Distilled : 17/09/1992 – Bottled : March 2012 – Cask number : 4192 – Alcool : 43 %
It is often said that Bowmore represents a transition between the heavily peated Islay malts Southern (Ardbeg, Lagavulin, Laphroaig) and those softer north (Bunnhahabhain, Bruichladdich, and in some ways, Caol Ila). It is not wrong, but it should not be assumed in so far as its malts are a sort of compromise.
Capitale de l’île d’Islay, Bowmore se situe pratiquement en son centre, sur le Loch Indaal. Elle possède une église très originale, car toute ronde, “afin que le diable ne vienne pas se loger dans un coin”. Signe de l’importance du whisky, l’école elle-même est dotée de cheminées en forme de pagodes. La distillerie Bowmore est installée au bord du loch, et un de ses chais est même situé en dessous du niveau de la mer.
Il est dit souvent que Bowmore représente une transition entre les malts très tourbés du sud d’Islay (Ardbeg, Lagavulin, Laphroaig), et ceux plus doux du nord (Bunnhahabhain, Bruichladdich, et Caol Ila par certains côtés).
Géographiquement et gustativement, les whiskys de Bowmore sont à mi-chemin entre les malts intenses de la côte sud et ceux du nord, plus légers.
The Bottler : MacKillop’s Choice
Even though individual casks of whisky are distilled on the same day at the same distillery, the whiskies’ flavours and tastes, after maturation in separate casks, may differ widely. Lorne’s personal selection, Mackillop’s Choice, gives the connoisseur the opportunity to savour the rich quality and unique taste of single cask whiskies from different distilleries and of different ages.
Due to each cask’s distinctiveness, once the cask has been bottled, it cannot be replaced. Whiskies from distilleries that are no longer producing are especially demanded by collectors, owing to the dwindling availability of these casks.
All casks to be bottled as Mackillop’s Choice have been selected by Lorne Mackillop himself after careful tasting. He selects only those casks that have matured with an excellent balance of flavours.
These flavours derive from the original spirit, having been tempered by many years in an oak cask. The whisky extracts from the oak great complexity of flavour, by a process that is still not fully understood.
Lorne rejects approximately 80% of the cask samples that he tastes as not being of sufficient high quality to bear the label of Mackillop’s Choice.
Islay, Isle of
The island of Islay (pronounces Eye-La), the most southerly of all the Hebrides, lies on the east coast of Kintyre.
It is flat, green and largely composed of peat (water on the island is brown with it mixed with peat). The harsh winter winds push the salty clouds far on the island, allowing the peat to soak in water, which is again dried by salty breezes of the sea. All these features make the charm of whiskeys from Islay, of great importance for some and less for others.
It has undoubtedly a privileged position in the world of whisky. The island has nine distilleries in activity and is carried by many whisky’s specialists as an autonomous region. It still remains parts of the installation of two other distilleries, such as warehouses, or in one case, an oven. In the best of times, there were here nearly 26 distilleries.