Bowmore is one of the ever decreasing handful of distilleries to produce its own floor malted barley. It is also home to the legendary No.1 vaults, the oldest maturation warehouse in Scotland and the only one below sea level. It is here the 18 year old spends its long life maturing in hand selected oak casks allowed to mature at its own sedate pace.
Fairley's Tasting Note ...
The whisky appears mellow mahogany with creamy caramel, light smoke and ripe fruit on the nose. Vibrant on the palate, fruit and pear creamy vanilla mixed in with toasted caramel. Finshing subtle and dry with balanced pear and smoke.
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A whisky to be savoured slowly, every delicious drop of this exquisitely balanced malt has been matured for a quarter of a century in North American Bourbon and Spanish Sherry casks. It appears deep mahogany with intense sherry and stewed fruits with a hint of smokiness on the nose. Delicious toffee and hazelnut, woven together with just a hint of sweet pear smoke on the palate. Finishing complex and mellow ...
Founded in 1779, Bowmore is the first recorded distillery on Islay, as well as being one of the oldest in scotland. Water obtained from the Peat-Laden Laggan River is used in its distillation and the smoking of the malt is carried out in peat fired kilns. Islay malts are farmed for there peaty smokiness and the Bowmore 12 year old is no exception. The colour is warm amber with peat and white chocolate, subtle lemon and balanced honey on the nose.
The Bowmore Darkest is matured in both Bourbon and sherry cask, the final three years are spent in Oloroso Sherry casks. The Darkest displays dark amber, smoke and dark chocolate with hints of cinnamon, toffee and vanilla on the nose. On the palate the cedar wood, peat and black cherry are at the forefront with hints of plum and toffee. Finishing robust and complex, with nutts and sherry fruit.
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