Bowmore

Posted 16 August 2017

Bowmore’s Number 1 Vaults are fairly legendary and the company likes to us remind of this. Regularly. The distillery’s new Vault Edition series is a four-part exploration of characteristics which define Bowmore as a whisky. The first release ‘Atlantic Sea Salt’ in no surprise to anyone is designed to focus on the ‘sea salt tang of Bowmore’. Whilst technically a limited release, bottles are still widely available in many outlets, so the number of bottles produced was probably well into the tens of thousands.


Posted 08 June 2018

Elements of Islay was launched in 2008 as a showcase for single malts from the Hebridean island – 78 releases later, the periodic table inspired bottlings now include a blended malt (that can be customised with Whisky Exchange’s Personalise your Peat service) The series avoids the inclusion of age statements - each bottling is a batch produced vatting from a selection of different casks (between 5 and 20 it says on their brand page) and therefore a unique creation designed to highlight the character of the distillery of origin.


Posted 05 April 2018

Teenage Bowmore distilled back in 2004 and matured in a 2nd fill ex-bourbon barrel. Peated profile.


Posted 16 August 2017

Bowmore Mariner was a travel retail release and combines both ex-bourbon casks and sherry butts. It’s 15 years of age, bottled at 43% and you get a whole litre of it to play with. The marketing text spends some time playing up the sea-based aspects of Bowmore – and well, with a name like Mariner, this is to be expected. So let’s take a look just how salty and maritime this Bowmore really is.


Posted 09 November 2017

Over to Islay for a Bowmore. This one was distilled on 25th September 1998 and spent 18 years slumbering in a refill ex-Bourbon barrel. One of 108 bottles. Lightly Peated flavour profile.


Posted 26 March 2018

Manzanilla sherry is very similar to fino in that they are made the same way. Both are ‘flor’ sherries, where a thin layer of yeast (Saccharomyces – an abundant airborne yeast strain) forms on top of the sherry wine in the ‘head room’ of the barrel. The flor layer encases the liquid protecting it from oxidisation. Fino and manzanilla are both biologically aged under this layer of flor, whereas oxidative sherries (such as amontillado, oloroso and PX) may spend some, or even none of their time protected by flor. The manzanilla variety is made around the port of Sanlucar de Barrameda in Cadiz, Spain.


Posted 11 January 2018

I really should review more Bowmore on The Dramble. I’m firmly of the view that it’s a distillery who’s original bottlings are simply not as good as they used to be. Now, sure, 15 year old Darkest is a lovely drop, but two recent additions to the range have failed to changed my overall view on the distillery - The Vaults Edition left me rather cold, and the less said about the new NAS No.1, the better. However, in amongst some anaemic NAS, there are positive signs coming from Islay’s oldest distillery - A recent move back to age-statements for the distillery’s entire travel retail range should be applauded. Likewise, Bowmore’s recent ‘Vintner’s Trilogy’ all proudly stated their ages – and possess very healthy ABV’s too.


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