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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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A 1990 vintage from the Bowmore distillery, bottled at cask strength, this 16 year old was matured in Oloroso sherry casks and the sherry notes really shine through with enough strength to match up to...  More info
Bowmore is the oldest distillery on Islay and this bottle has been filled without chill filtration for Signatory's Un-Chill Filtered range.  More info
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This is a delicious cask-strength Bowmore from Berry Brothers and Rudd. It was distilled in 1996, aged in a single cask (number 1378) and bottled in 2011.  More info
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A rich, smouldering single cask Bowmore from Signatory's superb Cask Strength Collection... This was distilled on the 13th June 1997 before a 15 year maturation in hogshead number 1903 before bottling...  More info
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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
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This was distilled at Islay's Bowmore distillery in 2003 before a 9 year maturation in a single cask (cask number 20060). It was bottled by Berry Brothers and Rudd in 2013.  More info
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Distilled in 2001, this 11 year old Bowmore came from two casks and was subsequently finished in a Pedro Ximinez cask. Bottled by Carn Mor as part of their Strictly Limited range this is a release of...  More info
A (comparatively) young Islay whisky from Signatory. Peat smoke ho!  More info
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Bowmore Feis Ile 2013
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STRICTLY ONE PER CUSTOMER

Bowmore’s festival bottling for Fèis Ìle 2013 was a bourbon matured release of just 1,000 bottles. It's cask strength, non chill-filtered and very yummy.  More info
$156.15
Bottled by Douglas Hunter Laing, this Bowmore single cask whisky was matured for 15 years old. Part of the Old Malt Cask range, only 239 bottles were produced from cask 9808.  More info
$110.75
Distilled at the oldest Islay distillery, Bowmore, this un-chillfiltered 13 year old was bottled by Signatory. Casks 1432 & 1433 produced some rather fantastic single malt Scotch whisky. 809 bottles...  More info
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If the chaps at Bowmore are to be believed, the Devil himself once visited the Islay town and hid in a church. But, because the Devil is silly, he hid in a round church...  More info
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$90.74
Our 26 year old Bowmore has oodles of character. It's full of flavours from old-fashioned tuck shops; from Drumstick lollies, to Fruit Salad Chews – and including the one particular flavour that truly...  More info
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A 13 year old whisky from Islay's oldest distillery, Bowmore. It has been bottled by Signatory for their Un-Chillfiltered Collection, so get ready for an awesome independently bottled single malt! The...  More info
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This was distilled on the 22nd November 1985 and matured in hogshead number 32203 for 23 years before bottling by Signatory on the 13th January 2009. A release of just 234 bottles of cask strength...  More info
Tempest is a very special release from Bowmore, it’s a cask strength malt made by vatting first-fill bourbon matured whisky. Very rich and complex.  More info
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A Signatory bottling of Bowmore. This was distilled on the 13th November 1980 and matured in bourbon barrel number 8055 for 28 years before bottling on the 16th September 2009. Part of a release of...  More info
An independent bottling from Bowmore, bottled by Signatory. This was distilled on the 29th March 1990 and matured in 2 hogsheads (casks 653 and 654) for 19 years before bottling on the 16th November...  More info
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An independently bottled Bowmore single malt Scotch whisky, aged in a single cask for 16 years! This lovely little Islay whisky was distilled in June 1998 and left to age until September 2014, when it...  More info
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A refill hogshead matured Bowmore. This was distilled in Winter 1998 and aged for 9 years in casks 4109 and 4110 before bottling for Douglas Laing's Provenance range in Winter 2008.  More info
A 16 year old Bowmore, distilled in November 1990 and matured in refill hogshead number 3559 before bottling by Douglas Laing in May 2007. A release of 239 bottles.  More info
Some 25 year old single cask Bowmore. This was distilled in March 1983 and aged in a refill hogshead. Bottled by Douglas Laing in March 2008, with an outturn of 259 bottles.  More info
The 1982 Bowmore from Duncan Taylor's incredible Octave range. The whiskies are matured in a standard cask before giving a finish in a sherry treated Octave cask (which offers a speedy maturation due...  More info
A release of 583 bottles of cask strength 8 year old Bowmore, bottled by Adelphi. This was distilled in 2001, and matured in cask number 1126 - a refill butt.  More info
Distilled at Bowmore in 1994 and matured in refill sherry casks for 14 years before bottling by Murray McDavid at the Bruichladdich distillery in 2009. An outturn of 486 bottles.  More info
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