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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 Vault Edition - Atlantic Sea Salt

70cl, 51.5%

The first release in Bowmore's Vault Edition series, launched in 2016. This series will explore four of the characteristics found in Bowmore's whiskies after maturing in their No.1 Vaults maturation…  More info

Bowmore Vault Edition - Atlantic Sea Salt
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Bowmore 2001 (bottled 2015) (cask 15049) - 46 Range (Malts of Scotland)

70cl, 46%

A 2001 vintage Bowmore single malt, aged in a single bourbon hogshead until 2015. It was bottled by Malts of Scotland with an outturn of 330 bottles.  More info

Bowmore 2001 (bottled 2015) (cask 15049) - 46 Range (Malts of Scotland)

Bowmore 14 Year Old 2002 (casks 815801-815810) - Chieftain's (Ian Macleod)

70cl, 46%

A Chieftain's bottling of 14 year old single malt from the excellent Bowmore distillery on the Isle of Islay. This was distilled in April 2002 and allowed to mature in hogshead casks until August…  More info

Bowmore 14 Year Old 2002 (casks 815801-815810) - Chieftain's (Ian Macleod)

Bowmore 14 Year Old 1999 (cask 10146) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50%

14 year old Bowmore single malt Scotch whisky, bottled for the Old Malt Cask range by Hunter Laing. 563 bottles were produced.  More info

Bowmore 14 Year Old 1999 (cask 10146) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

The John Milroy 21 Year Old Islay (Berry Bros. & Rudd)

70cl, 45%

A single-cask bottling of Bowmore named for John Milroy.  More info

The John Milroy 21 Year Old Islay (Berry Bros. & Rudd)

Bowmore 18 Year Old - Deep & Complex

70cl, 43%

A "deep & complex" 18 year old single malt from the excellent Bowmore distillery on Islay, matured in both Oloroso and Pedro Ximenéz casks. This was originally launched for the Travel Retail Market…  More info

Bowmore 18 Year Old - Deep & Complex
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Bowmore White Sands 17 Year Old

70cl, 43%

Released in a trio of travel retail bottlings, Bowmore's White Sands 17 Year Old single malt Scotch whisky gets matured in ex-bourbon casks, bringing creamy vanilla and thick treacle notes to the…  More info

Bowmore White Sands 17 Year Old
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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)

Smoke on the Sea Shore 1996 - Wemyss Malts (Bowmore)

70cl, 46%

A beautiful whisky, which tastes exactly as the name suggests! This is a single cask Islay malt, distilled in 1996, and aged in a hogshead before bottling for the Wemyss Malts range in 2011. A…  More info

Smoke on the Sea Shore 1996 - Wemyss Malts (Bowmore)

Bowmore 16 Year Old 1998 (cask 11211) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50%

16 year old Bowmore single malt Scotch whisky, bottled as part of the Old Malt Cask range by Hunter Laing. This peaty Islay treat was distilled in June 1998 and set aside to age in refill hogshead…  More info

Bowmore 16 Year Old 1998 (cask 11211) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

Coastal Confection 1996 (bottled 2015) - Wemyss Malts (Bowmore)

70cl, 54.7%

Another fantastic Wemyss Malts independently bottled whisky here, this time from the renowned Bowmore distillery on Islay. It was distilled in 1996 and left to age in a hogshead cask until 2015, when…  More info

Coastal Confection 1996 (bottled 2015) - Wemyss Malts (Bowmore)

Bowmore 16 Year Old 1995 (Adelphi)

70cl, 54.4%

An interesting Bowmore from Adelphi which offers marked differences to the distillery's standard character.  More info

Bowmore 16 Year Old 1995 (Adelphi)

The John Milroy 22 Year Old Islay (Berry Bros. & Rudd)

70cl, 48.4%

A single-cask bottling of Islay's Bowmore bottled with the approval of Whisky Legend John Milroy.  More info

The John Milroy 22 Year Old Islay (Berry Bros. & Rudd)

Bowmore 19 Year Old 1992 (cask 4192) - Mackillop's Choice

70cl, 43%

This is a twenty year old Bowmore bottled by Mackillop's Choice in 2012. Bowmore is the oldest distillery on Islay and produces a smoky malt whisky.  More info

Bowmore 19 Year Old 1992 (cask 4192) - Mackillop's Choice

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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Bowmore 8 Year Old 1999 - Feis Ile 2008

70cl, 57.4%

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

Bowmore 17 Year Old 1997 (cask 2421) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 52.3%

From the Bowmore distillery on Islay comes a single cask single malt Scotch whisky, bottled by the wonderful chaps at Signatory. This Cask Strength Collection bottling features 17 year old whisky…  More info

Bowmore 17 Year Old 1997 (cask 2421) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

Bowmore 15 Year Old Darkest No.1 Vaults Gift Set

70cl, 43%

A fantastic gift set from the Islay distillery, Bowmore. It includes a 70cl bottle of Bowmore 15 Year Old Darkest single malt Scotch whisky, which has been matured in American bourbon barrels and…  More info

Bowmore 15 Year Old Darkest No.1 Vaults Gift Set
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Bowmore 12 Year Old 2003 (cask 20142) - Cask Collection (A. D. Rattray)

70cl, 59.5%

Indie Islay whisky here, distilled by Bowmore and bottled by A.D. Rattray! It was distilled back in October 2003 and set aside to age in a bourbon cask for 12 years, before being bottled in July 2016…  More info

Bowmore 12 Year Old 2003 (cask 20142) - Cask Collection (A. D. Rattray)

Bw5 - Elements of Islay (Bowmore)

50cl, 50.2%

From the Speciality Drinks Periodic-Table-influenced Elements of Islay range comes the fifth edition of "Bw". Good balance of citrus fruit and classic Bowmore smoke with this one.  More info

Bw5 - Elements of Islay (Bowmore)

Shellfish Platter 1997 (bottled 2015) - Wemyss Malts (Bowmore)

70cl, 46%

A single cask Bowmore, bottled by the folks at Wemyss Malts! This was distilled on Islay in 1997 and left to age in a single hgshead cask until 2015, when it was bottled at 46% ABV and bestowed the…  More info

Shellfish Platter 1997 (bottled 2015) - Wemyss Malts (Bowmore)

Bowmore MacBeatha - 4th Edition

70cl, 60.3%

A Bowmore from Kilchoman? Sort of... Kilchoman uses the MacBeatha name to market their single cask bottlings from other Islay distilleries. This is the fourth edition in the range, a single cask…  More info

Bowmore MacBeatha - 4th Edition

Bowmore 13 Year Old 2000 (cask 65) - Cask Collection (A.D. Rattray)

70cl, 57.3%

Single malt Scotch whisky from the Bowmore distillery, an Islay favourite. This was matured in a bourbon hogshead (#65, if you were wondering) from May 2000 to April 2014, bottled just shy of 14…  More info

Bowmore 13 Year Old 2000 (cask 65) - Cask Collection (A.D. Rattray)

Bowmore Surf 1L

100cl, 40%

A litre bottle of Bowmore Surf, an expression reserved for the Travel Retail Market. Interestingly, this bottle was produced before the whole Bowmore range received a redesign, hence the golden…  More info

Bowmore Surf 1L

Aniseed Pastille 1996 - Wemyss Malts (Bowmore)

70cl, 46%

Single malt Scotch whisky from the Bowmore distillery, matured in a single hogshead from 1996 to 2014. It was bottled with an outturn of 344 bottles by Wemyss and given the tasty title Aniseed…  More info

Aniseed Pastille 1996 - Wemyss Malts (Bowmore)

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