Bowmore is Islay's first distillery. Founded in 1779, Bowmore is the malt from Scotland’s oldest maturation warehouse and first licensed distillery on Islay. Some of the world’s most coveted single malts have been meticulously matured within these walls. Nurtured in legendary #1 vaults, Bowmore Single Malt is widely acknowledged to be among the finest and most perfectly balanced whiskies in the world.
Bowmore is often noted as one of the few distilleries that still malts its own barley. Like many Islay distilleries, much is made of its seaside warehouses have briny air interacts with the casks of whiskey stored within. However, Bowmore makes so much whisky nowadays that not all the barley used as malted on-site, nor all whiskey aged on-site. These are features that play into their flavor profile, which is not a saline as some others on the island.
This 18-year-old expression was drawn from ex-bourbon barrel and Sherry cask stock, and bottled at 43% ABV.
Classic Bowmore smokiness, nose perfectly tempered with creamy caramel, chocolate and ripe fruit aromas.
Beautiful soft fruit and chocolate balanced with a light smokiness - incredibly complex palate.
Long and wonderfully balanced finish.