Bowmore was the first of Islay's distilleries to receive a license, springing fully-formed into official existence in 1779. It is likely that the founder of the distillery, one William Simson, had been been distilling in Bowmore since shortly after his arrival in 1766, at a time when Daniel Campbell the Younger (the laird of the island) was exp ... Read More »
Bowmore's Small Batch Reserve is matured in first and second fill ex bourbon casks, resulting in a sweet, spicy and smoky whisky. This is a lighter example of Bowmore and an excellent starting point for Islay whiskies.
A rather young (for them) release from Berry Brothers & Rudd, but testament to their philosophy that it's about maturity rather than age. The peat balances the citrus notes, leading to a quite delicious dram.
The first couple of batches of Bowmore's Tempest, a cask-strength 10yo vatted from first-fill bourbon casks, have been incredibly popular, and rightly so. This one has a more elegant touch and tantalising tropical fruitiness, especially with a drop of water and a few minutes in the glass. Our favourite batch so far, this is fabulous stuff.
An interesting, untampered with whisky from Murray McDavid, switching their usual ACEing for simple, but excellent, cask selection. This is a 2000 vintage Bowmore simply aged in sherry casks for 7 years before bottling.
A 2002 vintage whisky from Murray McDavid, matured initially in bourbon casks before being switched over to red wine casks from Chateau Latour, one of the top producers of Bordeaux, for a total of 8 years of maturation.
The fourth release in Bowmore's Tempest series, taking a small batch of first fill bourbon casks and marrying them before bottling at cask strength. A classic example of relatively young and fully flavoured Bowmore.
A quarter-bottle each of the Bowmore 12yo, 15yo Darkest and 18yo. Not just a great starter set, but also the perfect gift for anyone looking to explore the charms of Islay's oldest surviving distillery. A set of three 20cl bottles
Easily the most popular of the no-age-statement Bowmores, with a rich sherry influence calming some of the more fiery attributes of the young spirit. As close in style to the legendary Black Bowmore as most of us mere mortals will be able to taste.
More madness from Murray McDavid, starting with a 1995 vintage distillate from Bowmore. They first matured the spirit in ex-Bourbon before finishing the whisky in Viognier white wine casks from Guigal in Condrieu, for a total of 11 years in wood. They may also have spelled Viognier as Voignier on the label...