Bowmore 23 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky (A.D. Rattray Bottling)
Only 240 bottles of this single malt whisky, which was aged for over 23 years and bottled at cask strength, have ever been produced.
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 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 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 23 Year Old Cask Strength Single Malt Scotch Whisky (A.D. Rattray Bottling) was distilled on February 18, 1989 and aged in a used sherry hogshead cask (Cask No. 1100) for over 8,000 days. On April 27, 2012 — over 23 years after it was initially distilled — the whisky was bottled at cask strength. Bowmore 23 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky has a slightly peaty aroma, with touches of honey and fruit. The notes of ripe fruits, particularly apricots and red plums, carry forward to the palate, and are well-balanced by notes of honeyed oak and a distinct, oily texture. The finish is smooth and stubborn, with notes of salty tang and a hint of spice. The distinctive character and flavor profile of Bowmore 23 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. Only 240 bottles of this whisky were ever produced. Pick up one of these rare treasures today!
|Proof||106.2 (53.1% ABV)|
|Distiller/Bottler Name||Bowmore Distillery|
Slightly peaty aroma, with touches of honey and fruit. Notes of ripe fruits, particularly apricots and red plums, carry forward to the palate, and are well-balanced by notes of honeyed oak and a distinct, oily texture. Finish is smooth and stubborn, with notes of salty tang and a hint of spice.
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