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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 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
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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
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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
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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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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 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 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 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 Black Rock 1l

100cl, 40%

A travel retail release from Bowmore, Black Rock is matured predominantly in Spanish ex-Sherry casks for a sweet-but smoky dram. Plenty of rich fruit, chewy vanilla and peat smoke, all well balanced.…  More info

Bowmore Black Rock 1l
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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 19 Year Old

70cl, 48.9%

A 19 year old single malt produced on the Isle of Islay by the excellent Bowmore distillery. This particular expression spends its whole maturation in first-fill ex-Château Lagrange French oak…  More info

Bowmore 19 Year Old
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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 Legend (Legend of the Gulls) - 1990s

70cl, 40%

Bowmore Legend of the Gulls is a no-age-statement bottling from the 1990s, part of the Bowmore Legends series that celebrates the myths and, of course, legends of Islay's history. This rare…  More info

Bowmore Legend (Legend of the Gulls) - 1990s

Bowmore 21 Year Old 1973

70cl, 43%

A 1973 vintage single malt from Islay's Bowmore distillery, aged for 21 years and bottled in the 1990s. This era of Bowmore whisky is particularly revered, and this expression ought to be a great…  More info

Bowmore 21 Year Old 1973

Bw7 - Elements of Islay (Bowmore)

50cl, 53.2%

It's the seventh release of Bw from the Elements of Islay independent bottling range. If only we could crack the code and figure out which Islay whisky distillery this one came from... If only...  More info

Bw7 - Elements of Islay (Bowmore)

Bowmore DeLuxe - 1970s

75cl, 43%

A very cool collectible from Bowmore. This is a bottle of Bowmore Deluxe, which we think was produced in the 1970s. Not only is the bottle vastly different to modern ones, the label features some…  More info

Bowmore DeLuxe - 1970s

Bowmore 15 Year Old 2001 (cask 11803) - Clan Denny (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 48%

Oh, hello - could it be another excellent bottling of single malt Scotch whisky from the Clan Denny selection by Douglas Laing? Marvellous! This delicious indie bottling of 15 year old Islay single…  More info

Bowmore 15 Year Old 2001 (cask 11803) - Clan Denny (Douglas Laing)

Bowmore 15 Year Old Mariner (Old Bottling)

70cl, 43%

An old and collectible bottle of Bowmore 15 Year Old Mariner, one of the distillery's Travel Retail bottlings from years gone by. This was produced back in the says before Bowmore bottles became much…  More info

Bowmore 15 Year Old Mariner (Old Bottling)

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