Islay Scotch whisky Bowmore has launched a limited edition 30-year-old single malt, which will be released annually.
Distilled in 1989, the whisky has matured for three decades in Sherry hogsheads and Bourbon barrels. The liquid used to make the single malt will be selected from just two casks each year.
Bottled at a cask strength of 45.3% ABV, the new expression is said to be “defined, shaped and crafted by time”.
Bowmore plans to release a new edition of the 30-year-old bottling every year in limited quantities.
David Turner, Bowmore Distillery manager, said: “By adding an ongoing 30-year-old Bowmore to the portfolio, we are able to showcase how vital time spent in cask shapes and influences our spirit, making it even more exceptional and characterful.
“Each annual release will tell the rich stories of Bowmore, but importantly each will have their own unique style and character. As for this release, this is another perfect example of classic Bowmore but with boundless depth and intrigue reflecting the long standing interaction of spirit and wood.”
On the nose the whisky brings notes of heather, bananas, peaches, pineapple, vanilla and butterscotch. The palate offers tropical fruits and honey sweetness, along with subtle peat smoke and hints of eucalyptus.
Limited to 2,580 bottles for the 2020 release, Bowmore 30 Year Old will be available across all key markets for RRP US$1,850.
Last month, Beam Suntory-owned Bowmore created a new global campaign to celebrate more than 240 years of the brand’s history, called The Art of Time.