Bowmore, the oldest licensed distillery on Scotland’s famed isle of Islay have announced the release of the new Bowmore Single Malt Scotch Whisky Vintner’s Trilogy. Launching in the United States in mid-November 2017, the Vintner’s Trilogy will feature a collection of exceptional single malt Whiskies including Bowmore 18 Years Old Double Matured Manzanilla, Bowmore 26 Years Old Wine Matured and a final 27 Years Old bottling that will be released in 2018. The Trilogy has been created in Bowmore’s famed No.1 Vaults, one of the world’s oldest Scotch maturation houses, imbuing the signature Bowmore flavor with attributes of the finest ex-wine, sherry, and port casks.
The Bowmore Vintner’s Trilogy is the result of generations of distilling expertise and the unique, sea-buffeted atmosphere of the No.1 Vaults that unlocks hidden depths within each Whisky. The Whiskies in Bowmore’s Vintner’s Trilogy have been aged with manzanilla sherry, wine, bourbon and Islay malt barrels, imparting complex layers of flavors to the signature Bowmore profile to produce this range of premium, collectible Whiskies.
“The range of Bowmore expressions that come from the No. 1 Vaults is nothing short of astounding,” says Ivan Hidalgo, Beam Suntory Director – World Whiskies. “From Bowmore 12 Years Old that delivers the quintessential Bowmore distillery style to this Vintner’s Trilogy and beyond to our 50 Years Old Vault Legends Collection, there is a Bowmore for every taste and occasion.”
Bowmore Distillery Manager David Turner comments, “The Vintner’s Trilogy is a collection of three liquid gold Whiskies which have been meticulously matured over time in our No.1 Vaults. The unique, sea-buffeted atmosphere inside one of the oldest scotch maturation warehouses in the world has created three perfectly balanced Whiskies full of flavor, with each Whisky offering an individual taste journey through their time maturing in manzanilla sherry, wine, bourbon and Islay malt casks.”
The first of the Vintner’s Trilogy, Bowmore 18 Years Old is matured in both ex-bourbon barrels and ex-manzanilla sherry barrels, taking on a rich antique gold color. On the nose, notes of treacle, salted caramel, ripe blackcurrants, soft stone fruits, vanilla fudge and spiced Seville oranges sit alongside subtle hints of menthol and chamomile. These aromas develop into bitter oranges and a burst of peat smoke on the palate to create this refined Whisky. Bowmore’s 18 Years Old Double Matured Manzanilla is bottled at cask strength (52.5% ABV) and available in the U.S. at a suggested retail price of $127 (750ml).
The second in the Vintner’s Trilogy, Bowmore® 26 Years Old Wine Matured, spends the first 13 years in ex-bourbon barrels before a second maturation of 13 years in wine barriques, developing a burnt amber color. Redcurrant jam, camphor oil, and cherry pie intermingle with earthy smoke on the nose, developing into spiced oak, tropical fruits such as papaya and mango and a honeyed sweetness with the addition of water. A full-bodied Whisky, on the palate the flavors develop into oak-spiced smoke and rich dark chocolate with a long finish and a hint of salt typical of Bowmore. Bowmore’s 26 Years Old Wine Matured is bottled at cask strength (48.7% ABV) and available at a suggested retail price of $540 (750ml).
The final Whisky in the Trilogy set to be released in fall 2018, Bowmore 27 Years Old will complete the collection.
Founded in 1779, Bowmore is the oldest licensed distillery on Islay, one of the Scottish isles which make up the region known as the ‘Islands’ in the lexicon of Whisky. The other regions are the Highlands, Speyside, and the Lowlands. Islay malts are famous for their characteristic smokiness and Bowmore is no exception; the malt is carefully smoked in a peat-fired kiln, using skills handed down from generation to generation to craft a perfectly balanced Single Malt.
Bowmore adheres to traditional production methods which help to shape the character of its single malts. Today, it prides itself as one of the rare distilleries which still produces its own floor malted barley, hand-turned by a traditional wooden malt shovel and hand drew machinery. Water for the Whiskies is especially drawn from the Laggan River, with its peaty overtones, the same Islay peat that fires the malt-drying kiln.
Bowmore Distillery’s proximity to the sea is also vital in determining the final character of its spirit. The legendary Bowmore No. 1 Vaults, one of the world’s oldest Scotch maturation warehouses, is where some of the Whiskies spend their long lives resting quietly in the cool, dark, damp cellars below sea level, oblivious to the waves thrashing the vault’s sea-facing wall. They mature in oak casks, previously used for bourbon and sherry, gradually developing rich and mellow flavors. It is this combination of peat, barley, sea breeze, water, wood, people and tradition that together create the perfectly balanced warm and smoky character of Bowmore Single Malt Scotch Whiskies.