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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 Dusk

70cl, 50%

A very interesting and incredibly rare Bowmore, finished in Bordeaux red wine casks. Rich and very fruity. Bowmore Dusk is a collector's favourite.  More info

Bowmore Dusk
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Bowmore 21 Year Old 1989 - Mission (Murray McDavid)

70cl, 56.1%

A sherry cask Bowmore distilled in 1989. The cask was selected by Jim McEwan and it was bottled at the Bruichladdich distillery in 2010. This is part of a release of 479 bottles.  More info

Bowmore 21 Year Old 1989 - Mission (Murray McDavid)

Bowmore 16 Year Old 1991 Port Matured

70cl, 53.1%

Cask strength Bowmore, this was distilled in 1991, and aged solely in port pipes. A release of 18,000 bottles.  More info

Bowmore 16 Year Old 1991 Port Matured
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Bowmore 25 Year Old 1985 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 55.8%

25 year old Bowmore, this was distilled on the 22nd November 1985, and aged in a single bourbon barrel (number 32212) before bottling on the 24th November 2010. A release of 279 numbered bottles at…  More info

Bowmore 25 Year Old 1985 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

Bowmore 30 Year Old Sea Dragon Decanter

70cl, 43%

A 30 year old Bowmore, packaged in a handsome opaque black ceramic decanter bottle, with a beautifully painted sea dragon on the bottle. It has a dragon on it, so you know it must be good.  More info

Bowmore 30 Year Old Sea Dragon Decanter
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$530.33

Bowmore 25 Year Old 1985 Cask 32211 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 56.1%

This cask strength, single cask Bowmore was distilled on the 22nd November 1985, and it was aged in hogshead 32211 for 25 years before bottling by Signatory on the 16th June 2011. A release of 257…  More info

Bowmore 25 Year Old 1985 Cask 32211 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

Bowmore 12 Year Old 1998 (Adelphi)

70cl, 61.9%

This was distilled at Bowmore in 1998, and it was aged in refill sherry cask number 800017 before bottling by Adelphi.  More info

Bowmore 12 Year Old 1998 (Adelphi)

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 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 8 Year Old 1998 - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%

An 8 year old Bowmore distilled in Winter 1998. This was aged for 8 years, and it was finished in a Gabriel Meffre Rhone Valley wine cask (number 3895) before bottling in Autumn of 2007.  More info

Bowmore 8 Year Old 1998 - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

Bowmore 10 Year Old (Adelphi)

70cl, 58.8%

One of 306 bottles yielded at 54.7% ABV. The younger bowmores from Adelphi are a stark contrast to the distillery's own younger releases, and stand up well to the (very impressive) Tempest releases.  More info

Bowmore 10 Year Old (Adelphi)

Bowmore 29 Year Old 1982 - Rare Auld (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 50.1%

This Bowmore was distilled in October of 1982 and was aged for 29 years in cask 85212 before bottling by Duncan Taylor in October 2011. A cask strength release of 218 numbered bottles.  More info

Bowmore 29 Year Old 1982 - Rare Auld (Duncan Taylor)

Bowmore 25 Year Old 1985 Cask 32206 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 55%

A cask strength, 25 year old Bowmore distilled on the 22nd November 1985 and aged in hogshead number 32206 before bottling by Signatory on the 3rd November 2011. A release of 271 numbered bottles at…  More info

Bowmore 25 Year Old 1985 Cask 32206 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

Bowmore 16 Year Old 1994 - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)

70cl, 46%

Distilled at Bowmore on the 19th April 1994 and aged in two hogsheads before bottling by Signatory on the 12th October 2010. A release of 742 bottles.  More info

Bowmore 16 Year Old 1994 - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)
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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 Tempest 10 Year Old - Batch 1

70cl, 55.3%

Tempest is a very special release from Bowmore, it’s a cask strength malt made by vatting first-fill bourbon matured whisky. Very rich and complex.  More info

Bowmore Tempest 10 Year Old - Batch 1
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$48.86

Bowmore Darkest

70cl, 43%

A rich, sherry-matured Bowmore. Very similar to the world famous Black Bowmore, though much younger. Very intense and fruity.  More info

Bowmore Darkest
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Bowmore 16 Year Old 1994 - Mission (Murray McDavid)

70cl, 54.4%

Distilled in 1994, this Bowmore was initially aged in sherry wood. It was selected by Murray McDavid, and taken to the Bruichladdich distillery, where it was reracked into none other than the finest…  More info

Bowmore 16 Year Old 1994 - Mission (Murray McDavid)

Bowmore 25 Year Old 1985 Cask 32207 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 53.5%

This was distilled at the Bowmore distilled on the 22nd November 1985 before a 25 year maturation in hogshead 32207. It was bottled by Signatory for their Cask Strength Collection on the 25th October…  More info

Bowmore 25 Year Old 1985 Cask 32207 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)
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Bowmore 100 Degrees Proof

100cl, 57.1%

Produced for the travel market, Bowmore 100 degrees Proof is a cask-strength, non chill-filtered Bowmore that packs a hefty maritime punch.  More info

Bowmore 100 Degrees Proof
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$84.80

Bowmore 15 Year Old Mariner

100cl, 43%

A 15-year-old expression from Bowmore, aimed at the travel retail market, Mariner is a very different Bowmore with a maritime twist.  More info

Bowmore 15 Year Old Mariner
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$74.20

Bowmore 12 Year Old Enigma

100cl, 40%

Bowmore Enigma is a 12-year-old expression with a higher proportion of sherry matured whisky than the standard bottling. Bottled for the travel retail market, this is rich and very drinkable.  More info

Bowmore 12 Year Old Enigma
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$52.99

Bowmore Springtide

70cl, 54.9%

Bowmore Springtide is the distillery's premium offering for the travel retail market, a cask strength, non chill-filtered single malt predominantly matured in first-fill Spanish Oloroso sherry casks.  More info

Bowmore Springtide
$212.10

Bowmore Maltmen's Selection

70cl, 54.6%

A lovely expression from Bowmore carefully selected by the Maltmen at the distillery. These men continue the traditional floor maltings at the distillery - a rare thing now in modern Scotch whisky…  More info

Bowmore Maltmen's Selection
$159.07

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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$5511.78

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