This is a Bowmore for the change in seasons, light enough for the warm times and present with enough character for when the mercury falls. The Bowmore 12 Year Old was bottled at 50% ABV. The nose shows sweet mesquite smoke, camomile, golden grains, and a light peat and iodine quality. The palate has present flavors of peat and wood smoke with candied ginger, grass and light iodine on the finish. D&M Tasting Notes
Distilled: December 2001 Bottled: July 2014 150 bottles from a refill hogshead
Islay has been an inhabited island for over 12,000 years, in large part as a windswept retreat from Ireland, 25 miles west. Spirits production began on Islay with the arrival of the MacBeatha (Beaton) family in 1300. While spirits distillation has occurred for over 700 years on the island, its form and makeup has changed substantially in that time. Around 1500, the whisky of Islay would have been made from a range of Cereal grains, sweetened with honey and flavored with herbs. A hallmark that has carried over from that time is that the original Islay whisky was also quite smoky, a trait that is still present and celebrated today.
Bowmore Distillery is situated on the shores of Loch Indaal, in the town of Bowmore. The distillery was founded in 1779 by John Simpson and was owner-operated, a marked difference from the standard of the time. Bowmore was purchased by James Mutter and his family in the early 1850s. Mutter expanded the distillery and the Bowmore name, and as the accolades increased, so did demand. The Mutter’s family kept the distillery until the 1890’s when it was sold and became the Bowmore Distillery Co. The distillery company was acquired by Stanley P. Morrison in 1963. Morrison rebuilt and renovated many of the buildings, but he did retain the malting floors- which are still in use today.
Bowmore Distillery is one of a small number of distilleries that continues to produce its own floor malted barley. The barley is still hand turned by the malt man, using the traditional wooden malt shovel. The whisky is produced using water from the Laggan River from where it gathers the flavors of the rich Islay peat, the same peat that fires the malt drying kiln. Suntory of Japan completed the purchase of the distillery in 1994, and is the owner to this day. Bowmore is the oldest continuously operating distillery on Islay.
Bowmore 12 YR Old Malt Cask Bottling Single Malt Scotch Whisky
- Brand: Bowmore
- Availability: In Stock
- Quantity Available: 2
- SKU #: 3215