A single cask from Islay’s Bowmore distillery, bottled by Douglas Laing for their premium Old Particular series.
This 15-year-old was a crowd favourite at the 2018 Sydney Whisky Fair. Distilled December 2001 and bottled June 2017, the refill hogshead yielded 321 bottles at a very pleasant 48.4%.
Founded in 1779 Bowmore is one of the most historic distilleries in Scotland, let alone on the small island of Islay.
It remains one of the few distilleries with its own malting floors, which produces an estimated 30 percent of their overall need. Both the house-produced malt and the rest sourced from the mainland are peated to approximately 25 PPM.
Bowmore is the main town of Islay and is held close to the heart of many visitors as it has the most amount of accommodation and is close to the island’s small airport (although nothing is far away on Islay).
Official tasting notes:
Nose: Surprisingly sweet with distant coal dust, develops to burnt home-baking and cinnamon.
Palate: Rich, still sweet and spice with soft peat smoke developing alongside the oily character.
Finish: Long and oily with damp bonfire ashes building through the sweetness.