Whisky Focus - Bowmore 1982 Limited Edition Unveiled

Bowmore 1982 Limited Edition

12th May 2011

Bowmore Unveils An Exceptional Limited Edition Whisky
The Bowmore 1982

Bowmore, the first Islay Single Malt whisky, has released an exclusive limited edition, the second in their vintage series, the Bowmore 1982. Aged for 29 long years in Bowmore’s Number 1 Vaults, this rare expression was matured in warehouses beaten by the waves of the North Atlantic. Available from the end of June, the limited edition vintage of just 501 bottles is the ultimate collectable for the outdoors and whisky enthusiast.

The unique location that is Islay shapes the unique taste and character of Bowmore Single Malt. The whisky began its life as the finest raw ingredients: water from the Laggan River flavoured by the rich Islay peat, the finest barley, and nature’s miracle worker – yeast. Bowmore is one of only six distilleries in Scotland that still produce their own floor malted barley. The team of dedicated Maltmen turn the barley every four hours using traditional wooden malt shovels and hand drawn machinery.

Following on from the Bowmore 1981, the first vintage release in 2010, the 1982 whisky has matured in hand-selected fine oak casks below sea level in Scotland’s oldest maturation warehouse. During its long sleep, the Distillery Manager and his team have worked tirelessly to create the best-balanced Islay Single Malt.

Presented in a wooden gift box with a ‘weather-beaten’ brown leather strap and copper buckle, each bottle is also accompanied by a hand-signed, numbered certificate signed by the Distillery Manager Eddie MacAffer. Eddie, who has been working at the distillery for over 40 years, commented on the expression: "I’ve watched over this fine vintage from the day it was laid to rest 29 years ago through its long maturation in the unique cold, damp atmosphere and salty air in the No 1 Vaults. The Bowmore 1982 is a challenging and rewarding dram, ideal for a man who appreciates the outdoors and the challenges it brings."

The Bowmore 1982 is a limited edition of only 501 bottles and was bottled at 49.6% ABV.  It will be available from specialist whisky suppliers from June 2011, with an RRP of £300.

Bowmore 1982 Tasting Notes

Producer's Tasting Notes:

Nose: On the nose, the Bowmore 1982 reveals barley sugar and gentle peat smoke coupled with delicious Peach Melba ice-cream and vanilla pods.

Taste: On the palate, anticipate fresh lemon pepper followed by warm, earthy smokiness.

Finish: The sweet, fruity finish lingers on perfectly.

William Morrison's Tasting Notes:

Nose: A lovely fresh nose, vanilla and honey, lemon zest, pear and a lovely touch of smoke.

Taste: Parma violet sweetness, lemon zest, ripe bananas, a sprinkle of pepper, just a whisper of earthy smoke and a bit of dry oak. A little bit of caramel peaking through.

Finish: Sweet, slowly fading fruit light smoke and dry wood spice.

Comment: Brilliant!!! Unbelievably fresh and vibrant for a 29 year old yet still mature. This is a complex dram that you will just want to sip slowly and savour and once you taste it you will want more.

Bowmore just seems to like spending a lot of years in a cask. Not cheap at £300, I know it is very drinkable but I also think it will be very collectable like the first bottle in the series, the Bowmore 1981 released last year and now fetches £500+. Get it while you can as I don't think it will be around long.

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