Old Masters – Cask strenght
Distilled : 1996 – Bottled : 2009 – Cask number : 96003 – Alcool : 58,80 % vol
(86.5 = very good to excellent whiskies definitely worth buying.) nose 20.5 taste 22.5 finish 21.5 balance 22. Despite the limitations of the cask, this is sweet and malty and at times the chocolate fudge hits the spots. You fancy a bit of smoke has crept in there, too. (Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible 2012)
Capitale de l’île d’Islay, la distillerie 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.
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The bottler : James MacArthur
James MacArthur was established in 1982 with the aim of selecting whiskies from Scottish Distilleries which were either not very well known or had ceased to operate and bottling them at cask strength, thus introducing whisky drinkers to distilleries they had never heard of.
This policy has been continued, with top quality single barrel bottlings from a wide selection of distilleries. Whiskies are currently bottled at ages ranging from 10 years to 30 years and at both cask strength and 45%vol. These are fine examples of the quality and variety available from each whisky producing region and the Company has won several awards over the years for its bottlings, both internationally and in the UK. Our bottlings are also well received by Jim Murray in the Whisky Bible, the Spirit Journal in the U.S.A. and by Malt Maniacs in Europe.
James MacArthur’s Old Masters, Cask strength whiskies are bottled at natural strength and without the whisky having been chill-filtered or having colour added. The 45% bottlings, although reduced in strength, are similarly non chill-filtered and have no added colour. The aim is to offer a product which is as natural as possible and which retains its original characteristics and flavours.
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.