Introducing: DORUS MOR, SMALL BATCH RELEASE NO. 1
BOWMORE® ISLAY SINGLE MALT SCOTCH WHISKY
INTRODUCES DORUS MOR, SMALL BATCH RELEASE NO. 1
This Cask Strength, Non-Chill Filtered 10 Years Old Single Malt
Is The ONLY Bowmore Expression Named By The People, Via Popular Vote on Facebook
Islay, Scotland (January 1, 2013) – Bowmore®, the first Islay Single Malt whisky, introduces Dorus Mor 10 Years Old Small Batch Release No. 1, the first malt from this esteemed distillery ever named by its consumers. Bowmore was in a bottle-naming predicament. This 10 Year Old small batch, limited edition expression has been released annually by Bowmore since 2009 under a ‘tempestuous’ name that, as of 2012, could no longer be used in the United States. So Bowmore went to the people and the people made their voices (and votes) heard and named this year’s release Dorus Mor, the Gaelic word for an area of rough, wild water. Bowmore Dorus Mor 10 Years Old Small Batch Release No. 1 will be available ONLY in the U.S. (under this name) beginning January 2013 and will retail for $119.99. It is non-chill filtered and bottled at cask strength, 55.1% ABV with 2,400 bottles of this annual limited edition available in the U.S.
Dorus Mor is an apt name for this Bowmore expression because unpredictable and rough weather is almost an everyday occurrence at Loch Indaal, home to the Bowmore distillery, where it can go from flat calm to churning whitecaps and huge swells and back again in the span of a few minutes. The might of the gales have battered the Scottish island of Islay that Bowmore has called its home since 1779.
Tasting Notes for Dorus Mor 10 Years Old Small Batch Release No. 1
This very special whisky tastes of the very sea itself, bursting with the soul of the untamed Scottish weather. Dorus Mor carries the aroma of dry peat, lemon pepper spice, and a sea-salt tang with hints of citrus. Matured in first fill bourbon barrels for 10 years, which over time help to bring out Bowmore’s trademark peat smokiness, this non chill-filtered, cask-strength (110 proof) release is a formidable tour de force worthy of its strong name.
THE BOWMORE DISTILLERY
Founded in 1779, Bowmore is the oldest Distillery on Islay. Islay malts are famous for their characteristic smokiness and Bowmore is no exception. Bowmore carefully smokes its malt and uses skills handed down from generation to generation to craft a perfectly balanced single malt. Bowmore’s adherence to traditional production methods helps to shape the character of its single malts – they are one of only a few distilleries anywhere which still produces its own floor malted barley, hand-turned by traditional wooden malt shovels. It draws water from the Laggan River, with its rich peaty overtones, and it’s the same Islay peat that fires the malt drying kiln.
Bowmore Distillery’s close proximity to the sea is also vital in determining the final character of the spirit. The famous Bowmore No. 1 Vaults is where most of the whiskies spend their time resting quietly in the cool, dark, damp cellars below sea level, oblivious to the waves thrashing the Vault’s sea-facing wall. They mature in oak casks, previously used for bourbon, sherry or claret, gradually developing rich and mellow flavors. It’s this combination of peat, barley, sea breeze, water, wood, people and tradition that together create the perfectly balanced warm and smoky character of Bowmore single malt whiskies.