The Bowmore 1966 Samaroli Bouquet. Credit score: Whisky Auctioneer

WhiskyFun is maybe probably the most well-known whisky-tasting web site on this planet. Whisky connoisseur and whisky lover Serge Valentin data his rankings on 1000’s of whiskies, with the assistance of skilled taster, Angus MacRaild.

Regardless of the excessive quantity of whiskies being sampled, Serge and Angus undoubtedly have their favorites or ‘winners’ as they’ve affectionately named them. These are whiskies which were awarded over 90 factors.

One such winner, with an incredible rating of 98 factors at its most up-to-date tasting, is the long-lasting Bowmore 1966 Samaroli Bouquet.

Learn the earlier installments of Scotch Whisky Legends right here.

The Bowmore 1966 Samaroli Bouquet

This legendary whisky is sometimes called one of the best Bowmore in existence, with whisky lovers the world over singing its praises.

The Bouquet was created by Samaroli. This Italian impartial bottling firm was based by the late, nice Silvano Samaroli in 1968. Samaroli was recognized and beloved for his championing of cask power, classic scotch whisky at a time when blends dominated the market. As such, Samaroli was all the time looking for distinctive and spectacular casks to bottle and current to the world.

Samaroli is a extremely revered impartial bottler.

R.W. Duthie bottled the Bowmore in 1984 at a power of 53% ABV. Samaroli launched simply 720 bottles and so they have turn out to be the rarest of treasures on the secondary market.

The labels for the Samaroli Flowers have been designed by Samaroli himself, together with the Bowmore Bouquet. Subsequently, private contact is obvious on every of the bottles and in every dram of the whisky.

You possibly can learn extra concerning the fascinating historical past of Samaroli here.

Angus MacRaild’s Tasting Notes On The Bowmore 1966 Samaroli Bouquet

Angus MacRaild most lately sampled the Bowmore 1966 Samaroli Bouquet in January 2020. It’s protected to say that Angus fell head over heels for this Bowmore, saying:

“What are you able to say about this bottling that hasn’t already been gushed on my own and lots of others elsewhere. I’ll merely re-state my very own emotions: that this can be a vital and vital bottling. It fused very deliberate and sensible cask choice by Mr Samaroli, clearly thought-about bottling decisions (the selection to do it at cask power for instance) and fascinating label paintings that alluded in distinct aesthetic type to the character of the whisky inside. I’d additionally add that that is the primary time that I, or any of my whisky buddies that I’m conscious of, are tasting this whisky towards a few of its fellow legends. It is going to be fascinating to see if it might stand its floor towards the formidable Largiemeanoch… 

“Color: gentle gold. 

“Nostril: there’s fruit and there’s fruit. That is the each inch the latter, and exactly why this whisky sits aside from virtually all others. I’ll strive to not go on, however there’s a stage of specificity, depth and readability concerning the tropical fruit notes right here that’s exhausting to articulate. It actually is a whisky which stops you lifeless and seizes complete management; which you cede fortunately. Unique, flawless, chic, chiseled, fathoms deep and, on the finish of the day, simply totally chic providing you with the impression that the entire thing is easy. There are different tertiary characters that you possibly can go into – farmyard, earthy, umami word – however I’ll write a novel if I don’t resist. With water: euphoric. Higher than being on medication. 

“Mouth: That is the place I begin to run out of phrases. I’ll merely say that it’s a mixture of unique fruit freshness and energy wrapped round a form of trembling mineral construction which is simply otherworldly. That is definition of actual perfection in whisky – the place you’re simply stopped lifeless and can’t actually discover the phrases to explain your method out of it. With water: It’s nonetheless broadly about fruit, however there’s simply a lot else. It is a whisky that takes the definitions of ‘tertiary’ and ‘advanced’ to their absolute extremes. F[**]ok it, name the anti-maltoporn brigade! 

“End: as lengthy and deep as you may think. However what’s so placing is that it doesn’t wander or meander randomly. You continue to really feel so totally managed and within the grip of a whisky that’s simply irrefutably in management and shifting and growing with goal and genius precision. 

“Feedback: I’ve tried this whisky twice earlier than however by no means recorded correct notes. At the back of my thoughts I had form of anticipated to attain it 97 however I’m afraid to say I’m left completely reeling by this totally spellbinding whisky.

“SGP: 767 – 98 factors.” Angus MacRaild,, 2020

The whisky is the joint highest-rated on WhiskyFun, with the Laphroaig 1967 15 Yr Previous Samaroli sharing the top spot.

The Worth of Bowmore Bouquet

When the Bowmore Bouquet seems at public sale, whisky connoisseurs battle for possession of this legendary bottle. Subsequently, public sale hammer costs usually attain dizzying heights.

The bottle can be very scarce on the secondary market. As of the time of writing, fewer than 20 of those Bowmores have been offered at public sale.

The present public sale report for a Bowmore 1966 Samaroli Bouquet is £72,600 achieved at Sotheby’s in 2019.

Silvano Samaroli and Emmanuel Dron have been shut associates, sharing a ardour for whisky.

As such, when Emmanuel Dron – writer of Accumulating Scotch Whisky and proprietor of the Auld Alliance bar in Singapore – opened a bottle of Bowmore 1966 Samaroli Bouquet in 2017, it was definitely a newsworthy occasion. Dron provided the whisky by the dram. Consequently, whisky lovers flocked to Singapore from all around the world to pattern the legendary whisky.

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