Black Bowmore 50 Year, The Last Cask To Be Rediscovered

Bowmore® Islay Single Malt Whisky, the first distillery on Scotland’s isle of Islay, has announced the release of the fifth and final edition of the exclusive Black Bowmore® 1964 distillation. Available from 1 November 2016, the last cask to be discovered of Black Bowmore® has spent an astonishing 50 years maturing in Bowmore’s legendary No.1 Vaults, the world’s oldest Scotch maturation warehouse, making this captivating whisky the most aged expression of the Black Bowmore® series.

UNLOCK HIDDEN DEPTHS™ The unique environment of Bowmore’s No. 1 Vaults has ensured that this sequestered last cask of Black Bowmore® to be rediscovered has developed a rich and intense yet perfectly balanced flavour of exceptional depth and quality. After 50 years of meticulous maturation in the vaults, Black Bowmore® offers a sublime elegance with flavours of tropical fruit and honeyed black truffle complemented by the signature peat smoke notes of Bowmore®. With its exquisite deep black pearl colour imparted from the Oloroso sherry casks that it was matured in, Black Bowmore® 50 Year Old is beautifully rounded and complex and should be served and savoured neat.

HIGHLY COLLECTABLE Black Bowmore® was first distilled on 5 November 1964 at the Bowmore distillery on Islay, and over the years, has become one of the most rare and sought-after single malt whiskies ever created. With 4 acclaimed releases, the first in 1993 and the fourth in 2007, one last cask was rediscovered in the darkest corner of the No.1 Vaults. Having been carefully nurtured by Bowmore’s master craftsmen and with only 159 bottles available internationally, the last cask of Black Bowmore® to be rediscovered has all the hallmarks of a collector’s whisky.

A refined dram with its remarkable concentration of flavour and depth superbly defines the Black Bowmore® collection’s half-century history. Filled and sealed by hand, the last edition in the series will be presented in a stunning handmade cabinet revealing the beguiling history of Black Bowmore® with each silver contour marking the passing of time since the historic first distillation. Launching just in time for the festive gifting period, this rare whisky makes the ideal gift for whisky lovers and luxury collectors alike.

Only 10 bottles will be available in the UK from 1 November 2016 at selected whisky specialists including The Whisky Exchange, Master of Malt, Selfridges and Fortnum & Mason RRP £16,000 | 40.9% | 700ml

Discover The Last Edition In The Legendary Series: The Devil’s Casks III

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On a clear night, a cold westerly breeze off the coast of Scotland will carry you to the remote and rugged isle of Islay, an island which legend has it that was once the home to the Devil himself. On previous sightings, it is said that the Devil was chased through the village of Bowmore into the gates of Islay’s first distillery. Every inch was searched, but the Devil was nowhere to be seen; he was thought to have escaped inside a cask of Bowmore®, bound for the mainland. As the story of The Devil’s Casks unfolds further in this third and final chapter, the Devil’s plot creates an unprecedented twist.

Having returned to Islay once before (The Devil’s Cask II), the Devil has mastered the art of illusion this autumn with the sighting of a second devil. For the first time the whisky has matured in not just one, but two types of sherry casks, marrying dry Oloroso sherry casks and sweet Pedro Ximénez sherry casks to give the expression an incredible intensity and richness that tempts whisky fans with double the complexity and double the flavour.


To leave his mark on Bowmore and to be forever immortalised on the island, the Devil’s cunning escape has created a beguiling liquid that will taunt and tease with its double personality, which will be irresistible to all who come to taste it:

Devil No.1: Pedro Ximénez Sherry revels in its sweetness as the grapes are dried in the Spanish sun producing intense aromas of chocolate and coffee.

Devil No.2: Dry Oloroso Sherry captivates with its dark, fruity aromas with notes of figs and raisins, resulting in a smooth, dark and indulgent liquid.

The two first-fill sherry matured whiskies are expertly married (delicately blended together and rested) after having being laid to rest in Bowmore’s No. 1 Vaults, the oldest maturation warehouse in Scotland.


Breathe in a wave of rich, dark, exotic fruits, including sultanas, mangos and raisins, fused with earthy angelica root and treacle toffee. Give in to temptation and sip the smooth, rounded taste of dates, chocolate fudge and salted treacle, warmed by orange-laced Aruba coffee. Finally, savour the powerful, long-lasting finish of smoked fruitcake, blood orange and sea salt. Devilishly rewarding and a great addition to any whisky collection, this limited edition release not only tells a tale, it spells the end.

Bowmore Mizunara Cask Finish Brings Together Two Of The World’s Most Famous Whisky Islands


Bowmore Islay Single Malt Whisky is proud to announce the launch of Bowmore Mizunara Cask Finish, the first-ever Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky to be finished in precious, hand-crafted Japanese Mizunara oak casks. Set for global release on 1 September 2015, the limited edition Bowmore Mizunara Cask Finish brings together two of the world’s most renowned whisky islands – Islay, Scotland and Japan – to create a refined, elegant and complex Single Malt unlike any other before it.

With only 2,000 bottles produced, Bowmore Mizunara Cask Finish is a skilled marriage of Scottish strength and passion with Japanese elegance and refinement. Although cultures and languages differ, craftsmanship is revered and understood in both Islay and Japan. As the first Islay Single Malt distillery and a pioneer of innovation, Bowmore is proud to combine the best of the east and west as the first distillery to mature Scotch whisky in Japanese Mizunara oak casks.


Bowmore’s renowned Malts have been distilled on the Scottish island of Islay since 1779, making it the first of Islay’s eight distilleries and one of Scotland’s oldest. Produced in exactly the same way for over 200 years and matured in Bowmore’s legendary No. 1 Vaults, Bowmore is widely acknowledged to be among the finest, most beautifully balanced Single Malts in the world.

On the other side of the globe, Japan has also become renowned for its superior quality of Single Malts and excellent craftsmanship. In the north of the country, Japan’s revered Mizunara oak is left to grow for up to 300 years before being handcrafted into casks using time-honoured techniques known only to a select few. Notoriously difficult to work with but prized for its flavours, casks made from Mizunara are among the rarest, treasured and most sought after in the world.

To create Bowmore Mizunara Cask Finish, a selection of the very finest Mizunara oak casks handcrafted in Japan embarked on the 6,000 mile journey across two oceans to Islay before being laid to rest in Bowmore’s No.1 vaults. This limited-edition release represents one of the first occassions in which Japanese distillers have spared their precious Mizunara casks for a whisky outside of Japan. Bowmore was chosen due to its long and proven history of innovation and craftsmanship reflecting the same skills and values that have been passed down from generation to generation to create the Mizunara oak casks.

Savour + Share Bowmore’s Limited Edition Black Rock Gift Pack This Valentine’s Day

Black Rock-2-CO[1]Treat the whisky lover in your life to something they’re sure to love this Valentine’s Day. Wrap up warm and enjoy Bowmore Black Rock’s smoky infusion of raisins, pepper, cocoa beans and burnt orange, balanced with delicious peat smoke and treacle toffee – ideal to share and savour with loved ones on cold evenings.

Bowmore Islay Single Malt Whisky launched the limited edition Travel Retail exclusive featuring a set of textured black slate coasters.

The limited edition gift pack is reminiscent of Black Rock; the jagged outcrop that rises majestically from the treacherous water of Loch Idaal, which the classic whisky is named after.

Black Rock Gift Pack includes a set of slate coasters | £44.99
Available exclusively in selected Travel Retail & Duty Free retailers throughout Europe

Beam Suntory Presents Peated Malts Of Distinction The Full Scale Of Peat

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Beam Suntory is pleased to announce a newly named collection of high-quality whiskies from its award-winning distilleries across Scotland and Ireland. Peated Malts of Distinction features four peated malts including new expression The Ardmore Legacy as the entry point to the range, accompanied by Ireland’s Connemara Original, Islay’s Laphroaig Select and Bowmore Small Batch.

The new portfolio capitalises on the company’s leading position in the category and will allow both the trade and consumers to explore an extensive variety of peat flavours and taste profiles. The portfolio launches at a buoyant time for the peated malts category which is experiencing 8%* growth rate in the EMEA region (CAGR 2011-2013).

Peated malts currently represent 17%* of total malt volume sales in EMEA, with Sweden (29%), Germany (25%) and The Netherlands (21%) accounting for over three quarters of peated malt sales in the region.

The Ardmore Legacy is a new expression, aimed at challenging mainstream single malt brands, offering a lightly peated liquid that is sweet and uplifting. The launch coincides with a new identity and positioning for the brand. Appealing to whisky drinkers’ experimental nature, this malt offers an enticing new flavour made from unreleased unpeated Ardmore balanced with the traditional peated malt, which is markedly different from gentle Highland peat whiskies. The bottle boasts a new label and pack design that reflects the spirit of The Ardmore with a symbolic eagle and contour map of Kennethmont, the whisky’s home. The creative design was inspired by the instinctively fearless native golden eagle, soaring the highest heights and protecting the land.

Lee Walker, EMEA Regional Brand Manager for Premium Malts, Beam Suntory, comments: “The peated malt category is a dynamic segment demonstrating strong growth. Beam Suntory has ambitious plans to utilise its expertise and product range to further innovate and expand the category. We’re in a unique position where we can offer drinkers a variety of taste experiences from gentle to rich peat, and we hope that this unique story will appeal to both novice and whisky enthusiasts the world over.”
Peated Malts of Distinction are available across the on and off-trade in global markets and will be supported by global marketing communication activities from October and continue for the run up to Christmas 2014.

The Ardmore Legacy is available in the UK at RRP £29.99.

Toast The Festive Season With Bowmore’s Luxurious Black Rock Gift Pack

Celebrate this festive season with the limited edition gift pack from Bowmore Islay Single Malt Whisky. Whether it’s a gift for the discerning whisky drinker in your life, or a treat for yourself, the
Bowmore Black Rock Gift Pack is a must have this winter.

Taking inspiration from the rugged and rural surroundings of Islay, “Scotland’s Whisky island”, Bowmore Black Rock shares the
provenance and craftsmanship of the renowned Bowmore
This incredibly rich single malt is named after the jaggy outcrop
that’s clearly visible in the bay across from the distillery, which
has stood on the shores of Loch Indaal since 1779.

Maintaining its unfailing commitment to whisky connoisseurs and collectors across the world, Bowmore invites you to wrap up
warm and savour Bowmore Black Rock’s smoky infusion of raisins,
pepper, cocoa beans and burnt orange, balanced with delicious
peat smoke and treacle toffee; ideal for cold winter nights by the fire.

The beautifully  packaged Bowmore Black Rock gift pack is available exclusively in selected Global Travel Retail & Duty Free retailers throughout Europe, so take the hassle out of shopping and
purchase this unique gift when travelling home for the holidays. Including a set of slate coasters, whisky lovers are sure to treasure this classic gift.

Bowmore Launches New Luxurious Range

BowmoreBowmore Islay Single Malt Whisky, one of the world’s most prized and beloved whiskies, is launching a new range of luxurious single malts, exclusively available in Travel Retail & Duty Free
shops worldwide. Reserved solely for the discerning traveller, this selection of premium single malts has been inspired by Bowmore’s extraordinary home, the island of Islay.

Beautifully packaged, the new range takes inspiration from the magical and remote island of Islay, widely regarded as Scotland’s whisky island. The trio of whiskies, including Black Rock, Gold Reef and White Sands 17 Year Old, celebrate the rich diversity of this unique and enchanting environment, whilst communicating the provenance, tradition and craftsmanship of Bowmore, #pieceofislay.

Upholding its commitment towards whisky connoisseurs and collectors, Bowmore has created a premium and highly giftable range that pays tribute to its previous collection – Bowmore Black, Bowmore Gold and Bowmore White, which is one of the world’s most collectable single malt ranges.


At the heart of the range is Black Rock, an incredibly rich single malt named after the jaggy outcrop that’s clearly visible in the bay across from the distillery, which has stood on the shores of Loch
Indaal since 1779. Matured predominately in first-fill ex-Spanish sherry casks, the result is a delicious balance of peat smoke, treacle toffee and orange.


Venture further out to sea, deep beneath the waves, and you’ll be greeted by the island’s reefs. The warm glow of the sun’s rays reflecting off the coral seabed can be seen in the deep golden hues that catch your eye inside every bottle of Gold Reef. A satisfyingly smooth malt, it’s matured mostly in first-fill ex-bourbon casks with notes of vanilla, citrus fruits and coconut milk.


Bowmore White Sands 17 Year Old is the pièce de résistance in the range. Not only is it Bowmore’s Master Distiller Eddie MacAffer’s personal favourite, it has also been inspired by the stunning beaches of The Big Strand and Laggan Bay, a stretch of coast just south of the Bowmore distillery.
The whisky has been matured for 17 years in Bowmore’s legendary No.1 Vaults, the oldest maturation warehouse in Scotland. Savour notes of rich treacle toffee and ripe exotic fruits bound together by warm peat smoke.


Founded in 1779, Bowmore is the oldest distillery on Islay; an archaeological treasure trove and a haven for whisky aficionados around the world. Standing proud on the shores of Loch Indaal, the
distillery’s proximity to the sea, along with the combination of peat, barley, sea breeze, water, wood, people and tradition together create the perfectly balanced warm and smoky character of Bowmore Single Malt Scotch Whiskies.

Bowmore Islay Single Malt Launches The Devil’s Casks

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Bowmore, Islay’s first Single Malt Scotch whisky, has announced the launch of The Devil’s Casks – a devilishly delicious dram which has been matured exclusively – and unusually – for 10 years in the finest first fill sherry casks. This non chill-filtered, small batch release is bursting with Bowmore’s hot and fiery characteristics, deep mahogany colour and rich fruitcake flavour.

Created to celebrate one of Islay’s most famous tales – a story shrouded in myth and legend – 6,000 bottles of The Devil’s Casks will be released in October, just in time for Halloween. The story goes that the Devil himself was spotted in the round church of Bowmore and chased by local congregation down into the No. 1 vaults at the Bowmore distillery. Here, as the warehousemen were filling casks and loading them aboard the paddle steamer (The Maid of Islay) the devil was lost. It is believed he escaped in a cask of Bowmore bound for the mainland.

The devil is in the detail when it comes to packaging for this delectable treat – the perfect addition to any whisky connoisseur’s collection. A deep red box tells the story of the legend alongside smoke illustrations and a Devil’s pitchfork suggesting the Devil himself isn’t far away!

Bowmore’s Master of Malts Iain McCallum: “Ten year’s maturation in first fill sherry casks has brought out Bowmore’s fiery characteristics. The notes in this dram are hot and seductive. This small batch release is quite simply, devilishly good!”

540 bottles of the Devil’s Casks has been released in the UK priced at £50.99 RRP, 56.9% ABV. Bowmore The Devil’s Casks is available from October.



Bowmore is a brand that is well-known to not only the whisky enthusiasts of the world, but recognisable to even the most amateur of whisky drinkers. It’s location on an island that holds no fewer than eight distilleries means that it has to produce the best it can on a constant basis. And I think that for over 200 years since its first opened, it seems only right to check out the oldest distillery on Islay, and to see how it has achieved its longevity.

The Western harbour town of Bowmore, Islay’s capital is the home to the brand since 1779, founded by a gentleman named John Simpson. Following the purchase of the distillery in 1837 by William and James Mutter, the distillery was resold in 1892 to an English businessmen consortium named Bowmore Distillery Company Ltd after some additional construction of the distillery. Changing hands twice during the late 1920’s (J. B. Sheriff and Company in 1925 and Distillers Company Limited (DCL) in 1929) and again in 1950 when William Grigor & Son took over, 1963 saw the distillery purchased for £117,000 by Stanley P Morrison. Bowmore has had a long affiliation with Japanese pioneers Suntory who acquired a 35% stake in the company during the late 1980’s and in 1994, they bought the company outright. The famous legendary Black Bowmore is launched in 1993 with a recommended price of £100 (at least ten times the amount today if it can be found). Another two versions were also released in 1994 and 1995. One year after the Japanese takeover, Bowmore was nominated for ‘Distiller of the Year’ in the International Wine and Spirits competition.

A chequered history of owners, but that should never come across your mind to doubt its quality. Bowmore comes across as a little different to its main Islay competitors. Far from being a lighter offering compared to its Northern Islay-based Bunnahabhain, or as heavily peated nor as smoky as its three Southern names surrounding Port Ellen. It’s due to its unique combination of the pure water from the Laggan River, traditional floor-malted barley (one of only a handful of distilleries in Scotland who still perform this method) that has been carefully smoked in a peat-fired kiln and matured in oak casks left to rest in the No. 1 Vaults – the oldest maturation warehouse in Scotland and the only one below sea level.

So how does this well-balanced Islay whisky fare? Well below, I give to you my tasting notes on the range so far –

Bowmore 23yr
Bowmore 23yr

Bowmore 12yr – 40%

A heavy nose of burnt peat blended with chocolate follows on the palate with a deep, smokyness balanced out with flavours of lemon and honey.

Bowmore 15yr – 43%

Finished for three years in a Oloroso sherry butt, it creates a light, fruity nose with raisin aromas and a slight smoke note. Treacle flavours on the palate, again with a slight smokyness with a short finish.

Bowmore 23yr – 50.8%

Matured exclusively in port casks for 23 years. An instant aroma of sea smoke and subtle iodine with dark cherry notes on the nose. A developing palate of hard peat, rich fruit and damp smoak from the port wood produce a mouth-watering and extremely long finish.

Bowmore Tempest Batch No. 3 –55.6%

Aged for a decade in first-fill bourbon casks. Very dry on the nose with a balanced mix of peat and smoke. Still rather dry once it hits the palate, but develops flavours of lemon and salt with a peppery finish.

Bowmore Tempest Batch No. 4 – 55.1%

Aged for ten years in first-fill ex-bourbon casks in their No.1 Vaults. Wood notes on the nose, slight sweetness of vanilla and a fresh hit of honey. Blackcurrant dominates the palate briefly, creating an acidic mouth-feel. Vanilla, chocolate and dashes of smoke round off the flavour, complete with a dry finish.

Bowmore Devil's Cask
Bowmore The Devil’s Casks

Bowmore The Devil’s Casks #3 – 56.7%

Matured in first fill sherry casks, Oloroso and Pedrox Ximenez. Bowmore’s third, and final, release in the sought after Devil’s Casks series.
A fresh, deep fruit nose of sultana, raisin and flesh mango. A sharp, dry flavour upon the palate of treacle, dried fruit and orange ladened oak that offers a long finish.

Some cracking drams available, with the new 23yr the pick of the bunch so far, although it’s a shame only 12,000 bottles will ever be released. The main range also includes Legend, an 18yr as well as a 25yr, with Limited Editions and Specialist Release always showing a treat or two for your cabinet at home.

Bowmore really shows why it has stood the test of time and rightly serves as Islay’s oldest distillery. Its continuation to showcase bottlings in various ways proves popular with the whisky world, and I hope that it doesn’t fall from grace any time soon.

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Launch of Bowmore 23 Years Old, Limited Edition, Port Cask Matured





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Bowmore, Islay’s first Single Malt whisky, has announced the launch of Bowmore 23 Years Old – a deliciously rich, smoky and complex dram that has been matured exclusively in port casks for 23 years giving it a deliciously dark colour and remarkably rich flavour.

This non-chill filtered Single Malt Scotch is a whisky to warm the coldest Islay night. A delicious feast of smoke infused blood orange, luscious layered autumn fruits, winter spices, black truffles and walnut oil balanced with the trademark Bowmore sea-salt tang.

European Brand ambassador Gordon Dundas describes the dram as “Truly an exceptional Bowmore. Full maturation in the finest Port casks is rare but gives this bottling an amazing depth and flavour developed over 23 years while importantly still retaining all of the character of Bowmore. Something to be savoured…”

This outstanding limited edition is the ideal whisky to add to any enthusiast’s collection. Presented in packaging that reflects its quality and exclusivity, this revered dram is encased in a deep-red hinged box, which perfectly complements the deep mahogany liquid. A black clasp keeps the whisky locked away. Once opened it reveals a certificate handwritten by the Bowmore Distillery manager Eddie MacAffer.

Less than 12,000 bottles have been released worldwide with 120 cases available in the UK priced at £380 RRP, 50.8% ABV.

Bowmore 23 Year Old is available from July.

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UK Distributor: Cellar Trends on 01283 217703 or