The Bowmore 15 Year Old is a single malt Scotch whisky from the Islay region of Scotland, a region renowned for their heavily peated single malts. It is the third expression in the Bowmore core range, after the Bowmore No. 1 and the Bowmore 12 Year Old.
It was released in 2007, and has steadily gained a decent amount of popularity in the single malt Scotch whisky market due to the heavy sherry influence. This Bowmore whisky has also done well critically, earning a slew of awards at a number of whisky-tasting competitions.
The Bowmore Distillery was established by John. P. Simon in 1779, and is one of the oldest functioning distilleries in Scotland, and the oldest on the Isle of Islay. He eventually sold the distillery to William and James Mutter in 1837, who ran the distillery successfully for nearly 50 years.
In 1887, the distillery was sold to Campbeltown’s John Bell Sherriff due to the Great Depression but the distillery wasn’t under his control for long, as he was bought out by a consortium led by Joseph Robert Holmes in 1892. The distillery was named ‘Bowmore’ by Holmes himself.
John Bell Sherriff successfully bought back the Bowmore Distillery in 1925, renaming it ‘Sherriff’s Bowmore Distillery’. In 1963, Stanley. P. Morrison was the new owner of the Bowmore Distillery, who renamed it Morrison Bowmore Distillery. Business was booming, and the Bowmore was witness to Queen Elizabeth II’s first ever visit to Scotch whisky distillery in 1980.
Currently, the Bowmore Distillery is a part of Beam Suntory, who acquired the Morrison Bowmore Distillers in 2014.
The Bowmore 15 Year Old is finished for three years in ex-Sherry Oloroso barrels, a practice that infuses the bottomless flavours, rich texture, and deep colour that have earned it numerous accolades.
While Bowmore single malts are renowned for the balance of desirable fruity flavours co-existing with the medium-peaty profile commonly associated with Islay whiskies, the Oloroso Sherry influence adds a third, more interesting depth of flavours that make the 15 Year Old a truly impressive single malt.
The Bowmore 15 Year Old carries an alcohol strength of 40% ABV, the standard permissible limit for Scotch whiskies worldwide.
Gold Outstanding at the International Wine & Spirit Competition in the Scotch Single Malt: Islay category in 2014.
Gold at The Scotch Whisky Masters in the Islay 13 to 18 Years Old category in 2018.
Gold at the International Wine & Spirit Competition in the Scotch Single Malt: Islay category in 2017.
Gold at the International Wine & Spirit Competition in the Scotch Single Malt: Islay category in 2013.
Silver at the International Wine & Spirit Competition in the Scotch Single Malt: Islay category in 2019.
Intense, rich and packed with aromas of Sherry, dark chocolate and smoke.
Strong fruity flavours, and smoke followed by some sweetness, grapefruit, spicy cinnamon, and brown sugar.
Warm, long Sherry finish with a gentle touch of Oak, spice and toffee.