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Bowmore 1981 SMWS 3.16

Lot: 5074132

Bowmore 1981 SMWS 3.16

Winning Bid: £650
(Reserve has been met) This lot currently has: 13 bids

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Lot:
Distillery: 
Bowmore
Age: 
N/A
Vintage: 
1981
Region: 
Islay
Bottler: 
SMWS
Bottled Strength: 
58.1%
Bottle Size: 
70cl
Distillery Status: 
Operational
product Details

Bowmore 1981 SMWS 3.16

The Scotch Malt Whisky Society (SMWS) was founded in 1983 by a group of friends lead by tax accountant Phillip ‘Pip’ Hills as a private members club. The concept behind the society was to source casks from all over Scotland which would then be bottled and made available exclusively to its members. Perhaps the most famous feature of these bottles are the unique codes. Each distillery is represented by a different number and the following digits indicate that particular release. That same year, the SMWS set up its first location in Leith’s Vault buildings in Edinburgh where it still stands today.

This 1981 Bowmore was bottled in 1993.

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. The unique microclimate in their iconic No.1 vaults shares very little with the angels, meaning casks are readily available for independent labels like this, many of which are spectacular.

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