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Bowmore Vintners Trilogy


28th September 2017
Introducing the Bowmore Vintner's Trilogy which will comprise of three wine cask influenced age statement whiskies.

Bowmore Vintner's Trilogy - Bowmore 18 Year Old Double Matured Manzanilla, Bowmore 26 Year Old Wine Matured and a Bowmore 27 Year Old Port Cask Matured

It seems the folks at Bowmore like trilogy's and here is another one, the Islay distillery has announced the launch of the Bowmore Vintner's Trilogy which will comprise of three age statement whiskies; Bowmore 18 Year Old Double Matured Manzanilla, Bowmore 26 Year Old Wine Matured both of which will launch this month and a Bowmore 27 Year Old Port Cask Matured bottling which will be released in 2018 to complete the Bowmore Vintner's Trilogy.

The Bowmore 18 Year Old Double Matured Manzanilla Sherry is the youngest expression in the Vintner's Trilogy, it was matured for the first 13 years in ex-bourbon barrels before spending a further 5 years in ex-manzanilla sherry barrels taking on a rich antique gold colour. Bowmore describe it as "On the nose, notes of treacle, salted caramel, ripe blackcurrants, soft stone fruits, vanilla fudge and spiced Seville oranges sit alongside subtle hints of menthol and chamomile which develops into bitter oranges and a burst of peat smoke on the palate to create this refined whisky".

The Bowmore's 18 Year Old Double Matured Manzanilla was bottled at a cask strength of 52.5% ABV and will be available from specialist whisky retailers at a RRP of $127 / 110 / 105.

The Bowmore 26 Year Old Wine Matured the second whisky in the trilogy, spent its first 13 years in ex-bourbon barrels before a second maturation of 13 years in wine barriques, which Bowmore say developed "a burnt amber colour. Redcurrant jam, camphor oil and cherry pie intermingle with earthy smoke on the nose, developing into spiced oak, tropical fruits such as papaya and mango and a honeyed sweetness with the addition of water. A fullbodied whisky, on the palate the flavours develop into oak spiced smoke and rich dark chocolate with a long finish and a hint of salt typical of Bowmore".

The Bowmore's 26 Year Old Wine Matured was bottled at a cask strength of 48.7% ABV and will be available from specialist whisky retailers at a RRP of $540 / 420 / 400.

The Bowmore 27 Year Old Port Cask Matured will be the final and oldest whisky in the trilogy, it is set to be released in 2018. Final details of the Bowmore 27 Year Old Port Cask Matured whisky will be revealed next year but here's hoping it matches the quality and is perhaps from the same batch as the outstanding Bowmore 23 Year Old 1989 Port Cask Matured whisky launched back in 2013.

David Turner, Bowmore distillery manager, commented on the new whiskies, saying: "The Vintner's Trilogy is a collection of three liquid gold whiskies which have been meticulously matured over time in our No.1 Vaults. The unique, sea-buffeted atmosphere inside the oldest scotch maturation warehouse in the world has created three perfectly balanced whiskies full of flavour, with each whisky offering an individual taste journey through their time maturing in manzanilla sherry, wine, bourbon and Islay malt casks."

The Bowmore Vintner's Trilogy, Bowmore 18 Year Old Double Matured Manzanilla and Bowmore 26 Year Old Wine Matured will be available from this month and the Bowmore 27 Year Old Port Cask Matured with be available in 2018 from specialist Whisky retailers such as Master of Malt
 

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