Line product BBR Rétro
Archive BOWMORE 23 ans 1987

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Tasting note

  • Appearance : jaune doré.
  • Nose : intense, complexe. premier nez : du zan à la violette, des épices (girofle, safran), de l’orge maltée, des notes marines et huileuses (poisson). deuxième nez : de la réglisse noire, du grésil, des fleurs blanches, des notes minérales (mine de crayon) et pralinées. troisième nez : des fruits exotiques (mangue, ananas), la violette est devenue médicinale (teinture d’iode).
  • Palate : riche, particulièrement exacerbée. Son attaque : sur le malt vert, la terre humide et la tourbe grasse. Son milieu : sensation d’apesanteur, une tourbe ciselée, des fruits secs (abricot, brugnon), du musc, du bois épicé, de la racine de gentiane et de la noix fraîche. Son prolongement : à la manière d’un vin Jaune du Jura, des épices nobles (curry, safran). Des champignons, de l’iode, des fleurs capiteuses (pivoine, lilas) évoquent un Vosne-Romanée d’un grand terroir, les Jachées.
  • Overall : longue, évanescente. Ambiance maritime : elle nous emmène en Méditerranée (bouillabaisse, rouille). Ambiance épicée : du poivre noir, de la cannelle, du coriandre et du gingembre frais. Ambiance Islay : elle restitue l’atmosphère saturée de fumée des kilns de Bowmore. Fraîche, elle reprend le registre exotique du nez (mangue, passion, goyave).
The brand

The brand

Bowmore, founded in 1779 in the town of the same name on the Loch Indaal coast, is the oldest distillery on the Isle of Islay. The No.1 Vaults has played a major role in building its renown, not simply because of the quality of the casks it holds, but also because of its exceptional location. It is actually located below sea level, with the seawall acting as the one of the walls of the vault. The distillery is also famous for its medium-peated bottlings and the special cask finishes that have won it huge acclaim. Still operating according to traditional methods, its barley is partially malted on site. Find out more


Created in 1698, Berry Bros. & Rudd is one of the oldest wine and spirits merchants in the United Kingdom. Official suppliers to the British crown since the 18th century, the Berry and Rudd family is best known for offering a range of original and innovative products. The London shop located at 3 St James Street is a testament to the history of their knowledge and expertise and known for being home to experts with extremely high standards. In its role as a spirits bottler, Berry Bros. & Rudd selects and bottles high-quality whiskies and rums under the names “Berrys’ Own Selection, “BBR Retro” and “Exceptional Casks”.

The line

Berry Bros Retro is a range that was created in 2008 in order to bring together this 300-year-old supplier’s special releases of very small numbers of bottles. Bottled from a single cask without chill filtering, the addition of caramel or any dilution, all the whiskies in this collection have a label with an old engraving from the Berry Bros & Rudd shop, with the entrance to Saint James’s palace in the background. All the single malts in this range are bottled exclusively for La Maison du Whisky, who is responsible for their selection.

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