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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.

Bowmore Gold Reef 1l

100cl, 43%

From Bowmore's travel retail selection, unveiled in 2014, the Gold Reef is a gorgeous coastal dram, matured mostly in first-fill ex-bourbon casks. A fantastic Islay single malt.  More info

Bowmore Gold Reef 1l
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$64.75

Bowmore 20 Year Old 1996 (cask 11590) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 51.5%

Delicious 20 year old Bowmore, aged in a single cask and independently bottled by Douglas Laing! This was distilled on the Isle of Islay in December 1996 and matured in a refill hoggie until March…  More info

Bowmore 20 Year Old 1996 (cask 11590) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$117.67

Bowmore 30 Year Old Sea Dragon Decanter

75cl, 43%

A 30 year old Bowmore, packaged in a handsome opaque black ceramic decanter bottle, with a beautifully painted sea dragon on the bottle. It has a dragon on it, so you know it must be good. This…  More info

Bowmore 30 Year Old Sea Dragon Decanter
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Bowmore 20 Year Old 1996 (cask 13301) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50%

20 year old single malt form Islay's Bowmore distillery, left to aged in a single refill hogshead. This was distilled in September 1996 and bottled by Hunter Laing in February 2017 for the Old Malt…  More info

Bowmore 20 Year Old 1996 (cask 13301) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)
$118.37

Bowmore 14 Year Old 2001 (cask 31931) - The Single Cask

70cl, 50%

14 year old Bowmore single malt, independently bottled by The Single Cask (who also have their own whisky bar of the same name in Singapore). It was distilled on the Isle of Islay in October 2001 and…  More info

Bowmore 14 Year Old 2001 (cask 31931) - The Single Cask

Bowmore 24 Year Old 1989 (cask 4290) - Mackillop's Choice

70cl, 53.5%

Brilliant Bowmore single malt Scotch whisky from 1989! Who do we have to thank for this wonderful single cask release of 244 bottles? Well, it's the talented folks at Mackillop's, of course. We doff…  More info

Bowmore 24 Year Old 1989 (cask 4290) - Mackillop's Choice

Bowmore 12 Year Old 2003 (cask 20142) - Cask Collection (A. D. Rattray)

70cl, 59.5%

Indie Islay whisky here, distilled by Bowmore and bottled by A.D. Rattray! It was distilled back in October 2003 and set aside to age in a bourbon cask for 12 years, before being bottled in July 2016…  More info

Bowmore 12 Year Old 2003 (cask 20142) - Cask Collection (A. D. Rattray)

Bowmore 2002 (bottled 2013) - The Ten #07 (La Maison du Whisky)

70cl, 40.1%

A 2002 vintage Bowmore single malt Scotch whisky, bottled in 2013 as part of The Ten range from La Maison du Whisky. The series explores the flavour profiles of whisky, ranking them from #00 (the…  More info

Bowmore 2002 (bottled 2013) - The Ten #07 (La Maison du Whisky)

Bowmore 14 Year Old 2002 (cask 12765) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50%

A Hunter Laing bottling of 14 year old Bowmore, aged in a single cask from September 2002 to October 2016. 341 bottles were produced, bottled as part of the Old Malt Cask range.  More info

Bowmore 14 Year Old 2002 (cask 12765) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

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

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

Bowmore 26 Year Old 1988 - Feis Ile 2015

70cl, 48.3%

Matured in selected ex-Sherry casks and bottled at cask strength, this is a special Fèis Ìle 2015 release from Bowmore. This bottle was part of a private collection - if you'd like more detailed…  More info

Bowmore 26 Year Old 1988 - Feis Ile 2015

Bowmore - Batch 1 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 48.7%

This is the first batch of That Boutique-y Whisky Company’s Bowmore. This offering is a peaty style with a sherried streak running right through the middle of it. ‘That Boutique-y Whisky Company’…  More info

Bowmore - Batch 1 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

Bowmore 18 Year Old 1998 (cask 800041) - Wilson & Morgan (La Maison du Whisky 60th Anniversary)

70cl, 60.2%

An 18 year old single malt from Bowmore, distilled on Islay in 1998 and matured in a single Sherry butt. After its maturation, it was bottled in 2016 by Italian indie bottler Wilson & Morgan and…  More info

Bowmore 18 Year Old 1998 (cask 800041) - Wilson & Morgan (La Maison du Whisky 60th Anniversary)
$163.12

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

Bowmore 15 Year Old 2000 (cask 10794) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 48.4%

Matured in a single Sherry butt for fifteen years, 468 bottles of this Bowmore were released by Douglas Laing in December 2015 as part of their Old Particular range.  More info

Bowmore 15 Year Old 2000 (cask 10794) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

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 Feis Ile 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 Feis Ile 2013

Bowmore 41 Year Old 1974 (cask 9007) - Cask Strength Collection Rare Reserve (Signatory)

70cl, 50.4%

Well, well, well. Would you look at this - 41 year old Bowmore! This is the kind of thing that whisky enthusiasts would see and not be able to hold back some sort of "Cor blimey!" or other…  More info

Bowmore 41 Year Old 1974 (cask 9007) - Cask Strength Collection Rare Reserve (Signatory)

Bowmore 1987 (bottled 2015) (cask 15023) - Angel's Choice (Malts of Scotland)

35cl, 51.3%

Islay whisky enthusiasts will want to pay attention to this one - a well-Sherried single cask Bowmore! It was distilled in 1987 and aged in a Sherry hogshead until 2015, when German bottler Malts of…  More info

Bowmore 1987 (bottled 2015) (cask 15023) - Angel's Choice (Malts of Scotland)

Bowmore 25 Year Old 1990 (cask 185076) (Rest & Be Thankful)

70cl, 53.7%

From the Rest & Be Thankful independent bottling range comes a 25 year old Bowmore single malt Scotch whisky. It was distilled in April 1990 and set aside to age in a single bourbon cask until April…  More info

Bowmore 25 Year Old 1990 (cask 185076) (Rest & Be Thankful)

Bowmore 26 Year Old 1985

70cl, 52.3%

This whisky is from the oldest distillery on Islay, Bowmore. This bottling is an impressive 26 years old and is bottled at 52.3% abv.  More info

Bowmore 26 Year Old 1985

Bowmore Virgin Oak - Feis Ile 2015

70cl, 55.7%

A festival release from Fèis Ìle 2015 of 1,000 bottles matured in selected virgin oak casks and bottled at natural strength! This bottle was part of a private collection - if you'd like more…  More info

Bowmore Virgin Oak - Feis Ile 2015

Bowmore 7 Year Old 2000 - Feis Ile 2007

70cl, 57.1%

Distilled 9th February 2000 and matured in a fresh Sherry cask, this was Bowmore's 2007 Fèis Ìle (Islay Festival) bottling. Just 700 bottles were released. This bottle was part of a private…  More info

Bowmore 7 Year Old 2000 - Feis Ile 2007

Bowmore 29 Year Old 1982

70cl, 47.3%

An astounding 2011 edition from Bowmore. This was distilled in 1982, and comes packaged in a very handsome wooden box, with its own leather strap. Each bottle comes with a certificate of authenticity…  More info

Bowmore 29 Year Old 1982

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