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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 21 Year Old Château Lagrange French Oak Barriques

70cl, 48.4%

This marvellous expression from Islay's Bowmore Distillery introduces a French twist to the single malt Scotch whisky. It's a 21 year whisky which has been fully matured in French oak barriques from…  More info

Bowmore 21 Year Old Château Lagrange French Oak Barriques

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

50cl, 48.3%

Yet another brill Boutique-y batch of Bowmore! Yes, it's batch 22 of That Boutique-y Whisky Company's independently bottled Bowmore single malt Scotch whisky, and you're in for another Islay treat.…  More info

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

Bowmore 22 Year Old Aston Martin - Masters' Selection

70cl, 51.5%

Another phenomenal collaboration between Islay's Bowmore distillery and Aston Martin, it's the incredible 22 Year Old released for the Masters' Selection. It's a blend of whisky matured in American…  More info

Bowmore 22 Year Old Aston Martin - Masters' Selection

Torch 1988 (bottled 2018) - Wemyss Malts (Bowmore)

70cl, 53.4%

This Bowmore release from Wemyss Malts strays slightly from the usual descriptive subtitles, as this one's nickname is in Mandarin Chinese! Its subtitle translates literally as 'torch', but more…  More info

Torch 1988 (bottled 2018) - Wemyss Malts (Bowmore)

Bowmore 10 Year Old - Dark & Intense 1L

100cl, 40%

Originally released for the Travel Retail market, this 10 year old Bowmore single malt is a marriage of Spanish oak Sherry casks and hogsheads, resulting in a fine balance between classic coastal…  More info

Bowmore 10 Year Old - Dark & Intense 1L
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Bowmore 22 Year Old The Changeling

70cl, 51.2%

Part of the Bowmore Frank Quietly series made in collaboration with the artist, The Changeling is a superb 22-year-old single malt. Initially matured in American oak hogsheads, the whisky them moved…  More info

Bowmore 22 Year Old The Changeling

Bowmore 23 Year Old 1997 (cask 2692) - Infrequent Flyers (Alistair Walker)

70cl, 48.5%

Well-aged whisky from the Bowmore Distillery - music to our ears! This is an Infrequent Flyers bottling of single malt from Bowmore, distilled in 1997 and matured for 23 years. It was finished in a…  More info

Bowmore 23 Year Old 1997 (cask 2692) - Infrequent Flyers (Alistair Walker)

Bowmore 25 Year Old 1995 - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46.9%

From Douglas Laing's Xtra Old Particular range comes a 25 year old Bowmore single malt, drawn from a single refill hogshead! That cask was filled up in May 1995, and set aside to slumber for a…  More info

Bowmore 25 Year Old 1995 - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

Bowmore 23 Year Old 1996 (cask 960014) - The Single Malts of Scotland

70cl, 56.1%

A brilliant indie Bowmore from The Single Malts of Scotland, distilled all the way back in March 1996! It spent its days in a single sherry butt, where it rested for nearly a quarter of a century. It…  More info

Bowmore 23 Year Old 1996 (cask 960014) - The Single Malts of Scotland

Earth, Wind, Fire! 1990 (bottled 2018) - Wemyss Malts (Bowmore)

70cl, 46%

Single malt from Islay's Bowmore, distilled back in 1990 and left to age in a hogshead cask until 2018, when it was bottled with an outturn of 200 bottles. It was named Earth, Wind, Fire! as a hint…  More info

Earth, Wind, Fire! 1990 (bottled 2018) - Wemyss Malts (Bowmore)

Bowmore Vault Edition - Atlantic Sea Salt

70cl, 51.5%

The first release in Bowmore's Vault Edition series, launched in 2016. This series will explore four of the characteristics found in Bowmore's whiskies after maturing in their No.1 Vaults maturation…  More info

Bowmore Vault Edition - Atlantic Sea Salt
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Bowmore 30 Year Old 1989 - Xtra Old Particular The Black Series (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 47.4%

The second release in Douglas Laing's Xtra Old Particular The Black Series (which is reserved for some incredibly special expressions) is an independently bottled Bowmore, distilled back in March…  More info

Bowmore 30 Year Old 1989 - Xtra Old Particular The Black Series (Douglas Laing)

Bowmore 14 Year Old 1999 (cask 10146) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50%

14 year old Bowmore single malt Scotch whisky, bottled for the Old Malt Cask range by Hunter Laing. 563 bottles were produced.  More info

Bowmore 14 Year Old 1999 (cask 10146) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

Bowmore 25 Year Old 1990 - Whisky is Class...ical (Silver Seal)

70cl, 49.6%

25 year old single malt from the Bowmore dstillery on Islay, bottled by Italian bottler, Silver Seal, as part of their wonderfully named Whisky is Class...ical range (a name that makes you shiver…  More info

Bowmore 25 Year Old 1990 - Whisky is Class...ical (Silver Seal)

Bowmore 30 Year Old 1987 (cask 12376) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 50.8%

A single cask bottling of 30 year old Bowmore single malt, presented as part of the Xtra Old Particular range by Douglas Laing. This whisky was distilled back in November 1987 and left to age in a…  More info

Bowmore 30 Year Old 1987 (cask 12376) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

Bowmore Black 50 Year Old 1964 - The Last Cask

70cl, 41%

Our charity auction has now ended. Read more over on the blog. The final rediscovered cask of Black Bowmore, distilled on 5th November 1964 and matured for over 50 years in a cool, dark corner of…  More info

Bowmore Black 50 Year Old 1964 - The Last Cask

Bowmore - Batch 2 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 49%

The second batch of That Boutique-y Whisky Company's Bowmore is a smoky, muscular whisky with more than a hint of sherry in the mix. It comes with a rather wonderful comic book illustration of the…  More info

Bowmore - Batch 2 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

Bowmore 40 Year Old (2021 Release)

70cl, 48.7%

– REGISTER YOUR INTEREST – Few distilleries have the stocks to release single malt Scotch whiskies that have spent four decades resting, but that's what we're looking at here from Bowmore. This 40…  More info

Bowmore 40 Year Old (2021 Release)

Bowmore 1969 50 Year Old - Vaults Series

70cl, 46.9%

– REGISTER YOUR INTEREST – A jaw-dropping release from Bowmore, the last in their astonishing Vaults series, the Bowmore 1969 is a 50 year old single malt Scotch whisky. Over five decades of…  More info

Bowmore 1969 50 Year Old - Vaults Series

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