Whisky Magazine Issue 107
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I have several hand-blown bottles of the Bowmore Bicentennial edition, complete with the wooden case. It is one of the finest whiskies I have ever tasted but it seems too valuable for me to drink at this time. May I have your comments? I also have a single bottle of a Bowmore with a label that states a 1969 vintage. I have never seen this label on any other bottle, and I've been drinking Bowmore for more than 30 years!
E Goldstein – by email
Despite Bowmore distillery celebrating its bicentenary in 1979, there are usually still a dozen or more opportunities to buy this bottle at auction each year. Even in the last two years, it has increased in value by about 20 per cent and trades for between £550-650. I would stick to the old adage of ‘drink one, keep one', especially if you still have a number in your possession. There are a number of Bowmore bottlings with the date 1969 on the label including the recent Bowmore 40 Years Old bottle cask 2161, a Bowmore 25 Years Old distilled in 1969, and some export bottles but these examples usually carry an age statement.
Without a photograph, I suspect you have the Bowmore 1969 matured in sherry casks dating from the 1980s and bottled at 43%. McTear's, Glasgow auctioned one of these bottles for £340 in March 2011.
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