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Whiskymag 137 July _Aug 2016

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

Porteous Mill

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.

Bowmore Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Islay Whisky Distillery Information.

Bowmore Distillery,


Isle of Islay,


PA43 7GS

Tel: +44 (0)1496 8104411


Visitor Centre Please Phone For Details

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


Small Batch

Cask Strength

12 years Old

15 Years Old Darkest

18 Years Old

25 Years Old


Limited Editions

Devils Casks



Maltman's Selection

Vintages 1981, 1982,

Black 1964

Gold 1964

White 1964

40 Year Old

50 year old 91961)

1964 Fino


Travel Retail Distillery Bottlings

Black Rock

Gold Reef


Surf (Available via Bowmore travel retail)

White Sands

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

Claret 1999



Voyage 2000

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  

A.D Rattray


Berry's Own


Box (Sweden)


Coopers Choice,

Creative Whisky Company

Dewar Rattray

Dun Bheagan,

Duncan Taylor  "Collection" also "Cask Strength"

Golden Cask.

Hart Brothers,

Kingsbury (Japanese Imports System)

Murray McDavid,

Norse Cask (Denmark)

Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing),

Old Masters

Peerless, (Duncan Taylor)

Premier (Douglas Laing),

Provenance (Douglas Laing),

Scotts Selection



Whisky Doris (Germany

Whisky Fair (Germany)

Whisky Galore (Duncan Taylor)

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