Latest Bowmore rare vintages now available in travel retail in China

By Faye Bartle |

Bowmore Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky 30-Year-Old vintage

Just 25 bottles of the Bowmore 30-Year-Old vintage are available in global travel retail.

Bowmore Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky has introduced the two latest aged and rare vintages in its 50-Year-Old Vault Series – 30-Year-Old and 40-Year-Old – into travel retail in China.

Just 20 bottles of the Bowmore 40-Year-Old and 321 bottles of the Bowmore 30-Year-Old will be available in global travel retail.

“These exceptionally rare single malt whiskies showcase our ongoing efforts to premiumise the Beam Suntory portfolio and to continue producing highly desirable liquids for our travel customers that are perfect for both collectors and investors alike,” commented Manuel González, Marketing Director of Global Travel Retail for Beam Suntory.

The Bowmore 30-Year-Old (45.1% ABV) single malt whisky has a rich, fruity and smoky style and a naturally burnished gold hue. It is characterised by aromas of ripe apricot, charred pineapple, mango and butterscotch with a taste of tropical fruits, honey, subtle peat smoke and hints of eucalyptus.

It has been nurtured for three decades in sherry hogsheads and bourbon barrels, and is crafted from just two casks each year. The liquid was bottled in 2000 from vintage 1989 stock.

Bowmore 30-Year-Old and 40-Year-Old rare aged vintages

The Bowmore 30-Year-Old and 40-Year-Old are ‘exceptionally rare single malt whiskies’

The Bowmore 40-Year-Old (48.7% ABV), inspired by the Islay in the Inner Hebrides where the distillery is located, is sure to appeal to collectors with just 159 bottles available globally.

It is a deep rich mahogany colour, with aromas of honey, treacle and exotic fruits combined with beeswax and caramel. On the palate, you can expect hints of pipe tobacco and chocolate along with spices, leather and chestnuts.


Earlier this month, Beam Suntory also announced the launch of Kilbeggan’s first ever limited-edition single malt, Kilbeggan 11 Year Old, in travel retail.Beam Suntory’s Kilbeggan launched its first ever limited-edition single malt, Kilbeggan 11 Year Old, in travel retail with Dublin Airport in May 2022.

It is available exclusively with Dublin Airport (from 10 May) as part of its Irish Whiskey Collection.

“Distilled in one of the world’s oldest copper pot stills, the liquid has been matured to perfection over 11 years,” said Jorge Verdeguer, Brand Manager Global Travel Retail at Beam Suntory. “This brand-new addition remains steeped in tradition and has a rich flavour, creating a unique and original spirit which we can’t wait for consumers to try.”

Tracey Jordan, Liquor & Tobacco Buyer at Dublin Airport, added: “We are thrilled to add the limited edition Kilbeggan Single Malt to our burgeoning Irish Whiskey Collection in both Dublin and Cork Airport. We’re committed to offering our customers exclusive experiences and offers, and this 11 Year Old Irish Whiskey is truly unique and special.”

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