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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 25 Year Old

70cl, 43%

A 25 year old from the Bowmore distillery aged in American bourbon and Spanish sherry casks. The sherry influence combines wonderfully with the coastal, smoky distillery style to create a sublime…  More info

Bowmore 25 Year Old
4
$292.94

Bowmore Gold Reef 1l

100cl, 43%

From Bowmore's travel retail selection, unveiled in 2014, the Gold Reef is a gorgeous coastal dram, matured mostly in first-fill ex-bourbon casks. A fantastic Islay single malt.  More info

Bowmore Gold Reef 1l
2
$63.44

Bowmore 15 Year Old Darkest

70cl, 43%

A 15 year old released in January of 2007 from the legendary Bowmore distillery in Islay. This single malt has enjoyed maturation in Oloroso sherry casks.  More info

Bowmore 15 Year Old Darkest
31
$55.44

Bowmore 18 Year Old

70cl, 43%

A comparatively recent release from Bowmore, the 18 year old was launched in January of 2007 to replace the 17 year old. A perfumed, fruity offering from the Islay distillery.  More info

Bowmore 18 Year Old
17
$83.53

Bowmore 12 Year Old

70cl, 40%

The heart of the Bowmore range, the 12 year old exhibits some beautiful coastal notes with a gentle peat, it is the balance that the floral element presents that makes this a great entry bottling for…  More info

Bowmore 12 Year Old
70
$36.48

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
12
$39.06

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
15
$26.10

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
19
$27.14

Bowmore The Devil's Casks III - Double The Devil

70cl, 56.7%

When the folk of Bowmore formed an angry mob to chase the devil out of the church (which is of course round, offering him nowhere to hide), down the road and through the distillery, it was assumed…  More info

Bowmore The Devil's Casks III - Double The Devil
21
$198.38

Bowmore 25 Year Old 1989 (cask 10581) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 55.1%

A Douglas Laing bottling of 25 year old Bowmore single malt Scotch whisky, matured in a single refill hogshead cask. Back in the November 1989, this whisky was distillery on the isle of Islay and…  More info

Bowmore 25 Year Old 1989 (cask 10581) -  Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$308.01

Bowmore Vault Edition First Release

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 First Release
$99.87

Barbecue Mango Salsa 1989 (bottled 2016) - Wemyss Malts (Bowmore)

70cl, 46%

This is an independently bottled single malt from the Bowmore distillery, aged in a single hogshead cask from 1989 to 2016 before being bottled by the brilliant Wemyss Malts. To give you an idea of…  More info

Barbecue Mango Salsa 1989 (bottled 2016) - Wemyss Malts (Bowmore)
$256.39

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)
$74.41

Bowmore 14 Year Old 2001 (cask 31932) - The Single Cask

70cl, 50%

A 14 year old Bowmore single malt, drawn from a single cask and bottled by The Single Cask! It was distilled in October 2001 and set aside to age until August 2016. Only 90 bottles were produced.  More info

Bowmore 14 Year Old 2001 (cask 31932) - The Single Cask
$100.04

Bowmore 31 Year Old 1982 (cask 85023) - Tantalus (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 48.5%

Released as part of the Tantalus collection, this is an incredible 31 year old Bowmore single malt Scotch whisky which has been bottled by Duncan Taylor. As with all Tantalus releases, it comes with…  More info

Bowmore 31 Year Old 1982 (cask 85023) - Tantalus (Duncan Taylor)
$1,203.09

Loch Indaal Catch 1982 (bottled 2014) - Wemyss Malts (Bowmore)

70cl, 46%

Cor - a single cask Bowmore distilled in 1982!!! A very exciting bottling from the Wemyss Malts folks, who have bestowed this Islay single malt the name of "Loch Indaal Catch", so expect a good whack…  More info

Loch Indaal Catch 1982 (bottled 2014) - Wemyss Malts (Bowmore)
$775.35

Bowmore 1991 (bottled 2016) (cask 253010) - Rare Select (Montgomerie's)

70cl, 46%

This a Montgomerie's Rare Select bottling of Bowmore isngle malt, aged in a single cask from April 1991 to April 2016. Lovely Islay whisky to be had, right here.  More info

Bowmore 1991 (bottled 2016) (cask 253010) - Rare Select (Montgomerie's)
$244.71

Bowmore Black 50 Year Old 1964 - The Last Cask

70cl, 41%

Our charity auction is taking place on this page right now with everything over RRP donated to Malaria No More UK! Read more over on the blog. The final rediscovered cask of Black Bowmore,…  More info

Bowmore Black 50 Year Old 1964 - The Last Cask

Sweet Peat Posy 1987 (bottled 2014) - Wemyss Malts (Bowmore)

70cl, 46%

A Wemyss bottling of Bowmore single malt Scotch whisky, matured in a single hogshead from 1987 to 2014. It was bottled with an outturn of 231 bottles. With a title like "Sweet Peat Posy", you'll want…  More info

Sweet Peat Posy 1987 (bottled 2014) - Wemyss Malts (Bowmore)
3
$208.46

The Rockpool 1995 (bottled 2014) - Wemyss Malts (Bowmore)

70cl, 57.2%

This is a Wemyss Malts bottling of single malt Scotch whisky from the Bowmore distillery, matured in a single hogshead from 1995 to 2014. Excitingly, this one was bottled at cask strength - a robust…  More info

The Rockpool 1995 (bottled 2014) - Wemyss Malts (Bowmore)
1
$116.17

Bowmore 21 Year Old 1990 - Lady of the Glen (Hannah Whisky Merchants)

75cl, 50%

A very special release from the Lady of the Glen independent bottling range of some very Sherried Bowmore single malt Scotch whisky. It was distilled back in November 1990, left to mature in a…  More info

Bowmore 21 Year Old 1990 - Lady of the Glen (Hannah Whisky Merchants)
2
$326.09

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
1
$88.56

Bowmore 25 Year Old 1987 - Old & Rare Platinum (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 48.5%

Another fabulous release of single cask Scotch whisky from Hunter Laing, the company created when the two Laing brothers at Douglas Laing went their separate ways. This edition of their Old & Rare…  More info

Bowmore 25 Year Old 1987 - Old & Rare Platinum (Hunter Laing)
1

Bowmore 10 Year Old Devil's Casks I

70cl, 56.9%

If the chaps at Bowmore are to be believed, the Devil himself once visited the Islay town and hid in a church. But, because the Devil is silly, he hid in a round church which had "no corner for the…  More info

Bowmore 10 Year Old Devil's Casks I
3

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
1
$5,436.09

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