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Bowmore

The River Laggan journeys many miles through Islay, cutting its course through ferrous rocks, peat bog, moss and grassy mound, ‘til it finds itself at the Western harbour town of Bowmore, Islay’s capital. The distillery produces some two million litres annually and adheres to strict traditions; production methods have scarcely changed in two centuries. Founded in 1779, by John Simpson, Bowmore is Islay’s oldest distillery. Following purchase in 1837, by William and James Mutter, the distillery was resold in 1892 to the Bowmore Distillery Company Ltd.

Changing hands twice during the late 1920s, in 1963 the distillery was purchased for £117,000 by Stanley P Morrison. Bowmore has had a long affiliation with Japanese pioneers Suntory, who acquired a stake in the company during the late 1980s. In 1994, they bought the company outright. Bowmore enjoys a curious middle-ground as far as flavour is concerned; far from being a lighter offering - à la Northern Islay-based Bunnahabhain - the spirit is not as heavily peated nor as smoky, as its three Southern cousins surrounding Port Ellen.

Today, Bowmore produces a heralded malt and the second best-selling Islay whisky after the leviathan Laphroaig. The range is quite large and independent bottlings have been released as well as a core range of acclaimed house bottlings, including the rare 1993 released Black Bowmore, a 1964 vintage whose initial asking price was around £2,500.

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About Bowmore Whisky Distillery

Distillery Number

01496 810441

Distillery Founded

1779

Distillery Capacity

2 000 000 litres

Distillery Status

Active

Distillery Address

Bowmore, Islay, Argyll

Distillery Owner

Morrison Bowmore Distillers (Suntory)

Distillery Address

School Street, Bowmore, Islay, Argyll PA43 7GS

Distillery Website

www.bowmore.com

1779

Bowmore Distillery is founded by John Simpson and becomes the oldest Islay distillery.

1837

The distillery is sold to James and William Mutter of Glasgow.

1892

After additional construction, the distillery is sold to Bowmore Distillery Company Ltd, a consortium of English businessmen.

1925

J. B. Sheriff and Company takes over.

1929

Distillers Company Limited (DCL) takes over.

1950

William Grigor & Son takes over.

1963

Stanley P. Morrison buys the distillery

1989

Japanese Suntory buys a 35% stake in Morrison Bowmore.

1993

The famous, legendary Black Bowmore is launched. The recommended price is £100 (today it is at least ten times that if it can be found). Another two versions are released 1994 and 1995.

1994

Suntory now controls all of Morrison Bowmore.

1995

Bowmore is nominated ‘Distiller of the Year’ in the International Wine and Spirits competition.

1996

A Bowmore 1957 (38 years) is bottled at 40,1% but is not released until 2000.

1999

Bowmore Darkest with three years finish on oloroso barrels is launched. A Claret cask strength is also released in 12,000 bottles.

2000

Bowmore Dusk with two years finish in Bordeaux barrels is launched.

2001

Bowmore Dawn with two years finish on port pipes is launched. A bottle from 1890 is sold at an auction in Glasgow and brings in £14,300 which is a new world record. The Manager Jim McEwan moves to Bruichladdich.

2002

A 37 year old Bowmore from 1964 and matured in fino casks is launched in a limited edition of 300 bottles (recommended price

2003

Another two expressions complete the wood trilogy which started with 1964 Fino - 1964 Bourbon and 1964 Oloroso.

2004

Morrison Bowmore buys one of the most outstanding collections of Bowmore Single Malt from the private collector Hans Sommer. It totals more than 200 bottles and includes a number of Black Bowmore.

2005

Bowmore 1989 Bourbon (16 years) and 1971 (34 years) are launched.

2006

Bowmore 1990 Oloroso (16 years) and 1968 (37 years) are launched. A new and upgraded visitor centre is opened.

2007

Dusk and Dawn disappear from the range and an 18 year old is introduced. New packaging for the whole range. 1991 (16yo) Port and Black Bottle are released.

2008

White Bottle and a 1992 Vintage with Bourdeaux finish are launched.

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This was distilled at the Bowmore distillery in Autumn 2002 before a 10 year maturation in a single refill hogshead. It was bottled for the Provenance range in Winter 2012.  More info
$100.42
This is the first Bowmore bottled by Speciality Drinks for their Elements of Islay range. The range is modelled on the periodic table with each Islay distillery being reduced to a couple of letters...  More info
$89.37
This was distilled at Bowmore in Autumn of 2000 and aged for 10 years in a single refill hogshead before bottling for the Provenance range from Douglas Laing in Autumn of 2010. Deliciously malty...  More info
$80.23
This was distilled at Bowmore in 2001, and initially aged in bourbon casks. It was then taken a few miles down the road to the Bruichladdich distillery, where it was finished in Port Pipes before...  More info
$59.06
Distilled in 1994, this Bowmore was initially aged in sherry wood. It was selected by Murray McDavid, and taken to the Bruichladdich distillery, where it was reracked into none other than the finest...  More info
Bowmore Darkest
(70cl, 43%)
A rich, sherry-matured Bowmore. Very similar to the world famous Black Bowmore, though much younger. Very intense and fruity.  More info
User Rating:  Rating (4.5/5)
Bowmore Dusk
(70cl, 50%)
A very interesting and incredibly rare Bowmore, finished in Bordeaux red wine casks. Rich and very fruity. Bowmore Dusk is a collector's favourite.  More info
This cask strength, single cask Bowmore was distilled on the 22nd November 1985, and it was aged in hogshead 32211 for 25 years before bottling by Signatory on the 16th June 2011. A release of 257...  More info
$164.20
This was distilled at Bowmore on the 13th June 1997, and it was aged for 14 years in hogsheads 1906 and 1907 before bottling on the 13th June 2011. A release of 779 numbered bottles from Signatory.  More info
$65.63
This Bowmore was distilled in October of 1982 and was aged for 29 years in cask 85212 before bottling by Duncan Taylor in October 2011. A cask strength release of 218 numbered bottles.  More info
This was distilled at the Bowmore distilled on the 22nd November 1985 before a 25 year maturation in hogshead 32207. It was bottled by Signatory for their Cask Strength Collection on the 25th October...  More info
$162.56
This was distilled at Bowmore on the 14th June 1999, and it was aged in Limousin oak in warehouse 5 for 8 years before bottling for the 2008 Feis Ile. A release of 800 numbered bottles, fabulous...  More info
$134.63
Made especially for the 2011 Feis Ile, this Bowmore was aged for 15 years and finished in a sherry cask before bottling at natural cask strength. A release of just 500 bottles. Very rare!  More info
User Rating:  Rating (3.5/5)
$279.19
This very special Bowmore was distilled on the 14th June 1999 and it was aged in sherry, bourbon and wine casks in warehouse 6 before bottling in 2009 for that year's Feis Ile. A release of 900...  More info
$205.27
This was distilled at Bowmore on the 12th March 1984 and it was aged in cask M427 for 25 years before bottling in July 2009 by Montgomerie's.  More info
A litre bottle of delicious cask strength Bowmore, bottled for the travel retail market. A tremendously rich, spicy, muscular malt.  More info
User Rating:  Rating (4.0/5)
$90.27
A cask strength, 25 year old Bowmore distilled on the 22nd November 1985 and aged in hogshead number 32206 before bottling by Signatory on the 3rd November 2011. A release of 271 numbered bottles at...  More info
$160.91
An interesting Bowmore from Adelphi which offers marked differences to the distillery's standard character.  More info
$128.73
A beautiful whisky, which tastes exactly as the name suggests! This is a single cask Islay malt, distilled in 1996, and aged in a hogshead before bottling for the Wemyss Malts range in 2011. A release...  More info
$126.51
A 9 year old Bowmore from Douglas Laing's Provenance range. This whisky was distilled in Summer 1999 and bottled in 2009 after maturation in a single refill hogshead.  More info
$73.19
An 11 year old Bowmore, distilled in September 2000 and aged in a sherry butt before bottling in November 2011. A rich, muscular malt, and part of a release of just 439 bottles.  More info
$89.86
Bowmore 17 Year Old
(70cl, 43%)
A 17 year old Bowmore with a beautifully balanced, rounded palate with notes of soft chocolate, toffee apples and a little wood smoke. This was a Gold Medal winner at the International Spirits...  More info
User Rating:  Rating (4.5/5)
$159.27
A lovely expression from Bowmore carefully selected by the Maltmen at the distillery. These men continue the traditional floor maltings at the distillery - a rare thing now in modern Scotch whisky...  More info
$246.34
An absolutely stunningly packaged Bowmore distilled on the 24th September 1970, aged in sherry butt 4687 and bottled at natural cask strength for Signatory's Cask Strength Collection on the 15th June...  More info
Distilled at Bowmore on the 4th May 1999, this was aged in three bourbon barrels (numbers 800196 thru' '198) before bottling by Signatory on the 26th January 2012. A release of 998 bottles.  More info
$64.35
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