|Cask Strength Collection Symington’s Choice
|Oloroso Sherry Butt
|In Original Container
Bowmore 25 Years Old Signatory Vintage Symington's Choice: A Sherry-Infused Masterpiece
Bowmore Distillery, renowned for its exceptional whisky expressions, presents a true gem with the Bowmore 25 Years Old Signatory Vintage Symington's Choice. Distilled on 23rd September 1997 and bottled on 9th February 2023, this whisky is a testament to the artistry and dedication of both Bowmore Distillery and the esteemed independent bottler Signatory Vintage. With maturation taking place in a carefully selected Oloroso Sherry Butt, this limited edition release showcases the remarkable influence of the sherry cask on Bowmore's renowned spirit.
Aged to Perfection:
The journey of this extraordinary whisky began over two decades ago when it was distilled in 1997. From that moment, it embarked on a patient maturation process within the depths of an Oloroso Sherry Butt. Over the course of 25 years, the whisky absorbed the rich and robust flavors of the sherry, resulting in a deeply complex and matured spirit. Each passing year brought forth new layers of depth and character, allowing the whisky to evolve into a masterpiece worthy of admiration.
Bowmore 25 Years Old Signatory Vintage Symington's Choice delights the senses with a captivating array of flavors. As the golden liquid cascades into the glass, enticing aromas of dried fruits, warm spices, and hints of oak greet the nose. The first sip reveals a symphony of flavors on the palate. Rich notes of raisins, dark chocolate, and Christmas cake mingle with undertones of honey and a gentle smokiness that is synonymous with Bowmore. The influence of the Oloroso Sherry Butt adds an elegant sweetness and complexity, creating a harmonious balance of flavors that lingers on the palate.
The Signatory Vintage Craftsmanship:
This exclusive bottling is the result of the meticulous craftsmanship of Signatory Vintage, a premium independent bottler known for its dedication to showcasing the finest whiskies from Scotland's renowned distilleries. The selection of cask 2422 for this release demonstrates their discerning palate and commitment to excellence. With only 616 bottles produced, this expression is a true collector's item and a testament to the artistry and passion of the whisky industry.
Symington's Choice Series:
The Bowmore 25 Years Old Signatory Vintage is part of the esteemed Symington's Choice series within the Cask Strength Collection. This series highlights exceptional single cask whiskies that have been carefully chosen for their exceptional quality and unique characteristics. As part of this distinguished series, this Bowmore expression represents the pinnacle of whisky craftsmanship and offers whisky enthusiasts an opportunity to experience the true essence of Bowmore Distillery.
The Bowmore 25 Years Old Signatory Vintage Symington's Choice is a whisky of unparalleled depth and complexity. With its long and patient maturation in an Oloroso Sherry Butt, it showcases the perfect marriage of Bowmore's spirit and the influence of the sherry cask. This limited edition release is a testament to the artistry and expertise of both Bowmore Distillery and Signatory Vintage. As one of only 616 bottles produced, it is a highly sought-after collector's item that embodies the finest traditions of whisky craftsmanship.
Oh, 25 years, let's check if my theory stands… 1997 is a 'famous' vintage at Bowmore, but rather mysteriously, I've never tried any from Signatory's racing stable, while they've had many of them. Colour: gold. Nose: much more medicinal and coastal, and rather on lime and grapefruit. I find it just a little blocked, but that may be both the high strength and bottle shock, as this baby was bottled just one month ago. Or am I exaggerating the effects of bottle shock? I'm sure water will unlock it anyway… With water: it does. Much more chalk (Sancerre indeed), bandages, some funny vegetables (salsify!) and some sage, seaweed (wakame), and yeah, sauvignon blanc. That's tomato bush, elderflowers, asparagus, flints, gooseberries, and indeed, drumroll… Mangos! Mouth (neat): powerful and very coastal indeed, very salty, sancerrey as I sometimes say, with oysters and lemons dancing a jig on your tongue. Sharp smoke and ashes, plus just tiny hints of orange juice. Some strong green tea and some walnut skins too, that may be the sherry. With water: I've checked the label carefully and it does say 'Bowmore' and not 'Sancerre'. How bizarre… It's also got hints of mezcal and Jamaican rum ala Hampden. No, seriously! Finish: long and very chalky and indeed, maritime. Oysters and lemon plus chalk and a little cut grass. A little capsicum in the aftertaste. Comments: both Bowmores were very different, but as far as quality goes, it is a tie, which is not something we weren't expecting.