"Defined, shaped and crafted by time," the first annual release of Bowmore 30-Year-Old single malt, just becoming available now, "tells a story of the past that’s savored in the present," as the legendary distillery puts it. More than 220 years of it, to be exact, as Bowmore was founded in 1799.
Priced at $2,500 USD and no doubt worth every penny, it's a "celebration of how time shapes the exceptional Bowmore character," as well as an expression of the essence of Islay, the remote Scottish island, known for its peaty, smoky Scotch, that the brand calls home.
Distilled in 1989, Bowmore 30 spent three decades in the distillery's finest Sherry hogsheads and Bourbon barrels and was matured in the legendary Bowmore No. 1 Vaults, some of the oldest whisky warehouses in the world.
It's bottled at a cask strength of 45.3% alcohol by volume, or 90.6 proof, and epitomizes Bowmore’s signature "rich fruity and subtly smoky" style, while the color is a deep, burnished gold.
It offers up aromas of heather, bananas, peaches, pineapple, vanilla, and butterscotch, while on the palate, they inform us, "tropical fruits and honey sweetness unite with subtle peat smoke and hints of eucalyptus, ensuring a warming and lingering finish."
Only two casks will be tapped each year, and each annual release will vary in character in style. This year only 2,580 bottles will be available globally, and Bowmore Distillery Manager David Turner notes they exhibit "boundless depth and intrigue reflecting the long-standing interaction of spirit and wood.”
Pour generously, sip carefully.