Bowmore adds 31-year-old to Timeless SeriesBy Nicola Carruthers
Islay Scotch whisky brand Bowmore has added two single malts to its Timeless Series, including a 31-year-old expression.
The new bottlings in the Bowmore Timeless Series are a 27-year-old single malt and a travel retail-exclusive 31-year-old whisky.
The 27-year-old whisky was matured in Sherry and ex-Bourbon casks for 15 years, followed by 12 years in first-fill oloroso butts.
Bottled at cask strength (52.7% ABV), the single malt has a ‘fruity flavour’ with notes of Sherry and fresh leather, tobacco and beeswax.
Meanwhile, the 31-year-old single malt was matured in ex-Bourbon casks for 29 years and finished for two years in Spanish oak Matusalem Sherry-seasoned butts.
Bottled at 45.4% ABV, the resulting liquid has floral notes, honey and vanilla sweetness, and a hint of peppermint.
Ron Welsh, master blender, said: “With Bowmore Timeless Series, the key is the careful selection of the right casks, at the right time. This enables us to determine when the spirit has reached its peak, or if it should be left longer to develop its character further. This careful balance is vital to ensuring we allow the character of our whiskies to be optimised and can therefore, promise exceptional flavour delivery.”
To mark the launch of the new range, Bowmore has teamed up with independent French film director and artist Thomas Vanz. Using film and art, Vanz highlighted the ‘power of time’ through the evolution of whisky.
Vanz said: “The artistry involved in the whisky-making process is fascinating and provided me with rich and vivid inspiration to create my own unique interpretation. Through my work, I focused on capturing a galaxy of beautiful chemical reactions to represent the whisky-making process, which is made up of complex movement and colours.
“This is my interpretation of the Bowmore universe, from where it begins to the final character. To collaborate with a single malt with such a remarkable legacy and from an awe-inspiring place is a first for me and I relished the opportunity to explore Bowmore in my own way.”
Each expression comes in a black box, complete with an hourglass. Bowmore 27 Years Old is priced at RRP US$1,525, while the 31-year-old has an RRP of US$2,100 and is limited to 3,000 bottles.