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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 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 Springtide

70cl, 54.9%

Bowmore Springtide is the distillery's premium offering for the travel retail market, a cask strength, non chill-filtered single malt predominantly matured in first-fill Spanish Oloroso sherry casks.  More info

Bowmore Springtide

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 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
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$86.27

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 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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$83.93

Bowmore 15 Year Old 2001 (cask 108) - Artist #8 (La Maison du Whisky)

70cl, 55.3%

This right here is a 15 year old single malt from the wonderful Islay-based Bowmore distillery, independently bottled by La Maison du Whisky for its Artist #8 series. The whisky entered this world…  More info

Bowmore 15 Year Old 2001 (cask 108) - Artist #8 (La Maison du Whisky)
$448.87

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 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 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 23 Year Old 1989 Port Matured

70cl, 50.8%

A 23 year old single malt from the Bowmore distillery, aged completely in port casks to compliment the floral and peaty flavours the Islay distillery is known for. Because it's such a special…  More info

Bowmore 23 Year Old 1989 Port Matured
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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)

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
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$43.11

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 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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