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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 15 Year Old

70cl, 43%

A 15 year old released in January of 2007 from the legendary Bowmore distillery in Islay, finished in Sherry casks, imparting a rich sweetness that blends well with the peaty elements.  More info

Bowmore 15 Year Old
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$54.65
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Bowmore 12 Year Old

70cl, 40%

The heart of the Bowmore range, the 12 year old exhibits some beautiful coastal notes with a gentle peat, it is the balance that the floral element presents that makes this a great entry bottling for…  More info

Bowmore 12 Year Old
130
$38.01
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Bowmore Vault Edition - Peat Smoke

70cl, 50.1%

It's the second release in Bowmore's Vault Edition series! Following on from the first expression, this bottling has been titled Peat Smoke, and rather appropriately, it showcases the whisky's peaty…  More info

Bowmore Vault Edition - Peat Smoke
$76.07

Bowmore 18 Year Old

70cl, 43%

A comparatively recent release from Bowmore, the 18 year old was launched in January of 2007 to replace the 17 year old. A perfumed, fruity offering from the Islay distillery.  More info

Bowmore 18 Year Old
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$80.42

Bowmore 15 Year Old Gift Pack

70cl, 43%

A stylish gift set from Bowmore, boasting a bottle of the distillery's 15 Year Old, which has spent three years finishing in Oloroso sherry casks. It comes with some rather fancy glasses, which are…  More info

Bowmore 15 Year Old Gift Pack
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$59.75

Bowmore 17 Year Old Moscatel Cask Finish (Darkness)

50cl, 53.6%

An excellent indie Islay whisky here, distilled by the brilliant Bowmore and bottled up for the Darkness range. However, before it was bottled, it was allowed a finishing period in a Moscatel sherry…  More info

Bowmore 17 Year Old Moscatel Cask Finish (Darkness)
$210.92

Bowmore No.1

70cl, 40%

Bowmore No.1 is produced using single malt Scotch whisky drawn exclusively from first-fill bourbon casks, imparting a creamy sweetness which blends well with the robust Islay smoke that Bowmore is…  More info

Bowmore No.1
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$32.52

Bowmore 30 Year Old - The Kinship (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 58%

From Hunter Laing's The Kinship indie bottling series comes a 30 year old single malt produced at Islay's Bowmore Distillery! An impressive whisky, aged for three decades before being bottled up at…  More info

Bowmore 30 Year Old - The Kinship (Hunter Laing)
$608.99

Bowmore 19 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 51.4%

A 19 year old single malt from the Bowmore distillery, independently bottled by That Boutique-y Whisky Company. That lifeguard from the nearby pool (which Bowmore heats using waste heat from its…  More info

Bowmore 19 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
$188.08

Bowmore 25 Year Old

70cl, 43%

A 25 year old from the Bowmore distillery aged in American bourbon and Spanish sherry casks. The sherry influence combines wonderfully with the coastal, smoky distillery style to create a sublime…  More info

Bowmore 25 Year Old
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$353.42
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Bowmore 42 Year Old 1974 (cask 4435) - Cask Strength Collection Rare Reserve (Signatory)

70cl, 49.6%

Very old single malt from the Bowmore distillery on Islay, drawn from a single hogshead cask that matured the whisky for a massive 42 years. Said cask was filled in May 1974 and cracked open in…  More info

Bowmore 42 Year Old 1974 (cask 4435) - Cask Strength Collection Rare Reserve (Signatory)
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$2,446.80

Bowmore 27 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 47.6%

This is the fifth batch of Bowmore single malt Scotch whisky independently bottled by That Boutique-y Whisky Company. It's a well-aged expression from the distillery on the isle of Islay, having…  More info

Bowmore 27 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
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$372.94
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Bw8 - Elements of Islay (Bowmore)

50cl, 51.2%

From the ever awesome Elements of Islay range comes this independently bottled Bowmore, dubbed Bw8! This one has been matured for many moons in bourbon barrels and sherry butts. Just 1,320 bottles…  More info

Bw8 - Elements of Islay (Bowmore)
$152.20

Bowmore 1992 (bottled 2017) - Mackillop's Choice

70cl, 50.7%

This single malt Scotch whisky was distilled at Bowmore on 17 September 1992 and matured in a single cask until September 2017, when it was bottled at a cask strength of 50.7% ABV for Mackillop's…  More info

Bowmore 1992 (bottled 2017) - Mackillop's Choice
$370.67
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Bowmore 26 Year Old (cask 27935) - The Lowest Tide (Woolf Sung)

70cl, 50.9%

It's the second eagerly awaited release from the Woolf Sung Collection, dubbed The Lowest Tide. It's a stunning single cask bottling of Bowmore distilled in 1991, which has been aged for a whopping…  More info

Bowmore 26 Year Old (cask 27935) - The Lowest Tide (Woolf Sung)
$538.30

Bowmore 1991 (bottled 2016) (cask 253010) - Rare Select (Montgomerie's)

70cl, 46%

This a Montgomerie's Rare Select bottling of Bowmore single malt, aged in a single cask from April 1991 to April 2016. Lovely Islay whisky to be had, right here.  More info

Bowmore 1991 (bottled 2016) (cask 253010) - Rare Select (Montgomerie's)
$254.38

Bowmore 15 Year Old - Golden & Elegant 1L

100cl, 43%

One of a trio of bottlings originally released for the Travel Retail market by Bowmore in 2017. The 15 Year Old expression matures in first-fill bourbon casks, resulting in generous bundles of…  More info

Bowmore 15 Year Old - Golden & Elegant 1L
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$71.02

Bowmore Black 31 Year Old 1964 - Final Edition

70cl, 49%

Absurdly well-sherried single malt from Bowmore, distilled in 1964 and bottled in the 1990s as part of a trio of whiskies that have developed something of a reputation since their release. The word…  More info

Bowmore Black 31 Year Old 1964 - Final Edition
$23,924.26

Bowmore 25 Year Old 1969

70cl, 43%

A 1969 vintage Bowmore single malt, matured for 25 years and bottled at some point during the 1990s. Very rare and collectible stuff. This bottle was part of a private collection - if you'd like…  More info

Bowmore 25 Year Old 1969
$2,990.54

Bowmore 18 Year Old 2001 (cask 106) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 55.4%

An 18 year old Bowmore single malt, distilled back in March 2001, and finished in a sherry butt for 25 months before being bottled in August 2019 by Signatory for La Maison du Whisky as part of the…  More info

Bowmore 18 Year Old 2001 (cask 106) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)
$413.55

Bowmore 16 Year Old 2003 (Release No.11699) - The Stories of Wind & Wave (The Character of Islay Whisky Company)

70cl, 55.2%

A fab Bowmore single malt here from The Character of Islay Whisky Company's very own indie bottling range, The Stories of Wind & Wave. Showing off the excellent whiskies of Islay is what this series…  More info

Bowmore 16 Year Old 2003 (Release No.11699) - The Stories of Wind & Wave (The Character of Islay Whisky Company)
$288.12

Bowmore 18 Year Old 2001 (Release No.11715) - The Stories of Wind & Wave (The Character of Islay Whisky Company)

70cl, 50.8%

Released as part of The Character of Islay Whisky Company's independent bottling range, The Stories of Wind & Wave (if you've been on the ferry to Islay, you'll know all about that name), this right…  More info

Bowmore 18 Year Old 2001 (Release No.11715) - The Stories of Wind & Wave (The Character of Islay Whisky Company)
$320.75

Bowmore 16 Year Old 2003 (Release No.11697) - The Stories of Wind & Wave (The Character of Islay Whisky Company)

70cl, 49.9%

A single cask single malt from the Bowmore Distillery, matured for 16 years in a refill bourbon barrel before being independently bottled by The Character of Islay Whisky Company as part of its The…  More info

Bowmore 16 Year Old 2003 (Release No.11697) - The Stories of Wind & Wave (The Character of Islay Whisky Company)
$288.12

Bowmore 18 Year Old 2001 (Release No.11714) - The Stories of Wind & Wave (The Character of Islay Whisky Company)

70cl, 55.4%

18 year old single malt here from Islay's brilliant Bowmore Distillery, independently bottled by The Character of Islay Whisky Company for The Stories of Wind & Wave series. Just the thing for…  More info

Bowmore 18 Year Old 2001 (Release No.11714) - The Stories of Wind & Wave (The Character of Islay Whisky Company)
$320.75

Bowmore 16 Year Old 2003 (Release No.11698) - The Stories of Wind & Wave (The Character of Islay Whisky Company)

70cl, 57.4%

The Character of Islay Whisky Company has gone and launched The Stories of Wind & Wave range of independently bottled whiskies from the eponymous Inner Hebrides island. This particular release is a…  More info

Bowmore 16 Year Old 2003 (Release No.11698) - The Stories of Wind & Wave (The Character of Islay Whisky Company)
$288.12

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