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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 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 12 Year Old Gift Pack with 2x Glasses

70cl, 40%

Fancy giving the gift of peaty deliciousness? Islay's Bowmore distillery have made that possible with their Bowmore 12 Year Old Gift Pack, featuring a fully bottle of the fantastic entry-level…  More info

Bowmore 12 Year Old Gift Pack with 2x Glasses
$41.41

Bowmore 30 Year Old (Sea Dragon Decanter)

70cl, 43%

A very cool and collectible bottle of Bowmore right here, which first appeared sometime in the 1990s. This 30 Year Old expression has been nicknamed the 'Sea Dragon', because of the utterly fabulous…  More info

Bowmore 30 Year Old (Sea Dragon Decanter)

Bowmore 9 Year Old 2009 - Fèis Ìle 2017

70cl, 57.1%

This very special Bowmore was distilled on the 14th June 1999 and it was aged in sherry, bourbon and wine casks in warehouse 6 before bottling in 2009 for that year's Feis Ile. A release of 900…  More info

Bowmore 9 Year Old 2009 - Fèis Ìle 2017

Bowmore 13 Year Old 2002 - Hand-Filled

70cl, 54%

A pretty fabulous 13 year old Bowmore, distilled on 5 July 2002. It was whacked straight into a single first fill Oloroso sherry butt where it spent the entirety of its ageing, until it was bottled…  More info

Bowmore 13 Year Old 2002 - Hand-Filled

Bowmore 1997 (bottled 2019) Distillery Manager's Selection - Distillery Exclusive

70cl, 51.7%

Well-sherried Bowmore single malt here, released as part of the Distillery Manager's Selection and bottled as a distillery exclusive! It began life back in 1997 and aged in first-fill Oloroso sherry…  More info

Bowmore 1997 (bottled 2019) Distillery Manager's Selection - Distillery Exclusive

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

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

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

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

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
$38.82

Bowmore 27 Year Old - The Vintner's Trilogy

70cl, 48.3%

The Vintner's Trilogy from Bowmore has been completed with the release of this 27 year old expression! The whisky was initially aged in bourbon barrels for 13 years, before being moved over to Port…  More info

Bowmore 27 Year Old - The Vintner's Trilogy
1
$362.77

Bowmore Surf (1L) - 1980s

100cl, 43%

A one litre bottling of Bowmore Surf, adorned with a screen-printed label portraying some rather majestic gulls. We reckon this Islay single malt dates back to the 1980s. This bottle was part of a…  More info

Bowmore Surf (1L) - 1980s

Bowmore Legend

70cl, 40%

A young, rather gentle Bowmore. Whilst not massively complex or full-bodied, Legend is still a great value for money malt.  More info

Bowmore Legend
20
$41.41

Bowmore White Sands 17 Year Old

70cl, 43%

Released in a trio of travel retail bottlings, Bowmore's White Sands 17 Year Old single malt Scotch whisky gets matured in ex-bourbon casks, bringing creamy vanilla and thick treacle notes to the…  More info

Bowmore White Sands 17 Year Old
7
$77.69

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 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 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)
$5,130.55

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
24
$42.49

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

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

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
7
$77.69

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 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 23 Year Old 1989 - Temptation (Shinanoya)

70cl, 50.2%

A vintage 23 year old Bowmore, distilled in 1989 and left to mature in a refill hogshead until its bottling in 2012 to mark the 18th anniversary of the Shinanoya Shinjuku shop in Japan. This is a…  More info

Bowmore 23 Year Old 1989 - Temptation (Shinanoya)

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