1995 Bowmore 22 Year Old K&L Exclusive "Sovereign" Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky (750ml) SKU #1330633


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Tasting Notes

We're going back to the Bowmore well again this winter, albeit with an older cask (22 years instead of 20) for an ever better price ($139 instead of $149)!! Aged in a refill hogshead cask and bottled at full proof with no chill-filtration, this is yet another must-have Islay malt for peat fans who like a bit of richness with their smoke. What stands out immediately about this 22 year old Bowmore is the creamy texture and the sweetness of the malt. The initial palate sensations are sweet vanilla and soft, supple oak, before the phenolics kick in and couple with the salty brine, emblematic of a whisky clearly aged by the sea. The finish brings forward notes of ash and campfire smoke, smoldering embers intermixing with what's left of the sweet malt character. With supplies of rare Islay casks dwindling on the wholesale market currently, we're thrilled with the pricing and we hope you are as well. This Bowmore 22 year is representative of everything our direct purchasing program strives to achieve.

Staff Reviews

  • Andrew Whiteley
    By: Andrew Whiteley
    K&L Staff Member
    As my colleague Alex said when I asked if he had tasted our sample bottle, "It's one of the best scotches that has ever passed my lips." I think that sums things up nicely. Especially when you consider the context. 22 years old, cask strength, single barrel, etc...I can't argue. This whisky ranks. It's loaded with citrus, fresh peat smoke, sugar candy and caramels. It's a little salty. That classic brine character really shines through and complements the delicate fruitiness that lingers on the palate. Add in the complex herbaceous notes that waft in and out and you've got yourself a very complete, very balanced whisky. In short: you've got old Bowmore. I expect the only complaints we will register in the Spirits department on this one are about not having enough bottles to sell.
  • David Driscoll
    By: David Driscoll
    K&L Staff Member
    Let’s go down the list with what is yet another stunning deal from our direct barrel program with Sovereign: 1) the standard edition of Bowmore 25 year sells for about $400, while the standard 18 year comes in around $130. At full proof, this 22 year comes in at well less than the 25 and for only a bit more than the distillery’s 18 year old edition. That’s a great price. 2) Despite the isolated single barrel character, this whisky is incredibly balanced. You’ve got loads of vanilla, plenty of peat smoke, and a lovely, oily texture. You’d think this was blended into a harmony, but it just so happens to taste that way right out of the cask! 3) Finding Islay whiskies with age in this market is getting harder and harder. We can get as much no-name Highland whisky as our customers can buy, but to secure barrels from the legendary peated whisky distilleries is becoming a tough task. I’m doing everything I can to lock down more supply, but the truth is it’s not something I can assume will continue with any frequency at this point. Needless to say, you can’t go wrong with a classic expression of Bowmore. This isn’t an anomaly in any way. It’s everything you hope it will be with no rough edges and plenty of richness to balance out the campfire notes.
  • Alex Schroeder
    By: Alex Schroeder
    K&L Staff Member
    This is one of the best expressions of Islay peat that I’ve ever tasted. The peat is subtle on this one, almost lost in the aromas of honeyed grains and marmalade on the nose. On the palate, the smoke shows up elegantly behind the rich creamy sweetness of the malt, eventually matching that intensity for a full proof, 51% abv masterpiece. The complex and delicious flavors stick around for an incredible finish.


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