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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 1973 - 50th Anniversary Of Stanley P. Morrison

70cl, 43%

An incredibly rare bottle of Bowmore, distilled back in the year 1973. Originally it wasn't sold, but was presented to guests at a rather fancy dinner at Blair Castle in 2001, which was held to…  More info

Bowmore 1973 - 50th Anniversary Of Stanley P. Morrison

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 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)

Bowmore 21 Year Old 1990 - Old & Rare Platinum (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 49.6%

An Old & Rare Platinum bottling of 21 year old Bowmore single malt, distilled back in October 1990 and left to mature in a refill hogshead. It was bottled by Douglas Laing in September 2012 with an…  More info

Bowmore 21 Year Old 1990 - Old & Rare Platinum (Douglas Laing)

Bowmore 25 Year Old 1992 - Sar Obair Decanter (Kingsbury)

70cl, 55.9%

An stunning bottling of Bowmore, distilled over on Islay back in 1992. It was left to age for a quarter of a century, and after that time had passed indie bottler Kingsbury bottled up the single malt…  More info

Bowmore 25 Year Old 1992 - Sar Obair Decanter (Kingsbury)

Bowmore 30 Year Old 1989 - Old & Rare Platinum (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 48.1%

Wonderfully well-aged single malt from the Bowmore Distillery on the isle of Islay, distilled back in 1989. In 2019, Hunter Laing bottled the whisky up a part of the Old & Rare Platinum range (which…  More info

Bowmore 30 Year Old 1989 - Old & Rare Platinum (Hunter Laing)

Bowmore 29 Year Old 1988 - Edition No. 2

70cl, 47.8%

It's the second edition of Bowmore 1988, originally released for the Travel Retail market. The special single malt was matured in first-fill bourbon casks for 29 long years, before it was bottled in…  More info

Bowmore 29 Year Old 1988 - Edition No. 2

Bowmore 21 Year Old - The Kinship (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 53.2%

A very impressive limited edition bottle of Bowmore 21 Year Old, released as part of Hunter Laing's 2018 The Kinship series. This cask strength single malt was originally only released to Fèis Ìle…  More info

Bowmore 21 Year Old - The Kinship (Hunter Laing)

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

Bowmore 23 Year Old 1996 (cask 17167) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 48%

Single cask Bowmore single malt, independently bottled by Hunter Laing as part of the long-running Old Malt Cask range! This is a terrific 23 year old expression, aged in a refill hogshead cask from…  More info

Bowmore 23 Year Old 1996 (cask 17167) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

Bowmore 1991 (Bottled 1999) - Dreams (Samaroli & Moon Import)

70cl, 45%

This brilliant Bowmore was distilled in 1991, and bottled in 1999 by Moon Import, founded by Pepi Mongiardino, and Silvano Samaroli. 1999 was the same year the Dreams series was founded by old…  More info

Bowmore 1991 (Bottled 1999) - Dreams (Samaroli & Moon Import)

Bowmore 11 Year Old - Fèis Ìle 2017

70cl, 53.8%

A fabulous Islay Festival bottling from the iconic Islay stalwart, Bowmore Fèis Ìle 2017 11 Years is a harmonious (and delicious) marriage of oloroso sherry and Bordeaux wine casks. This…  More info

Bowmore 11 Year Old - Fèis Ìle 2017

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 21 Year Old 1997 (cask 12812) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 52%

Here we have a limited edition 21 year old Islay single malt from Bowmore. It was distilled in July 1997 and bottled for Douglas Laing's Xtra Old Particular series in August 2018. Drawn from a refill…  More info

Bowmore 21 Year Old 1997 (cask 12812) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

Bowmore Bicentenary (Black Presentation Box)

75cl, 43%

A legendary and somewhat mythical bottling of Bowmore single malt, released in celebration of the distillery's 200th year (or bicentenary if you're feeling fancy). It was vatted using some very…  More info

Bowmore Bicentenary (Black Presentation Box)

Smoked Pico De Gallo 1992 (bottled 2018) - Wemyss Malts (Bowmore)

70cl, 46%

A single cask whisky from Islay's Bowmore, distilled in 1992 and then independently bottled in 2018 by Wemyss Malts. Its name, Smoked Pico De Gallo, is the name of a Mexican salsa, and gives us a…  More info

Smoked Pico De Gallo 1992 (bottled 2018) - Wemyss Malts (Bowmore)

Bowmore 24 Year Old 1995 (cask 2527) - Celebration of the Cask (Càrn Mòr)

70cl, 56.6%

A tasty 24 year old Bowmore, distilled in 1995 and matured in a single hogshead before being bottled in 2019 by Càrn Mòr for the Celebration of the Cask range at a weighty 56.6% ABV. 150 bottles were…  More info

Bowmore 24 Year Old 1995 (cask 2527) - Celebration of the Cask (Càrn Mòr)

Bowmore 10 Year Old 1989 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 50%

A collectible bottling of Bowmore, matured in a single cask for 10 years - from 1989 to 2001. It was bottled as part of the Old Malt Cask range by Douglas Laing (these days the Old Malt Cask range…  More info

Bowmore 10 Year Old 1989 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

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

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

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