Bowmore at Chateau Lagrange 25 Year Old Auld Alliance Celebration Edition
Islay’s oldest working distillery, Bowmore was established in 1779 and is now regarded as one of the most popular malts not only on Islay, but in the whole of Scotland. The distillery was acquired by Stanley P. Morrison in 1963, ushering in an era of iconic single malts, including the legendary Black Bowmore, credited by many as the genesis of whisky collecting, bottled in 1993. The distillery was bought under the control Suntory the year after (they had been stakeholders since 1989), and it remains one of the most collectible brands in Scotch whisky today. Bowmore is one of the few remaining Scottish distilleries to use its own floor maltings, providing them with 40% of their requirements.
Following Suntory's acquisition of the controlling stake in Bowmore distillery in 1994, a celebration dinner was arranged the following year at its Chateau Lagrange winery in Bordeaux. This was a bringing together of two of the Japanese firm's finest assets in the wine and spirits industry, and the event was dubbed "The Auld Alliance Reception" after the historic friendship between Scotland and France which dates back to the late 13th century (generally manifested at the expense of the English).
This is one of just 75 bottles given to attendees of the dinner in 1995. The relationship between the Chateau and the distillery is as strong as ever to this day, and French oak casks are regularly shipped to the No.1 Vaults in Islay, producing a string of high-profile releases over the years.
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