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.
Released in 2020, this was the first in a new year series of annual releases for a sought-after age statement due to the popularity and collectablity of the "sea dragon" decanters in the 1990s.
The 2020 edition was distilled in 1989 and matured in both sherry hogsheads and bourbon barrels. One of 2,580 bottles.