75 cl, 40.5% Alc.

Bowmore Black
42 Year Old
The Trilogy Edition
1964

1964
  • 75 cl, 40.5% Alc.

Starting price

£ 36,300
Islay, Scotland, United Kingdom
Almost ebony in colour, this Bowmore has been aged for 42 years in Olorosso Sherry casks. It is rich with aromas and tastes of mango, ginger, cinnamon, toffee, dark chocolate, all entwined with a light smokiness. Relish the long, creamy and evolving finish.
Stated Age: 42 years old.
  • 75 cl, 40.5% Alc.
WA 97/100
Whisky Advocate
In short, this is one of the most fascinating whiskies I have ever tasted! It’s better than the original Black Bowmore trio. ...What I think impresses me most is how the whisky evolves. On the nose and palate, this is a thick, viscous, whisky, with notes of sticky toffee, earthy oak, fig cake, roasted nuts, fallen fruit, pancake batter, black cherry, ripe peach, dark chocolate covered espresso bean, polished leather, tobacco, a hint of wild game and lingering, leafy damp kiln smoke. Flavors continue on the palate long after swallowing. This is what we all hope for (and dream of) in an older whisky! I have now tasted this whisky twice: last night before dinner with Iain McCallum, Bowmore’s whisky “nose”, and this morning, in my hotel room before posting this. My opinion is the same. My rating for this whisky, which will be published in the next issue of Malt Advocate magazine, is: 97. (That’s the highest rating I have ever given a whisky.). — John Hansell, Malt Advocate

Bowmore distillery

History

Bowmore is the oldest licensed distillery on the Scottish island of Islay. Founded in 1779 by Islay merchant John Simson, it has developed a reputation for its rich, fruity, smoky single malts over the centuries. The distillery was originally given a land grant, where the barley for the whisky would be grown. Indeed, it maintains this tradition until today, being one of the few distilleries to malt its own Islay barley. The distillery has a colourful history; it was used as an airbase during World War Two and visited by Queen Elizabeth II in 1980. As well as honouring its traditional roots, the distillery has modernised and expanded significantly since 1963, upon being bought by Glasgow whisky broker Stanley P. Morrison.

Technology

Bowmore honours its heritage, crafting distinctive malts in traditional ways. The Bowmore style, characterised by peat smoke, saline and sweet notes, is achieved by its particular production process. The distillery is one of the few remaining in Scotland to operate its own malting floor. Its malting barn has three floors, where the germinating barley is turned every four hours for about a week. After this, the grain is moved to the kilns, where peat smoke is applied. Bowmore’s peat comes from the Gartbreck moor, southwest of the distillery. Another important element that determines the distinctive Bowmore tastes is its casks. Here, Bowmore shows innovation and craft with its range of specially treated casks, from rare Japanese oak to different sweet wine casks that contribute to the richness of these whiskies.

Islay

Islay is a rocky Scottish island often known as "Queen of the Hebrides.” The island’s ancient peat-moss bogs, soft, mineral-rich water, and exposure to the wild Atlantic Ocean all contribute to its famed whiskies. Islay malts are famous for their smoky, salty, peaty flavours.

Islay's cool, damp climate, influenced by the winds from the Atlantic Ocean, is perfect for the long, slow maturation processes needed for whiskies. Today, the island has fewer than ten distilleries. The Bowmore stands on the shores of Lochindaal, a sea loch opening out onto the ocean. Its name is thought to come from one of two origins: a small black reef just outside Lochindaal or the old Norse word bogha mor, which means sunken rock.

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