Bowmore 18 Douglas Laing Old Particular
There are claims that Bowmore’s distillery started operation in 1779, but there’s no evidence of whisky being made until a certain John Simpson took out a licence in 1816. It wouldn’t be until 1837 when the Glasgow blending firm, Wm & Jas. Mutter took over that it began to gain traction and reputation. In 1841, Windsor Castle requested a cask of Bowmore – this being a time when the English palate was considered too delicate (or Scotch too bold). As often happens, the distillery passed through a number of hands before in this case it was bought, in 1963, by broker Stanley P. Morrison. The Morrison era saw the start of what is recognised as a legendary period in Bowmore’s history – its mid-1960s bottlings are legendary.
Bowmore is located in the centre of Islay and occupies a central role in the island’s whiskies. The distillery has retained its own floor maltings which account for 40% of its needs and when mixed with malt from the mainland results in a medium peated spirit.
- Distillery: Bowmore.
- Age/Name: 18 years old
- Size: 70cl
- Strength: 48.4% ABV
- Bottled By: Douglas Laing.
- Chill-Filtered: no
NOSE: Surprisingly smoke - then comes juicy plumbs, orange pith and milk chocolate.
PALATE: Fruity (Apple and strawberry conserve) initially, followed by a peated barley style.
FINISH: Lingers Beautifully - A balance of sweet fruits, marmalade and earthy peat.