Bowmore Distillery, the oldest on the whisky isle of Islay, is celebrating what they are calling a “momentous” month in Spetember – after releasing two of their rarest ever whiskies and picking up three prizes at the Icons of Whisky (Scotland) Awards.
As well as their ‘sublime’ Fino Cask 1964 single malt, Bowmore released the oldest Islay malt ever bottled – the 1957 Bowmore. Aged for an incredible 54 years, only 8 bottles have been produced and they are to go on auction for charity starting next month with a reserve price of £100,000.
In addition, the distillery manager Eddie MacAffer won Distillery Manager of the Year at Whisky Magazine’s Icons awards, after 40 years at Bowmore. Eddie shared the award with John McLellan of Kilchoman.
The Whisky Ambassador of the Year award went to Bowmore’s Iain McCallum, who the judges described as “a new breed of ambassador who manages to mix a mastery of hard-core technical knowledge with a rare passion for the fun aspect of whisky”.
Finally, parent company Morrison Bowmore Distillers, which also owns Auchentoshan and Glen Garioch, collected the Distiller of the Year Award.
And Bowmore promise that October could be every bit as interesting, with the auction pf the first two bottles of Bowmore 1957 and the release of Batch 4 of their award-winning Bowmore Tempest.