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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 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
$417.94

Earth, Wind, Fire! 1990 (bottled 2018) - Wemyss Malts (Bowmore)

70cl, 46%

Single malt from Islay's Bowmore, distilled back in 1990 and left to age in a hogshead cask until 2018, when it was bottled with an outturn of 200 bottles. It was named Earth, Wind, Fire! as a hint…  More info

Earth, Wind, Fire! 1990 (bottled 2018) - Wemyss Malts (Bowmore)
$297.77

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)
$4,179.90

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)
$496.36

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
$3,129.70

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
$522.49

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
$365.75

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
$417.99

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)
$407.54

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
$1,044.97

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
$365.75

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
$412.77

Bowmore 2002 (bottled 2017) (cask 14) - Samaroli

70cl, 50%

A 2002 vintage single malt from the Bowmore distillery on Islay, bottled by Italian indie bottler, Samaroli! It was bottled in 2017, and only 380 bottles were produced. A restrained expression - not…  More info

Bowmore 2002 (bottled 2017) (cask 14) - Samaroli
$521.39
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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)
$287.37
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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
$202.28

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)
$244.42
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Bowmore 16 Year Old 2000 (cask CM 232) - The Golden Cask (House of Macduff)

70cl, 59.2%

Smoky single malt Scotch whisky from Bowmore that was independently bottled for the Golden Cask range by the House of Macduff. It was distilled in 2000 and bottled 16 years later in 2016 at a hefty…  More info

Bowmore 16 Year Old 2000 (cask CM 232) - The Golden Cask (House of Macduff)
$125.15

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
$261.24

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
$1,562.23

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)
$277.90

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)
$255.51

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
$356.19
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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)
$2,351.19

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
$428.92

Bowmore 30 Year Old - The Kinship (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 46.2%

Hunter Laing's The 2019 Kinship collection is made up exclusively of whiskies from Islay distilleries, in order to celebrate the opening of its new Ardnahoe distillery on the island. This Bowmore…  More info

Bowmore 30 Year Old - The Kinship (Hunter Laing)
$642.66

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