About Bowmore 15 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Bowmore is the first licensed distillery on the Isle of Islay and second in Scotland, which was first mentioned in records in 1779. Bowmore is a pioneering distillery, where the traditions, skills and expertise have been handed down since the earliest days of Scotch whisky. To this day, the distillery, standing on the shores of Lochindaal, still operates in traditional ways. Its handcrafted whiskies stand out for their complex balance of mild Islay smokiness, maritime minerality, with an abundance of fresh stone fruit notes. The distillery is owned by Morrison Bowmore Distillers Ltd., which is owned by the Japanese distiller Suntory through its subsidiary Beam Suntory.
Bowmore takes pride in investing more time than necessary at every stage of its process. It is one of the few distilleries to still be using its own Malt Barn, where locally sourced barley is malted using soft fresh water from the nearby River Laggan to break the starch down into fermentable sugars. The barley is then dried in the kiln, where peat is added to the furnaces for the first 18 hours, giving the single malt the subtle smokiness, characteristic of the Isle of Islay whiskies. Dried barley is then milled into grist, which is added to hot water in the mash tun to create wort. Once the wort is sieved, it is put into Oregon Pine Washbacks and yeast is added to start fermentation and make wash. The wash is first fermented in a copper wash still, creating low wine, which has an ABV of around 22%. This liquid is then distilled in the smaller spirit still, where only the heart of the run is collected with an ABV of 69%, and put in carefully selected casks to slowly mature in the distillery’s No.1 Vaults. While legally, new make spirit only becomes whisky after it has been matured for three years, Bowmore matures its whiskies for a minimum of nine years, allowing them to develop the distinctive complexity. Since single malt Scotch whisky is too delicate to mature in new oak casks, the distillery uses a variety of used casks, carefully sourced from across the world.
Bowmore 15 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky is the finest example of a sherry cask finish. This expression is first matured in bourbon barrels for 12 years, and then put in Oloroso casks for three additional years, giving Bowmore 15 Year Old the rich, deep color and robust warming finish.
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Situated along the shores of Long Indaal, Bowmore Distillery was founded in 1779 by John Simpson. The distillery is the oldest distillery on the island of Islay and the second oldest in Scotland. Its unique location — Long Indaal suffers from steady gusts of wind and strong eddies that make its waters especially hazardous — plays an integral part in defining the lush, rich character of the Single Malt Whisky it produces.
Bowmore’s Single Malt Whiskies are made from barley that has been expertly cultivated in the rolling hills of Scotland. Once the barley has been harvested, it is malted and peated at the distillery — Bowmore remains one of the few Scottish distilleries that continues to hand-turn, malt, and peat its own barley. Unlike some other distilleries on Islay, however, the drying process is much shorter at Bowmore — only 15 hours — and utilizes only half as much peat, resulting in a Whisky with a robust yet still mild smoky flavor.
Scotch is the most popular whisky in the world and is considered the king of them all! There are five whisky regions in Scotland (six if you count the not officially recognized Islands), and each of them produces spirits with unique properties and distinct tasting notes. (The type of grain used determents the type of the scotch.)
Malt whisky is made of malted barley, and grain whisky uses other grains like corn or wheat. Most of the time, a whisky is blended from different distilleries hence the name blended scotch, but if a malt whisky is produced in a single distillery, we get something extraordinary called a single malt.
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