Bowmore 12 year old Single Malt Scotch Whisky from the 1980s (30ml dram)


About This Dram

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This 12-year-old single malt was distilled by Bowmore Distillery and bottled in an iconic dumpy bottle for release in the 1980s.

The current retail price of a 750ml bottle is £700.

About This Whisky

Distilled At: Bowmore Distillery

Region: Islay

Bottled By: Distillery

Type: Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Age: 12 year

Bottled: 1980's

Dram Size: 30ml miniature

Alcohol by Volume: 43%

About this Bowmore Single Malt Scotch

The whisky in CBTD NO.20 is a 12-year-old single malt that was distilled at Bowmore Distillery and bottled by the distillery for release in the 1980s, in a classic dumpy bottle. 

About Bowmore Distillery 

A distillery was first founded at Bowmore distillery in 1799, although there was no evidence of whisky production at the site until John Simpson obtained a licence for a distillery in 1816. Located in the centre of Islay on the eastern shores of Loch Indaal, the Bowmore distillery is associated with the production of medium peated and smoky Islay whisky. The medium peated character is a result of Bowmore’s malting process; the distillery is notable for being one of very few still producing malted grain on site. The distillery produces 40 percent of its total demand, which is then mixed with malt grain sourced on the mainland.

The Bowmore distillery saw a number of owners until it was acquired in 1963 by Stanley P. Morrison who would undertake a substantial modernisation of the distillery. Morrison installed an innovative heat recovery system and oversaw many of the bottlings released in the 1960s-1970s, which have since attained legendary status amongst whisky drinkers. In 1989, the Japanese distiller Suntory bought a stake in the Bowmore distillery before assuming full ownership in 1994.

Bowmore distillery’s Number 1 warehouse vault is perceived to be ideal for long term maturation due to a unique microclimate resulting from the vault being built below the sea level of Loch Indaal. In recent years Bowmore’s range of expressions has diversified as approximately 20 percent of the distillery’s output is now aged in ex-sherry casks and the remainder in former Bourbon casks, allowing a 2007 revamp of Bowmore’s traditional range alongside a series of sherried and peated special releases.

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How much is shipping?

Shipping charges are calculated during checkout, depending on where you live and how many bottles you’re buying. Shipping within the UK is free on orders over £100.

What you need to know about taxes

All alcoholic products sold by TopWhiskies are sold subject to UK alcohol tax, which is already included in the price.

UK sales are subject to VAT (currently 20%), which is included in the price. Sales outside of the UK are not subject to this tax, and international prices do not include it.

We use a specialist US shipper who sorts out US taxes. These costs are factored into the US shipping charges. So shipping may look pricey, but remember it covers your taxes as well.

For all other territories, including those in Europe, please note: your order could be subject to local sales taxes and duties upon arrival in the destination country. All additional charges are the responsibility of the recipient. As customs policies vary widely from country to country, TopWhiskies has no control over these charges, so you should contact your local customs office for further information. If you refuse to pay any import duties and taxes, this could result in the goods being destroyed by customs or being returned back to us - any refund offered would include a deduction of our costs. 

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