilogy of single Malt.
This single malt was carefully matured in Oloroso sherry casks and placed deep in the distillery cellars – in fact so deep that they were below sea level. There they spent 40 years maturing.
Bowmore Black 1964
This has developed a rich, deep, dark colour from the casks. This exceptional single malt whisky is one of the rarest whiskies in the world because only 804 have ever been produced.
Tasting Notes (by John Hansell – The Whisky Advocate)
This in short is one of the most fascinating whiskies I have ever tasted! It’s better than the original Black Bowmore trio.
…What I think impresses me most is how the whisky evolves. On the nose and palate, this is a thick, viscous, whisky, with notes of sticky toffee, earthy oak, fig cake, roasted nuts, fallen fruit, pancake batter, black cherry, ripe peach, dark chocolate covered espresso bean, polished leather, tobacco, a hint of wild game and lingering, leafy damp kiln smoke. Flavors continue on the palate long after swallowing. This is what we all hope for (and dream of) in an older whisky!
I have now tasted this whisky twice: last night before dinner with Iain McCallum, Bowmore’s whisky “nose”, and this morning, in my hotel room before posting this. My opinion is the same. My rating for this whisky, which will be published in the next issue of Malt Advocate magazine, is: 97. (That’s the highest rating I have ever given a whisky.)