Bowmore 40-Year Old and 1981 Vintage Released
Scottish Islay distillery Bowmore has launched two outstanding limited edition whisky expressions - Bowmore 40 Years Old and the Bowmore 1981.
Bowmore distillery is located on the western Scottish Island of Islay. It was founded in 1779 by John Simpson, making it the oldest of the eight distilleries on the island and one of the oldest in Scotland.
The new 1981 has been bottled at 49.6% ABV and will retail at approximately £270 each. There are only 402 bottles and it has been maturing in ex-bourbon casks for 29 years. The color of the Bowmore 1981 is light for its age, with a golden color bordering on yellow. Strong vanilla, honey and floral notes here, with a hint of the iodine common among Islay malts.
For the 40-year old, which sells for £6500, each bottle (there are just 53) is individual and made of hand blown crystal glass adorned with images of rocks from Islay and sitting on a thick plinth of Islay slate. The whisky has been aged in a single carefully selected ex-bourbon cask and has been bottled at 44.8% ABV. The color of the 40 is dark amber, and the dominant taste notes are butterscotch, raisins, dates and prunes and a trace of banana. There is hint of peat.