Bowmore 45 Years Old Signatory 30th Anniversary Cask 3882 46.7% 1972

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Distillery Bowmore
Bottler Signatory Vintage
Serie 30th Anniversary
Bottled for The Signatory Vintage 30th Anniversary
Distilled date 21.06.1972
Bottling date 08.06.2018
Country Scotland
Region Islay
Age 45
Cask Type Refill Sherry Butt
Cask Number 3882
Alcohol percentage 46.7
Volume 0,70
Condition In original container
Label Perfect
Stock 0

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BOW (93)

A Timeless Elixir: Bowmore 45 Years Old by Signatory Vintage

In the world of rare and exceptional whiskies, there are few expressions that command as much reverence as the Bowmore 45 Years Old Signatory 30th Anniversary. Crafted by the esteemed Scottish independent bottler Signatory Vintage, this whisky is not merely a spirit; it is a testament to time, craftsmanship, and the artistry of maturation.

A Heritage Unveiled: Bowmore Distillery

Bowmore, one of the oldest distilleries on the Isle of Islay, has a legacy dating back to 1779. Known for its distinctive peaty character and maritime influence, Bowmore whiskies are cherished by connoisseurs around the world. The 45 Years Old expression is a rare gem that encapsulates the essence of Bowmore's history and tradition.

Signatory Vintage: 30 Years of Excellence

Signatory Vintage, a family-owned independent bottler, celebrated its 30th anniversary with the release of this exceptional Bowmore expression. With a commitment to selecting and bottling some of the finest casks in Scotland, Signatory Vintage has earned a reputation for excellence in the world of whisky.

Unveiling the Elixir: Bowmore 45 Years Old

Distilled on the 21st of June 1972 and bottled on the 8th of June 2018, this Bowmore expression spent an impressive 45 years maturing in a Refill Sherry Butt, cask number 3882. The choice of cask and the lengthy maturation period have contributed to the development of a whisky that is rich, complex, and layered with nuance.

With an alcohol by volume (ABV) of 46.7%, this release invites enthusiasts to explore the whisky at its natural strength, allowing the full spectrum of flavors to shine through. The Refill Sherry Butt has imparted a subtle sweetness and depth to the spirit, enhancing the character that Bowmore is celebrated for.

A Symphony of Flavors: Tasting Notes

Upon nosing the glass, the aroma is a harmonious blend of peat smoke, dried fruits, and a gentle hint of oak. The interplay of Bowmore's signature maritime notes and the influence of the sherry cask creates a bouquet that is both inviting and complex.

On the palate, the whisky unfolds with layers of flavor. The peat smoke is accompanied by notes of dark chocolate, dried figs, and a touch of leather. The Refill Sherry Butt has imparted a velvety texture, adding to the luxurious and contemplative nature of the dram.

The finish is a lingering embrace, with the warmth of the whisky leaving a lasting impression. The complexity of the Bowmore 45 Years Old is a reflection of the expertise of both the Bowmore Distillery and Signatory Vintage.

A Limited Legacy: Only 246 Bottles

As a testament to its rarity, only 246 bottles of this Bowmore expression were produced. Each bottle is a collector's item, a piece of liquid history that encapsulates the heritage and craftsmanship of Bowmore and the excellence of Signatory Vintage.

Conclusion: A Journey Through Time

In conclusion, the Bowmore 45 Years Old Signatory 30th Anniversary is more than a whisky; it is a journey through time, a celebration of heritage, and a collaboration between two titans of the whisky world. Whether you are a seasoned collector or a passionate enthusiast, this expression invites you to savor the elegance and complexity within each dram. Cheers to Bowmore, Signatory Vintage, and the timeless elixir that is the Bowmore 45 Years Old.

Angus McRaild (93)

To think that Signatory are still able to issue casks of Bowmore from the distilleries golden era is pretty awesome if you ask me. A wonderful chance to see how some of the greatest distillate ever made matures at such ages... Colour: amber. Nose: soft, earthy, leathery old peat embers with sweet raisins, stewed dark fruits and an underlying not to those classical tropical elements. Coal, walnut wine and - with a little time - wafting notes of tar begin to emerge. Wee notes of clove, aniseed and cinnamon rock. These aspects such as mulling spices which come from the cask mingle really perfectly with the lighter fruity and smoky tones of the distillate. More oily qualities such as paraffin, lamp oil and wood polish. Some heather smoke in the background and tiny coastal touches as well. Quite brilliant. Mouth: Ooft! Superb richness and gravelly, earthy, mineral sherry qualities. The peat has almost broken down into a myriad of herbs and spices. Beyond that the tropical fruits really emerge at the back of the palate but they’re more crystallised and preserved in character. Notes of liquorice, cured meats, orange pith and grapefruit peel. Superb! Finish: Long, lingering spices, old leather, preserved lemons, smoked teas and dried herbs. Comments: Maybe a tad old in some respects but still totally glorious. An emotional old slugger still kicking. But then, what did we really expect...


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