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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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