About Bowmore Dorus Mor Small Batch Release #1 Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Founded in 1779 by John Simpson, Bowmore Distillery has stood on the shores of Loch Indaal for over two centuries. The sea loch slopes steeply as it opens into the Atlantic Ocean, steadily falling from a depth of barely 10 meters to more than 40 meters. As a result of this slope, along with the its unique geography, the loch suffers from tidal streams, eddies and heavy overfalls, making its waters especially hazardous.
Bowmore Dorus Mor 10 Year Old Small Batch Single Malt Scotch Whisky Release No. 1 pays tribute to Bowmore Distillery's location and the loch's treacherous waters (Dorus Mor means "rough, wild water"in ancient Gaelic). Dorus Mor was developed by Rachel Barrie, the first female master blender in the world of Scotch whisky (Barrie had previously helped Ardbeg create some of their most popular offerings). "An enigmatic taste adventure,"Barrie says of the whisky, Bowmore Dorus Mor is made from barley sourced from Scotland and Islay. Once the barley has been harvested, it is malted at Bowmore's own malthouse (only a handful of distilleries in Scotland continue to malt their own barley) before being dried over a peat flame. 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 more robust yet still mild, smoky flavor. Once the barley has been malted and peated, it is fermented and then twice distilled through Bowmore's copper pot stills.
After the whisky has been distilled, it is aged for ten years in first-fill bourbon casks. The casks are laid to rest in Bowmore Vault No. 1, a dark and damp cellar situated below sea level. As a result, the whisky encapsulates the rugged, stormy sea qualities of Bowmore Distillery — it has robust notes of earthy smoke and salty tang, which are followed by more tame hints of citrus, lemon and oranges. In addition, touches of milk chocolate and almond lead a to a slightly fruity yet still smoky finish.
"Dorus Mor has effervescent waves of citrus and ocean spice, tempered by warm ripples of smooth vanilla and wispy smoke," says Barrie. "It's like being out on a boat in the ocean waves, with bracing sea air, ocean spices and salty drizzle sharpening the senses and clearing the mind. As you get closer to shore, the bright sun breaks through the clouds bringing a satisfying warmth, rewarding you with sun-drenched fruit and vanilla sweetness."
Following maturation, the whisky is brought to proof with water drawn from the Laggan River. The water, which travels through a number of peat bogs before reaching the distillery, has subtle peaty undertones, which add additional notes of smoke to the whisky. Only 2,400 bottles of this limited edition, small batch whisky were released into the United States.
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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.)
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