Bowmore Distillery from Islay has announced the new Bowmore Single Malt Scotch Whisky Vintner’s Trilogy.
This line will feature a collection of super-premium single malt whiskies including Bowmore 18 Years Old Double Matured Manzanilla, Bowmore 26 Years Old Wine Matured and a final 27 Years Old bottling that will be released in 2018.
The trilogy was created in Bowmore’s No.1 Vaults, among the world’s oldest Scotch maturation houses, imbuing the Bowmore flavor with attributes of ex-wine, sherry and port casks.
Bowmore 18 Years Old is matured in both ex-bourbon barrels and ex-manzanilla sherry barrels. On the nose, notes of treacle, salted caramel, ripe blackcurrants, soft stone fruits, vanilla fudge and spiced Seville oranges, the company says, with hints of menthol and chamomile. Bitter oranges and a burst of peat smoke on the palate. Bowmore’s 18 Years Old Double Matured Manzanilla is bottled at cask strength (52.5% ABV) and retails for a suggested price of $127 per 750-ml. bottle.
Bowmore 26 Years Old Wine Matured spends the first 13 years in ex-bourbon barrels before a second maturation of 13 years in wine barriques. Redcurrant jam, camphor oil and cherry pie intermingle with earthy smoke on the nose, the company reports, developing into spiced oak, tropical fruits such as papaya and mango and a honeyed sweetness with the addition of water. On the palate the flavors develop into oak spiced smoke and dark chocolate, the company says, a hint of salt on the finish, typical of Bowmore. Bowmore’s 26 Years Old Wine Matured is bottled at cask strength (48.7% ABV) and retails for a suggested price of $540 per 750-ml. bottle.
The final whisky in the Trilogy set to be released in fall 2018, Bowmore 27 Years Old will complete the collection.