About The Distillery
Bowmore is one of those names that everyone vaguely familiar with whisky will recognise. It has a long and rich history and can boast that it was the first distillery on Islay to obtain legal status back in 1779, the same year it was established. This predates the excise act by several decades, making Bowmore one of the absolute oldest operating distilleries anywhere in Scotland. Its no.1 vault is famous as a perfect maturation chamber, where whisky and oceanic aromas marry. The distillery is also one of the few that still has a working malting on site, responsible for producing a large portion of the barley which goes into making its whisky. This is a serious distillery.
This Islay distillery sits on the shore of Loch Indaal in the centre of the town of Bowmore, from which the distillery takes its name. Bowmore is also distinguished for producing the oldest ever Islay malt, a 1957 54 year old bottle presented in a crystal decanter with a price tag of around £100,000. The distillery is proud to have won more awards than any other Scottish distillery since its inception, firmly cementing its place as a legend of Scotch whisky.
Style wise, Bowmore is peated and lighter than many of the Islay whiskies. Typical flavours are light smoke, sherry sweetness and dried fruits. While these are the traditional flavours of Bowmore, it’s worth remembering that each and every single cask can be quite different from the others.
Buyer’s note: We cannot offer a photo of this cask due to the regulations on Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmospheres Regulations that are imposed in the warehouse.