|Distilled date||Not Specified|
|Cask Type||Sherry Hogsheads & Bourbon Barrels|
|Cask Number||Bottle code 44-L00528|
|Condition||In Original Wooden Box|
Made by Distillery manager David Turner, who would sit right between Jorma Kaukonen and Marie Curie in my personal Pantheon. This is a blend of ex-sherry hogshead and ex-bourbon barrel Bowmore that doesn't come cheap at around 3,000€ a bottle (but barley got expensive, mind you). My dear mother would say that's 100€ per year of maturation, but she never quite realised that the prices of whisky were inexplicably exponential depending on its age. Colour: amber. Nose: all the ripe mangos and aromatic honeys you would dream of, you would almost believe this was distilled in the 1960s. Beyond that, some dried kelp, sandalwood, moss, some black tea that you would nose straight from its box, surely some peppermint and something medicinal (a pack of cough lozenges), then rather a lot of dark chocolate. These notes of black loose leaf tea are spectacular. Perhaps Golden Monkey? Mouth: all the tropical fruits are on stage now, mangos of course, also passion fruit, blood oranges, guavas, plus that black tea we were mentioning, some pu-her too, some coffee, more dark chocolate, some pipe tobacco… It's not really as fat as, for example, the Black Bowmores, but there are some similarities. The best piece of news is that no violet or lavender seems to have been involved (I didn't say laundered!) in this rather perfect mix. Finish: medium, even more of those teas, also on tannic honeys such as chestnut, not to mention the famous Italian 'corbezzolo' from Sardinia (harvested from arbutus or strawberry trees). Ever tried that bitter honey? Pepper, smoke and bitter chocolate in the aftertaste. Comments: we've seen in most peaters (especially Laphroaig and Bowmore) that exotic fruits would come out after a good 25 years in wood or say 10 or 12 years in wood plus 30 or 40 years in glass. It's a glorious transmutation of peat, shall we say rather empirically. It's a superb Bowmore, Mum.
Unveiling the Exquisite Bowmore 30 Years Old Edition 2022: A Harmonious Marriage of Sherry Hogsheads and Bourbon Barrels
Bowmore Distillery, renowned for its exceptional whisky craftsmanship, proudly presents the highly anticipated Bowmore 30 Years Old Edition 2022. This extraordinary expression is a testament to Bowmore's commitment to time-honored maturation techniques and the artistry of blending. Matured in a combination of Sherry hogsheads and Bourbon barrels, this limited edition release offers whisky enthusiasts a truly remarkable and harmonious flavor profile.
A Celebration of Three Decades:
The Bowmore 30 Years Old Edition 2022 is the result of three decades of patient maturation. Distilled many years ago, this precious liquid has been carefully nurtured and aged to perfection in a selection of Sherry hogsheads and Bourbon barrels. Over time, the whisky has absorbed the unique characteristics and influences from both cask types, resulting in a complex and multi-layered spirit that captivates the senses.
The Influence of Sherry Hogsheads:
The Sherry hogsheads used in the maturation process impart rich and indulgent flavors to the Bowmore 30 Years Old. These casks, which were previously used to mature fine Sherry wines, bring forth notes of dried fruits, dark chocolate, and hints of spice. The deep mahogany hue of the whisky, reminiscent of the Sherry it once held, is a visual testament to the sherry-infused character within.
The Elegance of Bourbon Barrels:
Complementing the influence of the Sherry hogsheads, the Bourbon barrels contribute their own unique qualities to the whisky. These charred American oak barrels lend flavors of vanilla, honey, and gentle oak spice to the Bowmore 30 Years Old, enhancing its complexity and adding layers of sweetness. The marriage of these two distinct cask types creates a harmonious balance of flavors that dance on the palate.
A Symphony of Flavors:
Upon tasting the Bowmore 30 Years Old Edition 2022, one is greeted with a symphony of flavors that unfold with each sip. Rich notes of dark fruits, caramel, and chocolate intermingle with hints of tropical fruits and a subtle smokiness, characteristic of Bowmore's Islay heritage. The long maturation period has allowed the whisky to develop a velvety texture and a refined elegance that can only be achieved with time.
A Collector's Gem:
The Bowmore 30 Years Old Edition 2022 is a true collector's gem, offering whisky enthusiasts a rare opportunity to experience the pinnacle of Bowmore's craftsmanship. With its limited availability, each bottle becomes a cherished piece of whisky history. The meticulous selection of Sherry hogsheads and Bourbon barrels, along with the dedication to quality and flavor, make this expression a testament to Bowmore's legacy.
The Bowmore 30 Years Old Edition 2022 is a whisky masterpiece that showcases the artistry of maturation and blending. The marriage of Sherry hogsheads and Bourbon barrels brings forth a symphony of flavors, resulting in a whisky that embodies elegance, complexity, and refinement. As one savors each sip, they are transported on a journey through three decades of craftsmanship and expertise. This limited edition release is a true testament to Bowmore's commitment to excellence and a must-have for any whisky connoisseur.