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Rare Bowmore Bottlings

         


        1963 30th Anniversary               43 Years Old 1 of 1 (2018)        
      Auld Alliance Celebration             51 Years Old 1 of 1 (2021)      
      1970 Distillation 30 Y.O.             Maltmen's Selection 13yo      
      1973 Distillation (2001)             Mashmen's Selection 14yo      
      Celebration Edition 1996             Stillmen's Selection 17yo      
      Celebration Luncheon             Warehousemen's Sel. 17yo      
      Mizunara Cask Finish             1992 CHAS Bottled 2002      
      Keizo Saji's Cask 21 Y.O.             Beach Rugby Bottlings      
      25 Years Award bottle             Fly Fishing Bottlings      
      40 Years Award bottle             Horse Trials Bottlings      


30th Anniversary - Distilled in 1963 - 50.0%

             
       
             
    1963 Distillation

600 bottles released in 1993

In commemoration of ownership, the Distillery bottled the remaining casks from the 1963 production. Complex yet mellow, this is a superb example of an Islay whisky.

Distilled in 1963, bottled in 1993 with a limited quantities of 600 bottles. Matured in specially selected oak casks and warehoused in the distillery vaults.

70 cl & 750 ml version (USA)

             
   

             
       

Bowmore ISLAY LEGEND

    Bowmore 70 cl 50%    

Bowmore 750 ml 50%

             
             

Auld Alliance - Celebration Edition

       
    Auld Alliance
Celebration Edition
25 Years Old

75 bottles released in 1995

This bottle is one of a Limited Edition of Seventy Five to commemorate the Auld Alliance Reception held at Chateau Lagrange on the 20th day of June 1995.

       

   
       
   
       
   
       
   
       
       

1970 Distillation - Aged Thirty Years - 43.0%

       
    1970 Distillation
Aged Thirty Years

Bottled to commemorate the Thirtieth Anniversary of the Suntory London Office

Very few bottles released in 2001

The rear label lists the SUNTORY OFFICE
GENERAL MANAGERS 1970 - 2000

       
   
       

   
       
   

The rear label lists the SUNTORY OFFICE
GENERAL MANAGERS 1970 - 2000

1970-1975 Masao Yuri
1975-1977 Kazuaki Tsuda
1977-1981 Hiroshi Sakuda
1981-1984 Reji Morioka
1988-1991 Shuntaro Hirota
1992-1997 Hitofumi Ohiwa
1997-         Seuchi Nagata

In 1990 the Bowmore Distilled in 1970 (below) has been specially bottled to commemorate the 20th Anniversary of the opening of Suntory's Office, London, June 1970.

The rear label lists the SUNTORY OFFICE
GENERAL MANAGERS 1970 - 1988

1970-1975 Masao Yuri
1975-1977 Kazuaki Tsuda
1977-1981 Hiroshi Sakuda
1981-1984 Reji Morioka
1988-         Shuntaro Hirota

       
   
       
       
       
   
       
    1973 Distillation

very few bottles released in 2001

An exclusive bottling to acknowledge the 50th Anniversary of the original company Stanley P Morrison Limited.
Presented to guests at a diner to celebrate the occassion at Blair Castle on Saturday 25th August 2001. Distilled in 1973. Matured in specially selected oak casks and warehoused in the distillery vaults.

       
       

 Celebration Edition - 21 Years Old - 43.0%

       

   

       
    Celebration Edition
21 Years Old
presented to Councillor Pat Lally JP
The Rt. Hon Lord Provost

to commemorate the presentation of Morrison Bowmore Distillers Limited Queen's Award for export achievement on 13th December 1996

very few bottles released

       
       

Celebration Luncheon - 21 Years Old - 43.0%

       

   

       
   

Celebration Luncheon
21 Years Old
presented to D Carmichael

to commemorate Bowmore Distillery, Islay, Scotland being awarded ISO 9002

very few bottles released on 26th February 1996

       
       
       
       
   
       
    Mizunara Cask Finish
"East Meets West"

2000 bottles released in 2015

700 ml & 750 ml version

Combining the best of the East and the West, Bowmore Mizunara Cask Finish is an intriguing marriage of Scottish Strength and passion with Japanese elegance and refinement.

A rare masterpiece, merging the skills of two great whisky distilling nations.

     
       
   

East Meets West

Mizunara oak casks embarked on the 6,000 mile journey from Japan to Islay.

Cultures and languages differ but master craftsmanship is admired the whole world over. Combining the best of the east and the west in a first for scotch malt whisky, Bowmore Mizunara cask finish is an intriguing marriage of Scottish strength and passion with Japanese elegance and refinement.

Here, in a first for scotch malt whisky, these legendary Mizunara casks became home to Bowmore’s celebrated single malt, resting peacefully in the infamous No.1 Vaults. A remarkable creation has emerged which is a rare masterpiece indeed, merging the skills of the great whisky distilling nations.

     
   
     
   
       

       

Tasting notes

On the eye: warm amber
Breathe in:
 spicy, mellow sweetness carried on a fresh ocean breeze.
Sip
: sweet vanilla, cedar wood, exotic mango and honey rose blossom.
Savour:
floral spice and fragrant smoke.

       

Keizo Saji's Cask - 21 Years Old - 55.5%

       
   

1991 Distillation
21 Years Old

400+ bottles released in 2012

In the summer of 1991 the president of Suntory, Mr. Keizo Saji visited Bowmore distillery. After mixing drying malt in a kiln and touring the still house, what was waiting for him in the warehouse was one sherry cask. His tour guide, Mr. Brian Morrison, handed Mr. Saji a bung to close the full new cask, and a wooden hammer.

The cask Mr. Saji filled himself was put into storage near the sea. Unexpectedly, the cask was placed right next to the malt cask donated by Bowmore to Her Majesty the Queen.

Subsequently, in 1994, Suntory became the owner of Morrison Bowmore.

       
   
       
   

After the death of Mr. Saji his son visited Bowmore distillery and donated his father's cask to the employees of Morrison Bowmore.  

The single sherry cask was distilled in 1991 and bottled in 2012, this 21 year old Bowmore was only given to employees of Morrison Bowmore and not for general sale.

   
       
       
 
Bowmore 25 Year Old. Presented for 25 years dedicated service to Morrison Bowmore Distillers. In wooden presentation box.
 
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The staf members name has been removed for privacy reasons)
 

This is an extremely rare and limited 25 y.o. Bowmore drawn from a sherry cask. Created for members of staff to mark their twenty five years of dedicated service to Morrison Bowmore Distillers. These are only produced in small batches depending on how many workers are due to have served 25 years. 

 
Bowmore 25 Year Old. Presented for 25 years dedicated service to Morrison Bowmore Distillers. In wooden presentation box.
    
 
     
This is an extremely rare and very limited 25 y.o. Bowmore presented to Bowmore's Distillery manager David Turner for twenty five years dedicated service to Bowmore.
    
(The use of these pictures with permission of my friend David Turner)
 
 
Bowmore 25 Year Old. Presented for 40 years dedicated service to Morrison Bowmore Distillers. In wooden presentation box.
   
(The staf members name has been removed for privacy reasons)
 
     
 

This is an extremely rare and limited 25 y.o. Bowmore drawn from a sherry cask. Created for members of staff to mark their fourty years of dedicated service to Morrison Bowmore Distillers. These are only produced in small batches depending on how many workers are due to have served 40 years.

 
 

43 Years Old - Bottled 2018 - 43.2%

       
       
   

43 Years Old
Bottle no. 1 of 1

A special bottle of Bowmore 43 Year Old, bottled to celebrate the 10th anniversary of The Whisky Exchange Whisky Show in 2018.

With just a single bottle in existence, Bowmore 43 Year Old is one of the most exceptionally rare whiskies to ever come to auction.

       
    We're delighted to feature in the 10th anniversary charity auction, raising much-needed funds for Plastic Oceans, a charity dedicated to changing the world's attitude towards plastic.
       

   
       
       

Vintage 1970 - 51 Years Old - 48.0%

       
   

Onyx
Aged 51 Years
The Distillers One of One

Bottle no. 1 of 1
Distilled 17th February 1970
1.4 litres + 10 cl miniature

A special bottle of Bowmore 51 Years Old, matured in American oak refill barrel.

With just a single bottle in existence, Bowmore Onyx 51 Year Old is one of the most exceptionally rare whiskies to ever come to auction at Sotheby's (December 3rd, 2021).

       
    “For the first time, we are releasing a 51-Year-Old Bowmore, making this one off extremely rare and precious. To make this happen, we’ve taken a single portion of stock taken from a cask that has been carefully watched over by the distillery team and nurtured in the legendary No.1 Vaults.

Bowmore Onyx more than a name it symbolises the precious whisky inside this beautifully crafted bottle and the process of time which has shaped its contents. There is no doubt this one of a kind will be hugely desired by those who love our incredible single malt.”

David Turner, Bowmore distillery manager

       
   
       
This exceptionally rare and unique 51-Year-Old single malt is the encapsulation of time, with over half a century of craftsmanship, quality and character embedded in its creation and story. Presented in a striking, hand blown black glass vessel which takes its inspiration from the incredible terroir of Bowmore’s island home, this is a once in a lifetime release from Islay’s oldest distillery. In an American Oak refill barrel, which was filled on 17th February 1970, this rare masterpiece is the first 51 Year Old every released by the distillery.

Nurtured in the legendary Bowmore No. 1 Vaults, this whisky has spent its long life resting quietly in the cool, dark, damp cellars below sea level, oblivious to the waves thrashing the vault's sea-facing wall, slowly evolving its distinctive character.
This single malt is very much defined and shaped by over 50 years in oak, however the influence of Islay remains a constant. Burnished gold in colour, the exquisite fresh and fruity aromas thrill the nose with the sweetness of stewed white flesh peaches balanced with the punchy notes of menthol and eucalyptus. Then signature peat smoke sneaks in alongside woody notes of polished cedarwood and burnt caramel.

Tasting notes

The tantalising taste of sweet orchard fruit and spices excite the palate as tobacco, earthy walnuts and pecan nuts lead to a mouth warming, long lasting finish. The creation of the one-off glass structure celebrates Islay, but more than that, it is itself a masterpiece in glass design. Handblown using highly skilled and creative techniques results in a piece of glass art which almost appears chiseled from the very rock formations of Islay.

       
   
       
       

Maltmen's Selection - 13 Years Old - 54.6%

       
   

Craftmen's Collection
Maltmen's Selection

1995 Distillation
13 Years Old
Sherry Butt

Cask Nos. 1551, 1552, 1553, 1559 & 1560 Distilled 13th July 1995
3000
bottles released in 2009
Limited release 700 ml

       
   

Bowmore's Maltmen hand selected five casks from the distillery vaults to produce this limited edition ‘Maltmen's Selection”.

They picked five sherry butts originally filled on July 13, 1995. Cask numbers 1551, 1552, 1553, 1559 & 1560 were selected for their individual character and married together to produce this 13 year old single malt.

Bottled straight from the casks at the natural cask strength of 54.6%. Each bottle has been individually numbered and signed.

       
   
   
       
    This unique expression of Bowmore has been carefully selected by the maltmen of Bowmore Distillery. Since 1779 the distillery craftsmen have continued in the age old tradition of floor malting the barley by hand. The barley is carefully germinated in the distillery malt barns then slowly dried in the distillery's peat fired kiln.
       
       

Mashmen's Selection - 14 Years Old - 55.7%

       
   

Craftmen's Collection
Mashmen's Selection

1999 Distillation
14 Years Old
American Oak Bourbon Barrel

Distilled 3rd May 1999
1500
bottles released in 2013
Limited Release 700 ml

       
   
       
   
   
       
   

Bowmore Mashman's Selection 1999
14 Years Old

Originally only available at Bowmore distillery the Mashman's selection has been released as part of the Craftmen's Collection and is limited to only 1500 bottles.

Distilled on 3rd May 1999 and matured in five hand-selected American oak bourbon barrels.

       
       

Stillmen's Selection - 17 Years Old - 53.1%

       
   

Craftmen's Collection
Stillmen's Selection

1998 Distillation
17 Years Old
Bordeaux Wine Barriques

Distilled 22nd June 1998
1500
bottles released in 2015
Distillery exclusive bottling
Limited release 700 ml

       
   
       
   
   
       
   

Bowmore 1998 Stillmen's Selection 17 Years Old

Distilled on 22nd June 1998 and matured for 17 years in Bordeaux wine barriques. 

A distillery exclusive limited release of 1500 bottles, this is the follow up to the Bowmore Mashmen's Selection.

       
       

Warehousemen's Selection - 17 Years Old - 51.3%

       
   

Craftmen's Collection
Warehousemen's Selection

1999 Distillation
17 Years Old
Bourbon, Sherry & Wine casks

Distilled 14 June 1999
3000
bottles released in 2017
Distillery exclusive bottling
Limited release 700 ml

       

   
       
   
       
   
   
       
     

Bowmore 1999 Warehousemen's Selection 17 Years Old

Distilled on 14th June 1999 and matured for 17 years in Bourbon, Sherry and Wine casks.

A distillery exclusive limited release of 3000 bottles, this is the follow up to the Bowmore Stillmen's Selection.

       
       

1992 CHAS 2002 Tenth Anniversary Bottling

 

   

 

   

       
   

Special 2002 Edition
for
CHAS
Children's Hospital

Limited Edition of 10 bottles

       
    50 ml miniature
limited to 1000
       
       
       
 

 

Beach Rugby Tournament 2004 No.1 of 1

   

Beach Rugby Tournament 2004

     

 

    Beach Rugby
Tournament
Commemorative Bottlings

2004 bottling No.1 of 1
(sold for charity)

2004 and 2005
Limited Edition bottlings

     
   
     

 

 

 

Beach Rugby Tournament 2004

   

Beach Rugby Tournament 2005

       
       

       
 

 

European Fly Fishing Championships 2003

   

Fly Fishing Bowmore 12 Years Old (2009)

       
   

European Fly Fishing
Championship
2003 & 2009

Commemorative Bottlings

Limited Edition bottlings

       
 

 

Fly Fishing 2003 logo

   

Fly Fishing 2009 logo

       

   

Fly Fishing Bowmore 12 Years Old (2009)
       
       
       

 

         

 

 

Horse Trials 1996

  Horse Trials 1997  

Horse Trials 1998

         
   

Horse Trials 1999

  Horse Trials 2000  

Horse Trials 2001

         
   

Horse Trials 2003

  Horse Trials 2004  

Horse Trials 2005

         
   
         
Blair Castle
International
Horse Trials

Commemorative Bottlings

Limited Edition bottlings
released in the years
1996 to 2005

   
        Horse Trials 1996
         
   

Horse Trials 1997

  Horse Trials 1998  

Horse Trials 1999

         
   

Horse Trials 2000

  Horse Trials 2001  

Horse Trials 2002

         
   

Horse Trials 2003

  Horse Trials 2004  

Horse Trials 2005

         

     

  Updated 25-12-2021

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