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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 12 Year Old 2003 (cask 20142) - Cask Collection (A. D. Rattray)

70cl, 59.5%

Indie Islay whisky here, distilled by Bowmore and bottled by A.D. Rattray! It was distilled back in October 2003 and set aside to age in a bourbon cask for 12 years, before being bottled in July 2016…  More info

Bowmore 12 Year Old 2003 (cask 20142) - Cask Collection (A. D. Rattray)

Bowmore 14 Year Old 2002 (cask 12765) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50%

A Hunter Laing bottling of 14 year old Bowmore, aged in a single cask from September 2002 to October 2016. 341 bottles were produced, bottled as part of the Old Malt Cask range.  More info

Bowmore 14 Year Old 2002 (cask 12765) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

Bowmore 26 Year Old 1988 - Feis Ile 2015

70cl, 48.3%

Matured in selected ex-Sherry casks and bottled at cask strength, this is a special Fèis Ìle 2015 release from Bowmore. This bottle was part of a private collection - if you'd like more detailed…  More info

Bowmore 26 Year Old 1988 - Feis Ile 2015

Bowmore - Batch 1 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 48.7%

This is the first batch of That Boutique-y Whisky Company’s Bowmore. This offering is a peaty style with a sherried streak running right through the middle of it. ‘That Boutique-y Whisky Company’…  More info

Bowmore - Batch 1 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

Bowmore 18 Year Old 1998 (cask 800041) - Wilson & Morgan (La Maison du Whisky 60th Anniversary)

70cl, 60.2%

An 18 year old single malt from Bowmore, distilled on Islay in 1998 and matured in a single Sherry butt. After its maturation, it was bottled in 2016 by Italian indie bottler Wilson & Morgan and…  More info

Bowmore 18 Year Old 1998 (cask 800041) - Wilson & Morgan (La Maison du Whisky 60th Anniversary)
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Bowmore 15 Year Old 2000 (cask 10794) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 48.4%

Matured in a single Sherry butt for fifteen years, 468 bottles of this Bowmore were released by Douglas Laing in December 2015 as part of their Old Particular range.  More info

Bowmore 15 Year Old 2000 (cask 10794) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

Bowmore 25 Year Old (old bottling)

70cl, 43%

A 2007 release of 25 year old whisky from the Bowmore distillery. The older whiskies used in this single malt were aged in predominantly sherry casks and this has brought a lovely roundness with…  More info

Bowmore 25 Year Old (old bottling)
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Bowmore Black 42 Year Old 1964

70cl, 40.5%

A very rare 42 year old from the Islay distillery, Bowmore. This single malt has been matured in Oloroso sherry casks and is part of a limited release of just 827 bottles. A legendary dram.  More info

Bowmore Black 42 Year Old 1964
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Bowmore 16 Year Old 1992 Bordeaux Wine Cask Finish

70cl, 53.5%

A cask strength release from the Islay distillery, Bowmore. This 'Claret' finish whisky has been matured for 16 years, with a finish in a Bordeaux Wine Cask - the label is emblazoned, accordingly,…  More info

Bowmore 16 Year Old 1992 Bordeaux Wine Cask Finish
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Bowmore 16 Year Old 1989

70cl, 51.8%

A cask strength 16 year old, a rare edition from a vatting of 134 casks of 1989 vintage Bowmore, most of the casks were ex-bourbon. The resultant single malt is thick and exudes fruit and floral…  More info

Bowmore 16 Year Old 1989

White Bowmore 43 Year Old 1964

70cl, 42.8%

Just 732 bottles of this 1964 vintage Bowmore were released. Part of a trio from that year, this one with the moniker 'White', was named after the lighter colour that bourbon maturation tends to…  More info

White Bowmore 43 Year Old 1964
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Bowmore 37 Year Old 1968

70cl, 43.4%

A 37 year old offering from Bowmore, matured in ex-bourbon casks and presents a rare bottling from an outturn of just 708 bottles. A spicy, oily, slightly vegetal whisky of excellent depth.  More info

Bowmore 37 Year Old 1968

Bowmore 26 Year Old - Single Cask (Master of Malt)

70cl, 53.4%

Our 26 year old Bowmore has oodles of character. It's full of flavours from old-fashioned tuck shops; from Drumstick lollies, to Fruit Salad Chews – and including the one particular flavour that…  More info

Bowmore 26 Year Old - Single Cask (Master of Malt)
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Bowmore 23 Year Old 1985 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 54.4%

This was distilled on the 22nd November 1985 and matured in hogshead number 32203 for 23 years before bottling by Signatory on the 13th January 2009. A release of just 234 bottles of cask strength…  More info

Bowmore 23 Year Old 1985 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

Bowmore 1998 - The Coopers Choice (The Vintage Malt Whisky Co.)

70cl, 46%

From the Bowmore distillery, smack bang in the middle of Islay. This single cask whisky was bottled for the Coopers Choice range.  More info

Bowmore 1998 - The Coopers Choice (The Vintage Malt Whisky Co.)

Bowmore 28 Year Old 1980 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 44.7%

A Signatory bottling of Bowmore. This was distilled on the 13th November 1980 and matured in bourbon barrel number 8055 for 28 years before bottling on the 16th September 2009. Part of a release of…  More info

Bowmore 28 Year Old 1980 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

Bowmore 1990 - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)

70cl, 46%

An independent bottling from Bowmore, bottled by Signatory. This was distilled on the 29th March 1990 and matured in 2 hogsheads (casks 653 and 654) for 19 years before bottling on the 16th November…  More info

Bowmore 1990 - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)
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Bowmore 9 Year Old 1998 - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%

A refill hogshead matured Bowmore. This was distilled in Winter 1998 and aged for 9 years in casks 4109 and 4110 before bottling for Douglas Laing's Provenance range in Winter 2008.  More info

Bowmore 9 Year Old 1998 - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

Bowmore 16 Year Old 1990 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 50%

A 16 year old Bowmore, distilled in November 1990 and matured in refill hogshead number 3559 before bottling by Douglas Laing in May 2007. A release of 239 bottles.  More info

Bowmore 16 Year Old 1990 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

Bowmore 25 Year Old 1983 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 50%

Some 25 year old single cask Bowmore. This was distilled in March 1983 and aged in a refill hogshead. Bottled by Douglas Laing in March 2008, with an outturn of 259 bottles.  More info

Bowmore 25 Year Old 1983 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

Bowmore 27 Year Old 1982 - The Octave (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 50.6%

The 1982 Bowmore from Duncan Taylor's incredible Octave range. The whiskies are matured in a standard cask before giving a finish in a sherry treated Octave cask (which offers a speedy maturation due…  More info

Bowmore 27 Year Old 1982 - The Octave (Duncan Taylor)

Bowmore 8 Year Old 2001 (Adelphi)

70cl, 59.9%

A release of 583 bottles of cask strength 8 year old Bowmore, bottled by Adelphi. This was distilled in 2001, and matured in cask number 1126 - a refill butt.  More info

Bowmore 8 Year Old 2001 (Adelphi)

Bowmore 14 Year Old 1994 - Mission (Murray McDavid)

70cl, 54%

Distilled at Bowmore in 1994 and matured in refill sherry casks for 14 years before bottling by Murray McDavid at the Bruichladdich distillery in 2009. An outturn of 486 bottles.  More info

Bowmore 14 Year Old 1994 - Mission (Murray McDavid)

Bowmore 7 Year Old 2002 (Murray McDavid)

70cl, 46%

7 year old Bowmore, bottled for Murray McDavid. This was distilled at the Bowmore distillery in 2002, aged in bourbon barrels and then finished in casks from First Growth Bordeaux winery Château…  More info

Bowmore 7 Year Old 2002 (Murray McDavid)

Bowmore 12 Year Old 1998 - NC2 (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 46%

12 year old Bowmore from Duncan Taylor's NC2 range of Non-Chillfiltered, Non Caramel Coloured whisky. This was distilled in 1998 and bottled in 2010.  More info

Bowmore 12 Year Old 1998 - NC2 (Duncan Taylor)

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