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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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Bowmore 45 Year Old 1972 (cask 3882) - 30th Anniversary Gift Box (Signatory)

70cl, 46.7%

Indie bottling superstar Signatory is celebrating its 30th anniversary with a range of particularly exciting independently bottled whiskies - including this incredibly well-aged Bowmore! It was…  More info

Bowmore 45 Year Old 1972 (cask 3882) - 30th Anniversary Gift Box (Signatory)
$5,320.84
$4,245.93

Bowmore 1991 (bottled 2016) (cask 253010) - Rare Select (Montgomerie's)

70cl, 46%

This a Montgomerie's Rare Select bottling of Bowmore single malt, aged in a single cask from April 1991 to April 2016. Lovely Islay whisky to be had, right here.  More info

Bowmore 1991 (bottled 2016) (cask 253010) - Rare Select (Montgomerie's)
$251.43
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Bowmore 2000 (bottled 2018) (cask 18019) - Malts of Scotland

70cl, 53.8%

A single malt, single cask Bowmore! This was distilled in 2000 and matured in a sherry hogshead cask until 2018, when it was independently bottled by German bottler Malts of Scotland at 53.8% ABV.…  More info

Bowmore 2000 (bottled 2018) (cask 18019) - Malts of Scotland
$208.07

Bowmore 27 Year Old 1991 (cask 22121) - Celebration Of The Cask (Càrn Mòr)

70cl, 41.8%

A 27 year old single malt from the Bowmore distillery on Islay, independently bottled by Càrn Mòr for the Celebration of the Cask range. It was aged in a single bourbon barrel and left to age from…  More info

Bowmore 27 Year Old 1991 (cask 22121) - Celebration Of The Cask (Càrn Mòr)
$295.61
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Bowmore Bourbon Cask - Fèis Ìle 2013

70cl, 56.5%

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. This bottle was part of a private…  More info

Bowmore Bourbon Cask - Fèis Ìle 2013
$241.80

Bowmore Feis Ile 2014

70cl, 56.1%

One of two Fèis Ìle releases from Bowmore for 2014 and the only festival bottling we didn't manage to get our hands on when we visited that year. The 1,000 bottles sold out straight away you see,…  More info

Bowmore Feis Ile 2014
$214.92

Bowmore 2002 (bottled 2017) (cask 14) - Samaroli

70cl, 50%

A 2002 vintage single malt from the Bowmore distillery on Islay, bottled by Italian indie bottler, Samaroli! It was bottled in 2017, and only 380 bottles were produced. A restrained expression - not…  More info

Bowmore 2002 (bottled 2017) (cask 14) - Samaroli
$536.33
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Bowmore 18 Year Old - Deep & Complex

70cl, 43%

A "deep & complex" 18 year old single malt from the excellent Bowmore distillery on Islay, matured in both Oloroso and Pedro Ximenéz casks. This was originally launched for the Travel Retail Market…  More info

Bowmore 18 Year Old - Deep & Complex
5
$90.02

Bowmore 34 Year Old 1971

70cl, 51%

A cask strength 34 year old single malt from Bowmore. This was distilled in 1971 and matured in ex-sherry casks before bottling as part of an outturn of just 960 bottles. The colour is rich and dark…  More info

Bowmore 34 Year Old 1971
$5,369.21

Bowmore 21 Year Old 1991 President's Selection Keizo Saji's Cask

70cl, 55.5%

A rare Bowmore here that was given to employees of Morrison Bowmore in 2012 after the former president of Suntory Mr Keizo Saji's kindly donated the cask to them. The single Sherry cask was…  More info

Bowmore 21 Year Old 1991 President's Selection Keizo Saji's Cask
$2,144.46

Bowmore 24 Year Old 1989 - Feis Ile 2014

70cl, 53.3%

One of two special festival releases from Bowmore for Fèis Ìle 2014, this more expensive bottling is a marriage of first-fill American oak barrel and French wine barrique. It was matured for 24 years…  More info

Bowmore 24 Year Old 1989 - Feis Ile 2014
$1,289.90

Bowmore 22 Year Old 1982 (cask 1327) - First Cask

70cl, 46%

This single malt was distilled on the 2nd of March 1982 at Islay-based Bowmore distillery, and was bottled 22 years later by Direct Wines for the First Cask series. This bottle was part of a…  More info

Bowmore 22 Year Old 1982 (cask 1327) - First Cask
$322.48

Bowmore 1989 (bottled 2017) - Fèis Ìle 2018

70cl, 44.7%

Released for the 2018 Fèis Ìle, this single cask Bowmore single malt was matured in a bourbon cask from 1989 to 2017, before being bottled at 44.7% ABV. A small release of 212 bottles. This bottle…  More info

Bowmore 1989 (bottled 2017) - Fèis Ìle 2018
$1,289.90

Bowmore 23 Year Old 1989 - Hong Kong Jockey Club

70cl, 50.2%

The first whisky to be chosen by the Hong Kong Jockey Club for its own private label bottling series - a 1989 vintage 23 year old Bowmore! Only 111 bottles were released of this rare dram. This…  More info

Bowmore 23 Year Old 1989 - Hong Kong Jockey Club
$537.46

Bowmore Classic Collection (3 x 200ml)

60cl, 42%

A fabulous set of whisky from Bowmore, which comes with one 200ml bottle of each their tremendous 12 year old, 15 year old and 18 year old whiskies. The little trio comes in a handsome presentation…  More info

Bowmore Classic Collection (3 x 200ml)
$62.29

Bowmore 12 Year Old (1L) - 1980s

100cl, 43%

A 1980s 1 litre bottling of Bowmore 12 year old single malt Scotch whisky from the isle of Islay. Wonderful old style bottle, complete with some soft of fish/lion/dragon hybrid on the label. This…  More info

Bowmore 12 Year Old (1L) - 1980s
$537.46

Bowmore 25 Year Old 1969

70cl, 43%

A 1969 vintage Bowmore single malt, matured for 25 years and bottled at some point during the 1990s. Very rare and collectible stuff. This bottle was part of a private collection - if you'd like…  More info

Bowmore 25 Year Old 1969
$3,219.37

Bowmore Fèis Ìle 2016

70cl, 54.9%

Released during Fèis Ìle 2016, this Bowmore single malt was maturated in a combination of American virgin oak casks and Europeans Oloroso Sherry casks. The use of virgin oak casks is not all that…  More info

Bowmore Fèis Ìle 2016

Bowmore 10 Year Old (Screen Printed Label) - 1990s

75cl, 40%

Here we have a very rare bottle of Bowmore 10 Year Old with a screen printed label. This collectible Islay single malt whisky even comes with its original presentation tube. This bottle was part…  More info

Bowmore 10 Year Old (Screen Printed Label) - 1990s

Bowmore 21 Year Old 1998 (cask 58) - Distillery Exclusive

70cl, 57.5%

This is a particularly handsome 21 year old sherry-cask-matured Bowmore single malt, originally sold at the distillery. If you love the combination of coastal peat savoury tastiness and sherried…  More info

Bowmore 21 Year Old 1998 (cask 58) - Distillery Exclusive

Bowmore Black Rock 1l

100cl, 40%

A travel retail release from Bowmore, Black Rock is matured predominantly in Spanish ex-Sherry casks for a sweet-but smoky dram. Plenty of rich fruit, chewy vanilla and peat smoke, all well balanced.…  More info

Bowmore Black Rock 1l
22
$58.21

Bowmore 15 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 48.3%

Marvellous single malt from the Bowmore distillery on Islay, independently bottled by That Boutique-y Whisky Company. This one is a 15 year old expression, boasting a delicious balance between peaty…  More info

Bowmore 15 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
$83.79

Bowmore Small Batch - Bourbon Cask Matured

70cl, 40%

Bowmore Small Batch is an elegant Islay single malt, when gets matured in both first-fill and second-fill bourbon barrels. A great introduction to Bowmore's lovely smoky flavour profile - the Small…  More info

Bowmore Small Batch - Bourbon Cask Matured
22
$40.26

Bowmore 21 Year Old 1998 (cask 58) - Distillery Exclusive (Cask Bag)

70cl, 57.5%

An impressive Bowmore single malt, distilled in 1998 and matured in sherry casks for a whopping 21 years. It was originally sold at the distillery on Islay. This one comes with a slightly different…  More info

Bowmore 21 Year Old 1998 (cask 58) - Distillery Exclusive (Cask Bag)

Bowmore Legend (Old Bottling)

70cl, 40%

An older style bottling of Bowmore Legend single malt, an excellent no age statement expression from the Islay-based distillery. Considering most legends are old (like tales of dragons roaming the…  More info

Bowmore Legend (Old Bottling)

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