About Bowmore 35 Year Old Rare Reserve Single Malt Scotch Whisky (Signatory Bottling)
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, making its waters especially hazardous — plays an integral part in defining the lush, rich character of the single malt whisky it produces.
Bowmore Single Malt Scotch Whisky is 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 more robust yet still mild, smoky flavor.
After the barley has been malted and peated, it is mashed and fermented with pure water drawn from Laggan River. The water has spent two millennia percolating in the ancient rock formations and peatbogs of Islay, giving Bowmore Whiskey its distinctive, chewy body and subtle mouthfeel. Then, the fermented barley is twice distilled through Bowmore's copper-pot stills before being left to mature in the distillery's seaside, underground maturation vaults.
Bowmore 1970 35 Year Old Cask Strength Rare Reserve Single Malt Scotch Whisky (Signatory Bottling) was distilled on September 24, 1970 and aged in a used sherry butt (Cask No. 4692) for nearly 13,000 days. On February 21, 2006 — over 35 years after its initial distillation — the whisky was bottled at cask strength.
Bowmore 35 Year Old Single Malt has an aroma of smoke and spices, that is complemented by touches of cinnamon, nutmeg and stone fruits. The initial notes of rich, lush chocolate, woody spices, and pepper are balanced by notes of apricots and dark cherries, and lead to a long, slightly spicy finish. The distinctive character and flavor profile of Bowmore 35 Year Old Single Malt is the result of a stubborn adherence to time-honored tradition, embedded in the distillery and in the island of Islay.
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