Anchor Point:Bowmore gold top of pageFirst there was black... and then white... and now the exquisite trilogy of Bowmore whiskies is complete with the release of the exclusive 44 year-old single malt Gold Bowmore.
Multi-award winning Bowmore whiskies are considered by many to be the most collectible in the world, coming from Bowmore's famous weather beaten distillery on the Scottish Island of Islay.
Only 701 bottles of unique and sought-after Gold Bowmore spirit will be released, hand-numbered and encased in a Burr Elm box.
Gold Bowmore is the final part of the trilogy which began back in 1964. Other Bowmore "trilogies" have brought as much as $18,000 at auction ().
The Gold Bowmore is the oldest ever to be released from the distillery, and has been created from the same hand-crafted spirit as the first two in the trilogy with the individual taste of each influenced by the different casks they were matured in.
Gold Bowmore is uniquely matured in three Bourbon casks and a single Oloroso cask then carefully married together, "to make a spirit richly gold in colour with a finish that is beautifully balanced yet incredibly complex," according to John Hansell, publisher and editor of Malt Advocate magazine.
The trilogy began in 2007 with Black Bowmore, of which only 827 bottles were produced. It was matured purely in Oloroso casks and ebony in colour with aromas of exotic fruits, ginger and cinnamon.
This was followed last year by the release of White Bowmore, matured in Bourbon casks, the colour of golden syrup and scents of galia melon, mango and papaya; limited to just 732 bottles.
All three spirits come from the same year: the first time a Bowmore trilogy has been created this way.
Eddie McAffer, Distillery Manager at Bowmore commented:
"I am so proud to see this last and very special part of the trilogy released. At Bowmore we put everything we have into every single bottle,"
"But this Gold Bowmore is something quite unique, embodying everything that is special about the whisky and from a year when things at the Bowmore distillery really went into a new era."
Gold Bowmore (42.4%) will be available for pre-orders from September 1 at Harrods, Whisky Exchange, Fortnum & Masons, Vintage House and Harvey Nicols.
It will then be on sale from September 23, priced at £3,000 RRP.
Bowmore's original trilogy is renowned among whisky lovers, and was released in 1993, 1994 and 1995.
These highly acclaimed limited editions are some of the most collectible in the world.
In 2007, an original set sold for $18,000 at Christies - the highest amount ever reached for whisky at a world auction.
The new Black, White and Gold trilogy are a reflection of this original trio, and take the last of the spirit from the legendary and sought-after distillery. ()