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        1955 Vintage 40 Years Old               1965 Vintage 42 Years Old        
      1957 Vintage 38 Years Old             1967 Vintage 40 Years Old      
      1957 Vintage 54 Years Old             1969 Vintage 40 Years Old      
      1961 Vintage 50 Years Old             1972 Vintage 34 Years Old      
      1964 Vintage 35 Years Old             1973 Vintage 43 Years Old      
      1964 Vintage 46 Years Old             1980 Vintage (Bottl. 2004)      

  

1955 Vintage - 40 Years Old - 42.0%

     

  1955 Distillation
40 Years Old

306 bottles released in 1995

12 bottles stayed at
the distillery for tasting

       

   

The crafting of the spirit

It was an unremarkable clear and sunny morning on the 22nd of November 1955, when this spirit was poured into its oak cask. The Gulf stream that warms the sea off Islay took the edge off the brisk breeze that blew from the West over the Atlantic swell. These same waters of Loch Indaal still pound the walls of Bowmore Distillery on the Hebridean Island of Islay, and seep through to the maturation vaults deep below, imparting the unique character to its Malt Whisky.

For four decades this remarkable whisky has lain in the same silent dark vaults and for twenty years the whisky breathed deep through its bourbon hogshead oak cask and matured becoming rich in colour and warm and subtle in flavour. Then, after transfer to a carefully selected sherry butt, it was once again laid to rest in the same vaults for a further two decades under the care of the men of Bowmore Distillery. Seven distillery managers carefully monitored its maturation and followed its progress to its ultimate bottling at cask strength.

This unique Bowmore, 40 Years Old, 1955 Vintage, Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky is a celebration of the skills of the Master Craftsman. The whisky is finally presented in a manner which reflects similar care and attention to detail and, once again, continues to honour the art and the tradition of such skills. This hand crafted glass decanter has been individually blown, hand cut and engraved by the artists of Caithness Glass, Scotland. Each decanter is individually numbered and has been created to reflect images of the traditional Bowmore bottle. The individual oak presentation case has been hand made by the Master Cabinet Makers of Charles Kirkby & Sons, Sheffield, England. Their world renowned skills have ensured that this extremely rare whisky has a final resting place worthy of such a unique pedigree.

 

       
Only 306 limited edition decanters were produced, 12 of these were kept at the Bowmore distillery, and were used for tasting.

Tasting notes

Its colour is bronze with warm gold highlights. Its body is velvety soft and smooth and amazingly light for such a mature whisky. The nose is wave after wave of soft fruit with lighter unhurried oak and peat notes adding to the complexity. On the palate it is astonishingly fruity, due to the double wood maturation. However its true Hebridean characteristics become more evident towards the finish. A finish which is delayed, initially very gentle and then it happensand all the warmth of Islay comes alive.

   

   

The spirit of craftmanship

     
   

     

Tasting cabinet at the distillery

       
       

1957 Vintage - 38 Years Old - 40.1%

       
   
       
   

1957 Distillation
38 Years Old

861 bottles released in 1996

It was on a mid-winter’s day, 14 January 1957, when this bottle of Bowmore began its special journey to maturation. New distilled spirit was poured into oak casks, much the same as any other day at Bowmore Distillery. However, the spirit within casks numbered 216-220 was to become special.

Bowmore’s Distillery Manager nurtured and monitored this spirit through the years, as with all casks of Bowmore, waiting for the day when he knew the whisky was at its prime. Over time, the spirit rested quietly in the No.1 Vaults of Bowmore Distillery, breathing in the fresh sea air and developing its unique Bowmore personality.

Ten, twenty, thirty years passed by and still the spirit in those five casks wished to slumber. Its brothers had long since matured. The Distillery Manager knew that something unique was developing in the casks and kept a careful vigil over them. However, in its thirty eighth year, the spirit was found sitting just above the critical 40% alcoholic volume strength for ScotchWhisky and so he moved with haste to have the whisky bottled. If he had waited a moment longer, the whisky would have become extinct, and a piece of history wiped out forever.

The precious spirit was soon bottled and placed in this handmade oak presentation case, carefully crafted by the Master Cabinet Makers of Charles Kirkby & Sons, Sheffield, England.

This unique autumnal coloured Bowmore should be given time in the glass to open up, time for the Bowmore character to release itself. To preserve every last drop of character in this fine whisky, we decided not to chill filter it. Should water be added, it may alter in appearance, acquiring a natural soft haze.

As one of only 861 bottles ever produced, this bottle of Bowmore 1957, aged Thirty Eight Years, is a true gem in the Bowmore family.

Tasting notes

The colour of autumn leaves, this full bodied malt whisky which had gained great character from its 'Big Sleep' on Islay. Forest wood and sweet fruits are suggested on nosing, with just a trace of peat. Its Islay character is more evident on the palate as is the sea salt, which clings to the lips. Layers of caramel, soft fruit and dried apples are there. Give this exquisite malt whisky time to open up and enjoy the gentle, elegant finish that seemingly goes on forever - an incredible Islay experience.

     
   
     
   
     
   
       
       

1957 Vintage - 54 Years Old - 42.1%

       
       
   
   

 

 

1957 Distillation
54 Years Old

12 bottles released in 2012

The oldest Bowmore ever and the oldest Islay Single Malt ever released to the public!

In October 2012 we released our oldest ever expression, the exceptionally rare Bowmore 1957, 54 Years Old. Not only is this the oldest whisky we have ever released, it is also the oldest Islay Single Malt ever released. Distilled in 1957 and bottled in 2011, this 54-year-old marvel has been lying in wait in the finest oak for more than half a century in our legendary No.1 Vaults, the oldest maturation warehouse in all of Scotland. With only 12 bottles in existence in the world, Bowmore 1957 is the oldest and rarest ever Bowmore, ensuring that this will become one of the most sought-after bottlings of one of the world’s most collectible Single Malt Scotch Whiskies.

Many generations have been the custodians of Bowmore 1957’s long journey from cask to bottle. Beginning in 1779 when Bowmore was established through to the present day, our distillery team has served as guardians of Bowmore’s whisky-making traditions and its inventory, safeguarding them so that future generations can continue to experience the unique spirit that is Bowmore. Bowmore 1957 was as much nurtured by the people as it was by its cask and the ancient distillery walls.

A collection of 1957 casks were bottled in 1995 but one in particular was held back because it was a bit more special, a bit more exceptional than the rest.  Since 1995, the whisky in that cask has been examined every six months to check the quality, the taste, the developments and changes the spirit was taking on its aging voyage. It was also closely watched to see how long the whisky could mature without losing Bowmore’s signature trait of a sweet/smoky balance.


 


       

       
   

Cask Maturation And Tasting Notes

This 54-year-old Bowmore 1957 is a symphony of aromas and flavours never before experienced. After distillation in 1957, the new spirit was placed into a second fill sherry cask (where it spent 43 years) and then in 2000 was moved into a second fill bourbon cask. At first breath, an elixir of blueberries and wild figs with mellow almonds, tropical fruit and rich oaky overtones hits the nose. The palate reveals layer upon layer of sweet and refined ocean tastes with soft blueberries, cassis and figs, sea salt and fresh eucalyptus. Next, a wisp of teasing smoke and traces of dark chocolate fuse with notes of grapefruit and juicy oak, carried along by a warming marine breeze. This sensory journey ends with a long and whispering finish of cassis, bergamot and star anise. Simply magical!

       
           
                 
           
       
       
       
       

1961 Vintage - 50 Years Old - 40.7%

       
   
       
   

1961 Distillation
50 Years Old
1st release (2013)

200 bottles released: 50 per year will become available each year between 2013 and 2016.

Bowmore, Islay’s first Single Malt Scotch Whisky, is launching its 2013 expression – the Bowmore 50 Year Old - as part of an exquisite and extremely limited range which has included other releases such as the 1957 and ‘Eclipse’.

The Bowmore 50 year old (1961) is a work of true craftsmanship utilising the finest Scottish materials. The collector, for the sum of £16,000, will acquire a bottle which has been hand-blown by renowned glass sculpting studio Glasstorm, while the neck collars and cork tops of the bottles have been beautifully made by Fattorini Silversmiths. To complete the piece, the bottle will be housed within handmade cabinets which have been crafted in Scottish Elmwood by master carpenter Peter Toaig.

Crafted To Perfection

Distilled one very cold day in December 1961 and laid down in two ex-bourbon hogshead casks, our Bowmore 50 Years Old has spent half a century maturing in Bowmore’s legendary No. 1 Vaults. Today, just 200 bottles of this truly exceptional single malt remain – 50 of which will be released each year between 2013 and 2016. Bowmore 1961 is a celebration of not just one mastercraft but many, starting with the time-honoured skills of our small distillery team that cold winter’s day on Islay.

     
   
       
       
   

1961 Distillation
50 Years Old
2nd release (2014)

Eddie MacAffer, Bowmore’s Master Distiller, said: "The second release of this 50 year old Bowmore reminds us of yet another wonderful example of the older whiskies that the Distillery has matured in our No. 1 Vaults warehouse, right on the shores of Loch Indaal. This rare whisky was slowly and expertly distilled using the old coal-fired stills used in Bowmore at that time and was then filled into ex-bourbon hogshead casks and carefully stored away in the No 1 Vaults. Those that get to taste the results of all that dedication and care, applied since 1961, should feel extremely privileged."

       
   

Tasting Notes

On the eye warm honey gold. Breathe in sweet almond frangipane in coconut milk, the fruitiness of apricots and crystallised orange, together with hints of black truffles and tea tree oil. Sip bursts of ripe fruit – figs, fleshy papaya, pomegranate and pineapple – intermingled with black truffles and gentle smoke. Savour the evolving finish of almond cake and caramelised pears interwoven with subtle peat oils.

       
    1961 Distillation
50 Years Old
3rd release (2015)

200 bottles released: 50 per year will become available each year between 2013 and 2016.

An exceptional release from Bowmore – distilled in December 1961, this whisky was aged for 50 years in a pair of ex-bourbon hogsheads.

The bottle is hand-blown by Glasstorm, the burr elm display cabinet handcrafted by Peter Toaig and the silver neck stopper and collar fashioned by Thomas Fattorini. An incredible Islay malt.

       
    1961 Distillation
50 Years Old
4th release (2016)

To mark Master Distiller Eddie Macaffer's 50th year at Bowmore, for a limited time only you can now purchase Bowmore 50 Year Old 1961 at the distillery visitor centre. Crafted by a team of passionate distillers, when you purchase a bottle of 50 Year Old we will take you on a VIP Craftman's Tour where you can experience the indescribable atmosphere of the legendary No.1 Vaults. Eddie will share some of his favourite stories of the men that crafted this very whisky and taught him the secret to creating Bowmore's signature balance.

To complete this journey of discovery, Eddie and Distillery Manager David Turner will gift a signed bottle of 15 year old Bowmore Darkest.

       
    Crafted to perfection, the final 50 bottles
of our treasured Bowmore 50 Year Old
were released in 2016
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750 ml 40% alc.vol.

 

 

       
   
       

 

1964 Vintage - 35 Years Old - 42.1%

       

 

   

1964 Distillation
35 Years Old

99 bottles released in 1999
with sample 5cl miniature

The incredible story

Introducing the magnificent Bowmore 1964... one of the rarest and finest Single Malt Scotch Whiskies ever to be released onto the U.K. market. It's a 35 year old of ethereal quality from a single exceptional cask.

A mere 99 bottles were produced, 4 have been retained as Bowmore museum stock and the remaining 95 were only available through Oddbins. Each bottle has been individually numbered and signed by Distillery Manager, Islay Campbell, and was accompanied by a 5cl sample miniature.

Give this exquisite malt whisky time to open up and enjoy the gentle, elegant finish that seemingly goes on forever - an incredible Islay experience.


       
   
       
       

1964 Vintage - 46 Years Old - 42.9%

       
   
       
    1964 Distillation
46 Years Old
Fino cask

72 bottles released in 2011

This Bowmore 1964 encapsulates the fresh, crisp and cooling coastal atmosphere of Islay. Aged for nearly half a century, the whisky's home was a specially selected North American bourbon cask followed by a Fino Sherry cask, during which the characteristics of the whisky have evolved and refined to create a teasingly complex and elegant balance, enhancing the top note of fresh fruits and gentle sea-salt, lengthening and cooling the palate and leaving a beautifully elegant finish.

       
       

Tasting Notes

On the eye sunset gold. Breathe in ripe peach water, floral rose water and just a wisp of smoking barley. Sip lusciously ripe peaches, but balanced by a more acidic note - juicy blood oranges or sharp pink grapefruit. Savour wood with coconut creams and sweetness, leading to a finish of gentle peat fires glowing in the dusk.

       
       

1965 Vintage - 42 Years Old - 43.6%

       
   
     
   

1965 Distillation
42 Years Old
Cask 811

57 bottles released in 2008
(Duty Free only)

Defined as an Islay malt – a malt classification all to itself given the famous and challenging nature of Islay malts characterised by smoky, marine aromas and palate. Golden honey in appearance it has a rush of fruity and floral aromas which work in perfect harmony with delicately smoked oak chips and a long and luxurious finish.

This is the 1st time since the Queen came to visit in the 80’s that Morrison Bowmore have brewed a single malt which is matured in bourbon with a percentage in Oloroso sherry casks. The 700 ml bottle of honey coloured Scotch Whisky - priced at £6.000 - was available for sale exclusively at London Heathrow Airport Terminal 5.

     
   
       
   
       
       
       

1967 Vintage - 40 Years Old - ....%

     
   
     
   

1967 Distillation
40 Years Old

Bourbon Cask 4538

Distilled 20.10.1967
Bottled 05.06.2008
39 bottles released at
900ml + 2x 50ml miniatures

This extremely rare whisky cask nummer 4538 has spent his whole forty years quietly maturing in the dark vaults of Bowmore.

Tasting Notes

The result is quite simply stunning: golden barley in colour with lush aromas of Gallia melon, papaya and peat charred barley suggar. On the palate a medley of exotic fruits and sugar cane syrup is beautifully balanced with a hint of smoke and Atlantic sea salt. The finish is surprisingly light, subtle but exquisitely complex.

     
   
     
 

The box contained two 50ml miniature bottles.

Please concact me if you have additional information
and (a) better image(s) of this decanter available.
The decanter has been on sale at the distillery only.

 

 

     
     
     

1969 Vintage - 40 Years Old - 44.8%

       
   

1969 Distillation
40 Years Old
Bourbon Cask 2161

53 bottles released in 2010

Released at the end of 2010, Bowmore have really pulled all the stops out for this 40 year old 1969 - a specially selected American bourbon cask. The bottles are hand-blown and sculpted with molten glass, topped with solid silver and come on a solid slate plinth.

Just 53 bottles of the limited edition Bowmore 40 Years Old will be released for sale worldwide. Priced at £6,500 per bottle, this is the ultimate luxury gift for the Single Malt whisky connoisseur.

       
   

Hand-Crafted To Perfection

One of our rarest single malts, only 53 bottles of Bowmore 40 Years Old were ever created. Hand-crafted to perfection, this remarkable spirit had been maturing in a single, specially selected American bourbon cask since 29th March 1969 and is presented in an individually hand-blown and sculpted bottle, adorned with a hand-engraved solid silver neck collar.

Tasting notes

On the nose, Bowmore 40 Years Old is smoked oak, sweet vanilla cream, poached pears and gentle earthy peatiness. The palate reveals wood spice, orange peel, fresh pink grapefruit and sweet pear, with the mild influence of peat smoke, bringing balance to the sweet and fruity characteristics.

       
   
       
       
       

1972 Vintage - 34 Years Old - 48.4%

       
   
       
   

1972 Distillation
34 Years Old
100th Anniversary of
Globus Switzerland

Distilled 16.10.1972
Bottled 03.08.2007
100 bottles released in 2007

This rare Bowmore was bottled
exlusively for the Swiss
retail chain Globus for
their 100th Anniversary.

       
    "1972 Limited Edition. Thirty Four Years Old. Hand selected from Bowmore's No 1 vault. This exclusive example of the distillers art has been hand bottled to celebrate the one hundredth anniversary of Globus."
   

 

   
       

Tasting Notes

Colour: Old gold. Nose: Very sweet and smooth, on juicy malt, tropical fruits (papaya and passion fruits), grape juice and some old peat smoke. Taste: Peaty, smoky, salty, maritime, sweet and sugary, on melon, water melon and passion fruits. The finish is smooth, with a hint of dryness, on sweet fruitiness, salt and peat smoke. General Impression: A most pleasant, juicy, and sweet Bowmore, as elegant as the decanter which contains the precious liquid.

 
 

1973 Vintage - 43 Years Old - 43.2%

       
   
       
                                                               

1973 Distillation
43 Years Old
Travel Retail Range

Distilled 10/05/1973
Bottled 09/06/2016
Limited Release Selected by hand
Cask nos. 3883-3888
This bottle is Hong Kong Duty Not Paid

Carefully nurtured in Bourbon Hogsheads
for over four decades
within the Legendary Bowmore No.1 Vaults, the
World's oldest Scotch maturation warehouse

Source: www.catawiki.nl

       
   
   

 

   
 
 

1980 Vintage - Bottled 2004 - 52.6%

       
   
       
   

1980 Distillation
Distilled 19.08.1980
Bottled 05.07.2004

236 bottles released in 2004

Cask 5777 was filled during
the visit of Her Majesty Queen
Elisabeth II to the distillery,
19th August 1980.

In luxe presentation case
accompanied by a copper and
brass mounted pot still glass decanter.

       
   
       
   
       
   
       

 

 

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