Limited-edition Bowmore whisky released to celebrate Scotland’s tournament return after 23 years

Whisky fans can now raise a glass to the Scotland men's team returning to a tournament after 23 years, as a limited edition single malt has been released.

Published 28th May 2021
Updated 28 th May 2021

The whisky has been ageing for nearly 23 years, and has only been released to mark Scotland’s reappearance at a major men’s football tournament.

Released by the Gleann Mòr Spirits Company, the Rare Find whisky has been produced in partnership with the Scotland National Team.

The whisky was first poured into its cask on 24 June 1998 – the day after Scotland went out of the World Cup to Morocco, losing 3-0 in St Etienne, France.

After decades of hurt, it will now be bottled the day before Scotland’s opening fixture of Euro 2020 against the Czech Republic on 14 June 2021 at Hampden Park, Glasgow.

It joins a line-up from Gleann Mòr, which include:

  • Glen Elgin 20-year-old single malt, £75 – a smooth dram combining Scottish honey, warm spice and butter toffee.
  • Scottish National Team blended malt whisky, £39 – a mix of select Speyside single malts, rich in lemon shortbread, dried fruit and toasted oak flavours.
  • Scottish National Team blended whisky, £25 – warming tones of toffee, vanilla, pears and spiced oak.

Karin Mair of Gleann Mòr Spirits said: “We are delighted to finally be able to share this special edition with Scotland’s long-suffering football fans.

“During the almost 23 years that it’s been ageing, Scotland may have endured football heartache, but this sublime single malt has been waiting patiently, developing its distinctively divine character.

“Along with the rest of the nation, we’ve also waited patiently, but the time has finally come to crack open this whisky and toast Scotland’s return to the major football stage.”

Only 280 individually numbered bottles will be made available, giving whisky lovers an opportunity to own a unique piece of Scottish footballing history.

Karin added: “This whisky is a truly historic collector’s item that no fan of football or fine malt will want to miss.

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“Its creation has been a long time coming and we know there will be plenty to celebrate on and off the pitch when it’s finally poured."

The limited-edition Rare Find originated from Cask 353892 at the Bowmore distillery and is available to pre-order for £499.

To find out more and order, visit the Rare Find whisky website.

Tasting notes

Big, bold and salty on the nose with a hint of sweet autumnal peat and baked apples in the mouth, the sweet peat develops into a sugary cereal layer with a softly spice, gentle ash and a dulcet phenolic finish.

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Known for cake making, experimental jam recipes, Champagne, whisky and gin drinking (and the inability to cook Gnocchi), Rosalind is the Food and Drink Editor and whisky writer for The Scotsman, as well as hosting Scran, The Scotsman's food and drink podcast.
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