Bowmore 1982 31 Years Old Tantalus by Duncan Taylor

$4,650 AUD

 48.5% 700 ml

 A tantalus is a wooden stand for spirit decanters with the defining feature of a lock and key. Many believe these stands were designed to limit unauthorised access to its precious contents by the servants or children of the house.

The Duncan Taylor Tantalus Collection contains exceptional single malt and single grain whiskies from some of Scotland’s most sought after, closed and rare distilleries. They are all bottled at natural cask strength and non-chill filtered.

The whiskies are presented in hand blown decanters, housed in an elegant hand-crafted Tantalus made from the very casks that matured the whiskies of this range and encased in leather sleeves, all exclusively designed for Duncan Taylor.

This superb Bowmore is a respectable 31 years of age from cask no 85023. Distilled at the historic Bowmore distillery in 1982, this whisky had no idea that one day it would be sitting in a luxurious decanter, held by a Tantalus made from the cask which aged the whisky for all of those 31 years before being bottled in 2013!


This product is located in the United Kingdom.


Bowmore Distillery

A distillery of great antiquity, distinguished provenance and an assured future, Bowmore is one of the gems of Islay. And so it was when I visited there in 1985 when it was still firmly in the ownership of Stanley P Morrison Ltd., proudly proclaiming itself to be “Morrison’s Bowmore Distillery”. Thus it remained from 1963 when Morrison’s acquired it, until 1994 when the Japanese Suntory Company took over the distillery in its entirety, having first taken a share holding in 1989. Since 2014 it has been part of the Beam Suntory empire, along with nearby Laphroaig.

The two outstanding features at Bowmore for me – which I believe are still applicable – were the dedication to continue with the distillery’s own floor maltings and the – presumably beneficial – maritime influence on the product, as a result of much of the distillery being actually on the sea wall. This is believed to be a positive, not only in terms of maturation, but also with the processes of malting, brewing and distilling by preventing the growth of harmful bacteria and fungi.