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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 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)

Bowmore 16 Year Old 1998 (cask 10448) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 48.4%

An independently bottled Bowmore single malt Scotch whisky, aged in a single cask for 16 years! This lovely little Islay whisky was distilled in June 1998 and left to age until September 2014, when…  More info

Bowmore 16 Year Old 1998 (cask 10448) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

Bowmore 16 Year Old 1999 (cask 11107) Feis Ile 2016 - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 48.3%

A single cask Islay single malt from Bowmore bottled by Douglas Laing for Fèis Ìle 2016. Distilled in September 1999, it matured in a refill hogshead until March 2016 when the outturn was 246 bottles.  More info

Bowmore 16 Year Old 1999 (cask 11107) Feis Ile 2016 - Old Particular (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 1989 (Berry Bros. & Rudd)

70cl, 53.7%

This is twenty-two year old Bowmore was bottled by Berry Brothers and Rudd from a single cask.  More info

Bowmore 22 Year Old 1989 (Berry Bros. & Rudd)

Bowmore 25 Year Old 1984 - Rare Select (Montgomerie's)

70cl, 46%

This was distilled at Bowmore on the 12th March 1984 and it was aged in cask M427 for 25 years before bottling in July 2009 by Montgomerie's.  More info

Bowmore 25 Year Old 1984 - Rare Select (Montgomerie's)

Bowmore 15 Year Old 2001 (cask 11803) - Clan Denny (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 48%

Oh, hello - could it be another excellent bottling of single malt Scotch whisky from the Clan Denny selection by Douglas Laing? Marvellous! This delicious indie bottling of 15 year old Islay single…  More info

Bowmore 15 Year Old 2001 (cask 11803) - Clan Denny (Douglas Laing)

Bowmore 17 Year Old 1996 (cask 10125) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 48.4%

A sooty 17 year old Bowmore here from Douglas Laing's particularly good old Particular range. 312 bottles of this Islay whisky were produced from a single hogshead.  More info

Bowmore 17 Year Old 1996 (cask 10125) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

Bowmore 27 Year Old 1982 - The Octave (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 50.6%

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

70cl, 43%

A 17 year old Bowmore with a beautifully balanced, rounded palate with notes of soft chocolate, toffee apples and a little wood smoke. This was a Gold Medal winner at the International Spirits…  More info

Bowmore 17 Year Old
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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 28 Year Old 1980 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 44.7%

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 1998 (cask 800152) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 56.7%

Mature in a refill Sherry hogshead for 16 years, this Bowmore was distilled on 2nd June 1998 and bottled on 10th April 2015. A delicious offering from Signatory's Cask Strength Collection, the…  More info

Bowmore 16 Year Old 1998 (cask 800152) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

Bowmore 16 Year Old 1998 (cask 800151) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 54.3%

A gorgeous independent bottling of single malt from the Bowmore distillery on the isle of Islay, presented at cask strength. It was distilled back in June 1998 and set aside to age in a single…  More info

Bowmore 16 Year Old 1998 (cask 800151) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

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