Pushing the boundaries of whisky with bold flavour fusions, Bowmore® 10 Year Old offers an intense depth from the marriage of Spanish Oak sherry casks and hogsheads. The results is a dark amber liquid, with hints of sun-dried fruit, baked Seville orange and toasted maple on the nose before giving way to sultanas, sea salt and dark fruit oils on the palette. This sherry-cask expression has a lingering finish of peat-smoked walnut and spices resulting in an intense marriage of fire and earth..
Nestled deep in the heart of Scotland’s isle of Islay lies the quiet yet magnificent Bowmore® distillery, steeped in more than 230 years of history and heritage. Established in 1779, Bowmore® is home to the world’s oldest scotch maturation warehouse, the legendary No. 1 Vaults, where some of the most coveted single malts have been meticulously matured in the finest casks. Renowned for being complex in flavour yet exquisitely balanced, the No. 1 Vaults is a treasure trove of Bowmore®’s range of whiskies offering a unique depth of flavour.
Bowmore adheres to traditional production methods which helps to shape the character of its Single Malts. Today, it prides itself as one of the rare distilleries which still produces its own floor malted barley, hand-turned by a traditional wooden malt shovel and hand drawn machinery. Water for the whiskies is specially drawn from the Laggan River, with its rich peaty overtones – the same Islay peat that fires the malt-drying kiln.
Bowmore Distillery's close proximity to the sea is also vital in determining the final character of its spirit. The legendary Bowmore No. 1 Vaults is where most of the whiskies spend their long lives resting quietly in the cool, dark, damp cellars below sea level, oblivious to the waves thrashing the vault's sea-facing wall.
They mature in oak casks, previously used for bourbon and sherry, gradually developing rich and mellow flavours. It is this combination of peat, barley, sea breeze, water, wood, people and tradition that together create the perfectly balanced character of Bowmore® Single Malt Scotch Whiskies.