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 1956 43.00% 70cl £10,250.00 GBP
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Bowmore Sherriff's 1970s Emmepi Import 43.00% 75cl £2,250.00 GBP
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Bowmore Blair Castle International Horse Trials 40.00% 70cl
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Bowmore 30 Year Old 'Silver Seal' 48.80% 70cl £895.00 GBP
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Bowmore Claret Bordeaux Wine Casked 56.00% 70cl
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Bowmore 'Maltmen's Selection' 54.60% 70cl £500.00 GBP
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Bowmore 1995 18 Year Old 'Vintage cameras and turntables' SMWS 55.40% 70cl
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Bowmore 1989 16 Year Old 'Limited Edition' 51.80% 70cl £335.00 GBP
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Bowmore 1989 16 Year Old 'Limited Edition' 51.80% 70cl £335.00 GBP
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Bowmore 'Dawn' 51.50% 70cl £325.00 GBP
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Bowmore 'Darkest' 43.00% 70cl £300.00 GBP
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Bowmore 15 Year Old Mariner Screen Print 43.00% 70cl £300.00 GBP
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Bowmore 'Cask Strength' 56.00% 70cl £295.00 GBP
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Bowmore 17 Year Old 43.00% £295.00 GBP
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Bowmore 1999 10 Year Old 'Tempest – Small Batch Release' 55.30% 70cl £250.00 GBP
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Bowmore 12 Year Old 40.00% 70cl £250.00 GBP
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Bowmore 1995 10 Year Old 'Straight From The Cask' Signatory Vintage SW 57.00% £150.00 GBP
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Bowmore 1992 11 Year Old Signatory Vintage SW 46.00% 70cl £135.00 GBP
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