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 »
A bottle of Bowmore 12 year old with free water jug. The whisky has a place in many hearts as Islay's 'medium-peated' malt. A pronounced iodine character with plenty of pepper, yet the malt is balanced and smooth as well as smoky.
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 2001 vintage Bowmore released by Signatory as part of their Un-Chillfiltered Collection. Distilled on September 25, it was aged for 12 years in a refill sherry butt before being bottled on April 14 2014.
Bowmore Black Rock was released for the travel retail market in 2014. A No Age Statement whisky that was matured predominantly in Spanish ex-sherry casks, this shows an excellent balance between richness and smoke.
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.
The fifth in Bowmore's Tempest series of cask strength 10 year old releases. This one, the second under master blender Rachel Barrie, allies some of Tempest 4's softer side with the intensity and weight of the earlier editions - the best of both worlds.
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.
Bowmore Gold Reef was released for the travel retail market in 2014. A No Age Statement whisky that was matured predominantly in first fill ex-bourbon casks, this is a coastal whisky with tropical fruit flavours.
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...