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Gold joins Black and White

The launch of Gold Bowmore, a 44-year-old single malt, completes a trilogy of highly collectable rare vintage Scotch whiskies.

Just 701 bottles have been released, hand-numbered and encased in a Burr Elm box. It is the oldest release from this Islay distillery.

Gold Bowmore (42.4%, rrp £3,000) has been created from the same spirit as the first two in the trilogy – Bowmore White and Bowmore Black – with the taste of each influenced by the different casksin which they were matured. Gold Bowmore has matured in three Bourbon casks and a single Oloroso cask.

The trilogy began in 2007 with Black Bowmore. Matured purely in Oloroso casks, ebony in colour with aromas of exotic fruits, ginger and cinnamon, there were just 827 bottles produced. 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 and launched with just 732 bottles. All three spirits come from the same year – the first time a Bowmore trilogy has been created this way.

Gold Bowmore is ebony in colour with aromas of exotic fruits, ginger and cinnamon. The palate combines ripe mango, toffee and dark chocolate with the faintest hint of Islay peat smoke.

The original trilogy
The original Black Bowmore trilogy, released in 1993, 1994 and 1995. These highly acclaimed limited editions are some of the most collectable in the world and in 2007 an original set sold for US$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, taking the last of the spirit from this amazing distillation.

1 September 2009 - Felicity Murray