3rd June 2019: Bowmore has been awarded gold medals for its 15-Year-Old and 18-Year-Old in the Whisky category at the International Spirits Challenge (ISC) 2019. Such an accolade from the ISC is regarded to be the most respected and sought after in the drinks industry, due to the stringent nature of the judging process.
The Bowmore 15-Year-Old and 18-Year-Old passed a scrupulous blind tasting by a world-renowned expert panel of specialist judges to beat strong competition to win the prestigious accolade of gold. The quality of Bowmore’s craftsmanship and liquid is reflected in this superb result.
Matured first in bourbon barrels then Oloroso casks, there’s no finer example of a sherry cask finish than the Bowmore 15-Year-Old. It’s the final three years spent in Oloroso sherry casks that gives Bowmore 15-Year-Old the rich, deep colour and robust warming finish.
Cosseted away in the finest, hand-selected oak casks and allowed to mature at its own sedate pace, the Bowmore 18-Year-Old is one of the most remarkable, perfectly balanced single malt scotch whiskies of its kind. One of the rarest whiskies, bottles of Bowmore 18-Year-Old may be limited, but there’s no end to its enjoyment.
Awards Organiser Justin Smith said: “This ISC grows every year, with producers entering a diverse mix of spirits from across the globe who are looking to benchmark their spirit at the very highest level”.
Chiara Giovanacci, International Marketing Manager Malts for Beam Suntory, commented: “Both the Bowmore 15-year-old and Bowmore 18-year-old are exceptional whiskies meticulously matured and sitting proudly at the heart of our portfolio. To be recognised by such a prestigious and respected awards organisation demonstrates their qualities as two of the finest aged single malts in the world.”
Now in its 24th year, the ISC is the premier event in promoting outstanding quality spirits from across the globe. The competition is founded on a rigorous and independent judging process, which serves to encourage the high calibre of spirits and designs entered into the competition each year. Receiving more than 1,700 entries from nearly 70 countries worldwide, the ISC is a truly global competition. It is supported by many of the world’s leading spirits producers as the international standard for quality and excellence.
For the Tasting Awards, a highly controlled operation is held over fifteen days of intense blind tastings by panels of more than 50 respected and experienced industry professionals. Samples are delivered to the judging area in flights of numbered tasting glasses to ensure the accuracy of the blind tasting. Each judge assesses products according to their age, region and variety which is then determined by the entrant and verified by the chairman.
Such a precise judging process has provided the basis of the strong reputation the ISC has established for rewarding quality and celebrating excellence.
Full results have been released and published on the International Spirits Challenge (ISC) website, www.
On 10th July, the world’s leading drinks producers and design specialists will gathered at The Plaisterers Hall, London for the annual ISC Awards Dinner. Paying tribute to some of the finest spirits, and packaging designs in the world, results for categories are announced with the evening highlights, which include the acclaimed Trophies, Producer of the year, Distiller of the Year, Supreme Champion Spirit and Special Recognition awards.
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This unique liquid from the home of the legendary No.1 Vaults, the oldest maturation warehouse in the world, has spent 20 years maturing in a single sherry cask, developing deep layers of flavour. Bowmore ® 1997 offers a rich nose with notes of malty biscuit, dried flowers and a hint of white pepper alongside buttery toffee, freshly roasted coffee and vanilla sponge cake.
On the palate, flavours develop into sweet peat with burnt wood and light barbecue ash notes alongside lemon zest. Gentle vanilla and dried wood complement the peated malt character, with a sweet and smoky finish and lingering herbal and floral notes. Just 198 numbered bottles of Bowmore 1997 will be available to global travellers exclusively from Heathrow T2, T3, T4 & T5 in World Duty Free’s “World of Whiskies” stores, at an RRP of £295.
The expression will be launched on 7 December, when Bowmore® Distillery Manager, David Turner, will be in the World of Whiskies stores in Heathrow T2 and T5 to sign bottles of this limited release. Along with overseeing the day-to-day running of the distillery, David acts as guardian of the precious whiskies that lay maturing in the legendary No.1 Vaults. Using a portfolio of skills developed over his 25-year career at Bowmore®, David carefully hand-selects casks for maturation, keeping a watchful eye on the ageing spirits to determine exactly the right time to bottle the liquid gold inside.
Speaking about the expression, Ed Stening, Global Marketing Director of Beam Suntory Global Travel Retail, says: “Bowmore is a Single Malt with an incredibly rich history rooted in our legendary No.1 Vaults, which has shaped the distinctive character of whiskies made here for over 200 years.
As a brand, Bowmore is growing fast in Travel Retail and is very popular with travellers looking to take home a slice of this history and character. We are very excited to be working with Dufry, a long-term supporter of Bowmore, to offer this unique and brilliant single cask expression to their discerning,passionate customers.”
Matthew Scott-Fairweather, Liquor Product and Promotions Manager UK and Central Europe of Dufry adds: “We’re thrilled to be working with Beam Suntory to offer this exceptional whisky from Bowmore exclusively to our customers. We are confident that this will become an instant collector’s edition.”
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15 February 2017 – Bowmore® Islay Single Malt Whisky, home to the world’s oldest scotch maturation
warehouse, has announced the launch of Bowmore® Vault Edit1°n Atlantic Sea Salt, the debut release in a
four-part limited edition collection of whiskies. From now until the end of 2019 a new whisky will be released
every year, each of which will unlock one of Bowmore®’s four key flavours; Atlantic sea salt, peat smoke,
vanilla sweetness and citrus fruits. Crafted in the unique conditions of Bowmore®’s maturation warehouse
the No.1 Vaults, Bowmore® Vault Edit1°n Atlantic Sea Salt is the ideal gift for whisky lovers with a savoury
AN UNRIVALLED SERIES
Bowmore®’s unparalleled range of award-winning single malts is renowned for four key flavour characteristics
found in every bottle. From the salty sea spray of the Atlantic Ocean that pounds the distillery’s ancient coastal
wall, to the gentle peat smoke synonymous with this famous Islay malt, Bowmore® will proudly showcase its
distinctive qualities with the launch of the Vault Edit1°n series.
UNLOCK HIDDEN DEPTHS
The Vault Edit1°n series takes its name from Bowmore®’s
legendary No.1 Vaults, which was established in 1779. It has been
said that time stands still in the chilling sea-air atmosphere of the
No.1 Vaults and transforms single malt whisky into liquid gold to
create Bowmore®’s perfectly balanced expressions and the
distinctive flavours highlighted by this series: Atlantic sea salt,
peat smoke, sweetness and citrus fruits.
AN OCEAN OF FLAVOUR
Aged in ex-bourbon casks, the first release in this highly
anticipated new series will highlight Bowmore®’s distinctive salty
flavour profile with notes of salted honeycomb and Atlantic sea
spray perfectly balanced with notes of sun-ripened fruits, zingy
spiced cocoa and blood orange. Created using hand selected casks
to create a refined liquid of greater depth, Bowmore® Vault
Edit1°n Atlantic Sea Salt reflects the distinctive climate in the
depths of the No. 1 Vaults. This sublime whisky is awash with
blackberry, sea salt and kumquat offering a lasting finish that
opens out like the vast Atlantic Ocean that the Bowmore® distillery overlooks.
Bowmore® Vault Edit1°n Atlantic Seat Salt will be available at specialist whisky retailers, as part of a fourpart
limited edition series, one of which will be released each year between now and 2019. The next
release in the Vault Edit1°n series will be Vault Edit1°n Peat Smoke.
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