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Founded in1779 by John Simpson.
Location Islay region Loch Indaal Bowmore
Water Source Laggen River
Bowmore Distilling Equipment
3 Malting Floors and kilns still in use
Wood encased, Copper Domed Stainless Steel Mash Tun
6 Oregon Pine Washbacks
4 Pot Stills- 2 Wash, 2 Spirit, No two identical, Single union, With three internal and one external condenser. (Forthes of Rothes)
Matured in American Bourbon and Spanish Oloroso oak casks.
Other casks are used for finishing.
Isle of Islay,
Tel: +44 (0)1496 8104411
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Bowmore Scotch Whisky
Distillery Style Tasting Notes
Nose: Bonfire smoke and seaweed.
Palate: Medium to full bodied. Very smoky, complex peat, heather, and spices.
Finish: Long, salty and smoky.
Bowmore Core Range Awards
Bowmore 12 Year Old
International Wine & Spirit Competition - Trophy Winner
International Spirits Challenge - Gold Medal.
Bowmore 15 Year Old Darkest
International Wine & Spirit Competition - Silver Medal
International Spirits Challenge - Trophy Winner
San Francisco World Spirit Competition - Gold Medal
Bowmore Malt Whisky Distillery History
Founded in 1779 by John Simpson and so has claim to being the oldest "legal" distillery on the island and the twelfth oldest distillery in Scotland John Simpson also managed the nearby, long gone, Tallant Distillery.
In 1852 Bowmore was acquired by W & J Mutters whom expanded the distillery premises increasing the warehousing and kilns
When the journalist and author Alfred Barnard visited Bowmore during the 1880’s it was the second most productive distillery in Islay after Ardbeg. There were 12 legal distilleries that existed on the island at that time.
Bowmore was sold in 1890 to a group of London businessmen who formed the company Bowmore Distillery Limited.
During 1925 the distillery became Sherrif’s Bowmore Distillery. with periods of closure during the 1930s and the forced closure during the Second World war the distillery was taken over by William Grigor & Sons Ltd in 1950.
Stanley P. Morrison bought the distillery in 1963. He made several upgrades to the site and also restored the mash tun, which still is in use today.
In the middle of the 1960’s Jim McEvan joined the Bowmore staff, becoming the Distillery Manager in 1984 and was credited as the main contributor to the distillery’s successes during 1980’s and 1990’s. Ian McPherson inherited this title in 2000 when Jim McEvan left to manage the neighbour distillery Bruichladdich Distillery
In 1994 Morrison Bowmore Distillers Ltd became part of Suntory of Japan.
Bowmore Scotch Whisky Distillery Discription
Located on the east shore of Loch Indaal facing Bruichladdich across the bay the distillery is kept in immaculate condition by its owners Morrison Bowmore (Suntory)
Bowmore is the largest town on Islay with approximately 1000 inhabitants. One of the distillery’s warehouses has been converted into a swimming pool and is heated by secondary heat from the distillery; this has resulted in the distillery being awarded several environmental prizes.
The Bowmore distillery still operating its own floor maltings where the peat is crumbled before its fired to give more smoke than heat. The malt is also "peated" for a shorter period than the more heavy Islay whiskies.
Bowmore is a complex dram with slight smoke and is sweetly aromatic this positions the Bowmore whisky, taste wise, nicely between the gentler Bunnahabhain In the north and the South shore distilleries of Ardbeg Lagavulin and Laphroaig.
Bowmore Single Malt Scotch Whisky Distillery Bottlings Core Range
12 years Old
15 Years Old Darkest
18 Years Old
25 Years Old
Vintages 1981, 1982,
40 Year Old
50 year old 91961)
Travel Retail Distillery Bottlings
Surf (Available via Bowmore travel retail)
12 Years Old Enigma (Available via travel retail)
15 Years Old Mariner (Available via travel retail)
17 Year Old (Available via travel retail)
100 Degrees Proof (Available via travel retail)
Bowmore Single Malt Scotch Whisky Older Distillery Bottlings
Black, 29, 30,31 year old, bottled 1993, 1994, 1995, 1964
15 Years Old Legend
15 Year Old Ceramic Glasgow Garden festival 1988
21 Year Old 25 Year Old Ceramic
30 Years Old 30 Year Old Ceramic
1957 .1981, 1982, 1985
Bowmore Single Malt Scotch Whisky Independent Bottlings
Creative Whisky Company
Duncan Taylor "Collection" also "Cask Strength"
Kingsbury (Japanese Imports System)
Norse Cask (Denmark)
Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing),
Peerless, (Duncan Taylor)
Premier (Douglas Laing),
Provenance (Douglas Laing),
Whisky Doris (Germany
Whisky Fair (Germany)
Whisky Galore (Duncan Taylor)