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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

70cl, 40%

Released in 2016, this is a well-Sherried single malt from the Bowmore distillery on the Isle of Islay. Whiskies matured in both bourbon and Sherry casks were used for this release, and Bowmore's…  More info

Bowmore 9 Year Old
$30.52

Bowmore 8 Year Old 2002 (Murray McDavid)

70cl, 46%

This was distilled at Bowmore in 2002, and it was initially aged in bourbon casks. It was then taken to Bruichladdich, where it was finished for a few years in Chateau Latour casks. A release of…  More info

Bowmore 8 Year Old 2002 (Murray McDavid)

Bowmore 16 Year Old 1990 Sherry Matured

70cl, 53.80%

A 1990 vintage from the Bowmore distillery, bottled at cask strength, this 16 year old was matured in Oloroso sherry casks and the sherry notes really shine through with enough strength to match up…  More info

Bowmore 16 Year Old 1990 Sherry Matured

Bowmore 37 Year Old 1968

70cl, 43.40%

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 Black Bowmore 42 Year Old 1964

70cl, 40.50%

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 Bowmore 42 Year Old 1964
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Bowmore 12 Year Old - Jewels of Scotland (Lombard)

70cl, 50%

This twelve year old Bowmore distilled in 1989 was bottled by Lombard for their Jewels of Scotland range. Bowmore is the oldest distillery on the island of Islay and is a peated style of single malt…  More info

Bowmore 12 Year Old - Jewels of Scotland (Lombard)
$69.29

Bowmore 1985 Feis Ile 2012

70cl, 52.30%

This was distilled in 1985 and aged in sherry and bourbon casks in the renowned Bowmore No. 1 Vaults. This was bottled in 2012 at natural cask strength for the 2012 Feis Ile (Islay Festival) and…  More info

Bowmore 1985 Feis Ile 2012
$864.32

Bowmore 15 Year Old Feis Ile 2011

70cl, 54.40%

Made especially for the 2011 Feis Ile, this Bowmore was aged for 15 years and finished in a sherry cask before bottling at natural cask strength. A release of just 500 bottles. Very rare!  More info

Bowmore 15 Year Old Feis Ile 2011
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$183.62

Bowmore 8 Year Old 1999 - Feis Ile 2008

70cl, 57.40%

This was distilled at Bowmore on the 14th June 1999, and it was aged in Limousin oak in warehouse 5 for 8 years before bottling for the 2008 Feis Ile. A release of 800 numbered bottles, fabulous…  More info

Bowmore 8 Year Old 1999 - Feis Ile 2008
$88.54

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

70cl, 44.70%

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 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 23 Year Old 1985 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 54.40%

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 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 Largiemeanoch 22 Year Old 1972

70cl, 57.30%

An incredibly rare Bowmore, bottled by the Whisky Connoisseurs. Largiemeanoch is very, very hard to come by. Distilled on the 17th February 1972, and aged in cask 906. This was bottled at "100.2…  More info

Bowmore Largiemeanoch 22 Year Old 1972
$358.65

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 25 Year Old 1983 - Old and Rare Platinum (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 47.80%

Distilled in March 1983 at the Bowmore distillery, this was aged for 25 years in a single cask before bottling at natural cask strength in August 2008 for the Old and Rare Platinum selection.  More info

Bowmore 25 Year Old 1983 - Old and Rare Platinum (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 22 Year Old 1987 - Old and Rare Platinum (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 56.10%

A rare and very handsome Bowmore, distilled in November of 1987 and aged for 22 years before bottling in April 2010. This was finished in a sherry hogshead which bore 244 bottles of cask strength…  More info

Bowmore 22 Year Old 1987 - Old and Rare Platinum (Douglas Laing)

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 27 Year Old 1982 - The Octave (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 50.60%

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 17 Year Old - Duthies (WM Cadenhead)

70cl, 46%

Smooth and well balanced 17 year old Bowmore from Cadenhead's Duthies range. A release of just 573 bottles.  More info

Bowmore 17 Year Old - Duthies (WM Cadenhead)

Bowmore 10 Year Old 1997 Advance Sample - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

20cl, 50%

This was distilled in March of 1997, and it was aged in refill hogshead 3538 for 10 years before bottling in May 2008 by Douglas Laing.  More info

Bowmore 10 Year Old 1997 Advance Sample - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

Bowmore 9 Year Old Cigar Malt Advance Sample - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

20cl, 50%

A 9 year old Bowmore from that was bottled by Douglas Laing. This was selected for its flavour qualities that make it the perfect partner for a good cigar.  More info

Bowmore 9 Year Old Cigar Malt Advance Sample - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

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 40 Year Old 1968 - Peerless (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 42.70%

This incredible Bowmore was aged for a whopping 40 years. When you think that 40 year old Bowmores regularly command prices of upwards of several thousand pounds you know this is an amazing bargain!  More info

Bowmore 40 Year Old 1968 - Peerless (Duncan Taylor)

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