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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 Darkest (35cl)

35cl, 43%

These days, Bowmore's 15 Year Old Darkest is simply known as Bowmore 15 Year Old. However, if you prefer the previous, slightly dramatic name, then these 35cl bottles will be rather pleasing indeed.…  More info

Bowmore 15 Year Old Darkest (35cl)
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Bowmore 12 Year Old With Free Water Jug

70cl, 40%

The Bowmore 12 Year Old single malt Scotch whisky - sure to have been a wonderful introduction to the coastal, peated whisky of Islay to many a whisky fan. Gentle but distinct peaty notes waft in,…  More info

Bowmore 12 Year Old With Free Water Jug

Bowmore 9 Year Old 2001 (Murray McDavid)

70cl, 46%

This was distilled at Bowmore in 2001, and initially aged in bourbon casks. It was then taken a few miles down the road to the Bruichladdich distillery, where it was finished in Port Pipes before…  More info

Bowmore 9 Year Old 2001 (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 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 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)

Bowmore Small Batch - Bourbon Cask Matured

70cl, 40%

Bowmore Small Batch is an elegant Islay single malt, when gets matured in both first-fill and second-fill bourbon barrels. A great introduction to Bowmore's lovely smoky flavour profile - the Small…  More info

Bowmore Small Batch - Bourbon Cask Matured
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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 12 Year Old (Alchemist)

70cl, 46%

A very rich, charactered 12 year old Bowmore, bottled by top bottlers, Alchemist. Very distinct, and uniquely Bowmore.  More info

Bowmore 12 Year Old (Alchemist)

Bowmore 9 Year Old 2000 (Murray McDavid)

70cl, 46%

This Bowmore was aged in a sherry cask for 9 years. It was taken for additional maturation at the Bruichladdich warehouses, before bottling in 2009. A release of 1,600 bottles from Murray McDavid.  More info

Bowmore 9 Year Old 2000 (Murray McDavid)

Bowmore 12 Year Old 1999 - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)

70cl, 46%

Distilled at Bowmore on the 4th May 1999, this was aged in three bourbon barrels (numbers 800196 thru' '198) before bottling by Signatory on the 26th January 2012. A release of 998 bottles.  More info

Bowmore 12 Year Old 1999 - Un-Chillfiltered (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 12 Year Old Gift Pack with 2x Glasses

70cl, 40%

Fancy giving the gift of peaty deliciousness? Islay's Bowmore distillery have made that possible with their Bowmore 12 Year Old Gift Pack, featuring a fully bottle of the fantastic entry-level…  More info

Bowmore 12 Year Old Gift Pack with 2x Glasses

Bowmore Legend

70cl, 40%

A young, rather gentle Bowmore. Whilst not massively complex or full-bodied, Legend is still a great value for money malt.  More info

Bowmore Legend
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Bowmore 14 Year Old 1997 - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)

70cl, 46%

This was distilled at Bowmore on the 13th June 1997, and it was aged for 14 years in hogsheads 1906 and 1907 before bottling on the 13th June 2011. A release of 779 numbered bottles from Signatory.  More info

Bowmore 14 Year Old 1997 - Un-Chillfiltered (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 13 Year Old 1999 - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)

70cl, 46%

Bowmore is the oldest distillery on Islay and this bottle has been filled without chill filtration for Signatory's Un-Chill Filtered range.  More info

Bowmore 13 Year Old 1999 - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)
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Bowmore 10 Year Old - Dark & Intense 1L

100cl, 40%

Originally released for the Travel Retail market, this 10 year old Bowmore single malt is a marriage of Spanish oak Sherry casks and hogsheads, resulting in a fine balance between classic coastal…  More info

Bowmore 10 Year Old - Dark & Intense 1L
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Bowmore 13 Year Old 2000 (casks 1427+1428) - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)

70cl, 46%

A 13 year old whisky from Islay's oldest distillery, Bowmore. It has been bottled by Signatory for their Un-Chillfiltered Collection, so get ready for an awesome independently bottled single malt!…  More info

Bowmore 13 Year Old 2000 (casks 1427+1428) - Un-Chillfiltered (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 Tempest 10 Year Old - Batch 3

70cl, 55.6%

The third release of the stunningly good Bowmore Tempest, a cask-strength 10 year old from the Islay distillery. This particular expression offers up oodles of fruity flavour and complexity.  More info

Bowmore Tempest 10 Year Old - Batch 3
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Bowmore 13 Year Old 2000 (casks 1432+1433) - Un-Chillfiltered Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 46%

Distilled at the oldest Islay distillery, Bowmore, this un-chillfiltered 13 year old was bottled by Signatory. Casks 1432 & 1433 produced some rather fantastic single malt Scotch whisky. 809 bottles…  More info

Bowmore 13 Year Old 2000 (casks 1432+1433) - Un-Chillfiltered Collection (Signatory)

Bowmore 13 Year Old 1999 (casks 800291/292/294) - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)

70cl, 46%

A (comparatively) young Islay whisky from Signatory. Peat smoke ho!  More info

Bowmore 13 Year Old 1999 (casks 800291/292/294) - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)

Bowmore 11 Year Old 2000 (Boisdale Collection)

70cl, 46%

This Bowmore was bottled by Berry Brothers and Rudd for the Boisdale chain of Scottish bars and restaurants. It is bottled at 46%abv without chill filtration.  More info

Bowmore 11 Year Old 2000 (Boisdale Collection)

Bowmore 9 Year Old 1999 - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%

A 9 year old Bowmore from Douglas Laing's Provenance range. This whisky was distilled in Summer 1999 and bottled in 2009 after maturation in a single refill hogshead.  More info

Bowmore 9 Year Old 1999 - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

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