Whisky Review: Bowmore 26 Years Old 1989 Authentic Collection

Category: Islay single malt scotch whisky

Origin: Bowmore Distillery

Bottling: Cadenhead’s; Authentic Collection

ABV: 56.5%

Cost: ~ £150 at auction


What they say:

A 26 year old Bowmore bottled by Cadenhead’s.

Distilled in 1989 and bottled in 2015 from a single bourbon hogshead.

One of 210 bottles.

What I say:

A 26 year old single cask Bowmore, distilled in 1989 and bottled in 2015, produced by Cadenheads and barley costing 3 figures unlike official Bowmore bottlings.


Antique champagne gold (5/20), quick large tears & medium legs


Chalky, vanilla and fruit, peach, banana, mango, pineapple, gentle peat smoke, seashells/calcium carbonate, perfumed, dusty, floral violets, talcum powder (a hint of the famed Bowmore FWP?)


Rounded and lively on the palate, hints of spices, peaty edge and fruity, love heart sweeties, zesty sherbet but well-sugared and with a richness of honey & syrup too, thins and a little heat appears with more peat and drying tannic tea, wood & charcoal.


Long, sweet icing sugar, dusty char and wood, charcoal and parma violets


A little reserved, old and tempered peat allows a little cereal, fruit and florality to shine through, my final comment was ‘it is still punchier than official bottlings’ – of which I have found rather tame of late!

Score: 87/100

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