Bowmore 1996 (23 year old) Carn Mor Celebration of the Cask #901278
This superb release form the iconic Bowmore distillery was bottles by Morrison Scotch Whisky Distillers as a part of their Celebration of the Cask range of whiskies. Maturred for 23 long years in a Sherry Butt. this rare single malt was bottles at natural cask strength on 07SEP20. There was only 471 bottles released to the world at large.
Bowmore Distillery is located in Islay. It was founded in 1779 and like many distilleries it went through many sells and acquisitions throughout its history. The most notable acquisition took place in 1963, when production capacity increased, and 1994 when the distillery was bought by the Suntory group from Japan.
From then on Bowmore introduced a range of whiskies with different age statements. These days, the distillery is on of very few distilleries to still have its malting floors operational. Although there are 3 malting floors at the distillery, the vast majority of the barley comes from maltings at different locations.
Its whisky has a distinctive and predominantly smokey flavour. Phenolic and medicinal flavours are subdued. The distillery uses cloudy wort and a short fermentation period of just 48 hours.