Whisky Catalog by Alternative Whisky Academy

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Bowmore 12 and 17 years old.Different Bowmore bottlings



Location : Bowmore, West Coast Islay of Loch Indaal, Islay
Country : Scotch
Region : West Coast Islay
Distillery : 

Morrison Bowmore Distillers Ltd.
Springburn Bond, Carlisle Street, Glasgow, Scotland
Visitors Centre: Open all year, Tel: 01496 810441.
Opening hours: Mon to Fri, Tours from 10.00am - Last Tour 15.30 (3.30pm)

Daily tour times • 10:00,11:00, 14:00 and 15:00 • Saturdays • By appointment
Charges • £2.00 per person £1.00 O.A.P. Shop open Monday to Friday • 9:00 to 17:00
Visitor Centre Tel: 01496 810 671 • Distillery Tel: 01496 810 441 • Fax: 01496 810 757
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The Bowmore Distillery (Photo by www.awa.dk)

Founded: 1779 by Mr. Simson. (Second oldest still on Islay.)
Established: 1768
Water : River Laggan
Remark :

Yep it's a rip from www.scotchwhisky.com
Nestling in the hills above the shores of Loch Indaal is the village of Bowmore, considered to be the 'capital' of Islay. The distillery buildings are on the quayside. Bowmore Distillery was established in 1779 by a local merchant, one John Simpson. One of the earliest legal distilleries on the island, it was also owner-operated which, at that time, was unusual, since most proprietors on Islay leased out their distilleries. It was later taken over by one James Mutter and his family: Mutter, as well as being a farmer and distiller had the unlikely role of Ottoman, Portuguese and Brazilian Vice-Consul in Glasgow. Mutter considerably expanded the distillery and thus the Bowmore name began to travel and demand grew. The family kept the distillery until the 1890s when it was sold and became the Bowmore Distillery Co. During the Second World War the buildings were used as a coastal command base by the Air Ministry and the distillery was acquired by Stanley P. Morrison in 1963. Morrison's rebuilt and renovated many of the buildings, retaining the malting floors which are still used today.

From the book 'The Scottish Collection' Classic Malts by Carol P. Shaw :
Tasting notes : With its plesant aroma and peaty-fruty flavour, Bowmore is a good Islay malt for newcomers to these distinctive whiskies to try. Taste rating = 3
Established in the 1770's, Bowmore is reputed to be the oldest legal distillery on Islay. It stands in the island's main town and overlooks Loch Indaal, and its water is taken from the peaty River Laggan. The distillery has passed through several hands in the twentieth century, but it has been a consistently thriving concern since its acquision in 1963 by Stanley P. Morrison of Glasgow. The company is now Morrison Bowmore, and this is their flagship distillery.

From the Morrison Bowmore website:
Bowmore Distillery, one of the oldest in Scotland has stood on the shores of Loch Indaal, on the Hebridean Island of Islay, since 1779.
Its close proximity to the sea is vital in determining the final character of Bowmore Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky, as is the strict adherence to the traditional production methods handed down to Morrison Bowmore Distillers Ltd in 1963, by its four previous owners.
Bowmore Distillery is one of an ever decreasing handful of distilleries to produce its own floor malted barley. The barley is still laboriously hand turned, by the Maltman, using the traditional wooden malt shovel. Exactly as his father, grandfather and great grandfather did in the past.
Bowmore Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky is produced using water from the Laggan River. Having spent 2000 years percolating through the rock in the hills above, the river gathers the flavours of the rich Islay Peat, the same Peat that fires the Malt drying kiln.
The famous Bowmore Vaults are where Bowmore Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky spends nearly all of its life. For many decades it rests quietly in the damp cellars below sea level. The Spanish and American Oak Casks impart rich and mellow flavours to the maturing whisky.
Peat, water, wood, people and tradition accumulate to create the subtle, warm and smoky character of Bowmore Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky.


Source www.bbr.com :

Bowmore Distillery, Islay

Bowmore Distillery has been situated on the rugged Hebridean Island of Islay since 1779 and is the second oldest distillery in Scotland today. The location of the distillery on this wind swept Isle has played an important part in determining the legendary smoky and rich character of the single malt whisky it produces.

Bowmore Single Malt is produced using water from the nearby Laggan River which echo's the flavours of the Islay peat that is also used in the fires of the malt-drying kiln. The distillery is one of the last to have maintained a tradition of malting its own Barley by hand turning with wooden malt shovels.

The character of the single malts is further developed in the famous seaside vaults, where the whiskies are kept for up to 40 years in Spanish and American casks.



 Bowmore Distillery (2008) Photo by www.awa.dk

Another Bowmore Bottle The Bowmore Islay Single Malt logo (From the MorrisonBowmore.co.uk site)

Bowmore Bottle CollectionBowmore dawn dusk darkest




LINKS.......... to official Whisky brand or related web pages.
Morrison Bowmore Morrison Bowmore Distillers Limited
Morrison Bowmore The Bowmore Distillery

Bowmore Tours, Opening Hours and Contact

Easter - June:

Monday to Saturday 09:00 - 17:00
Tours at 10:00, 11:00, 14:00 and 15:00

July and August:
Monday to Saturday 09:00 - 17:00
Sunday 12:00 - 16:00
Tours Mon-Fri 10:00, 11:00, 14:00 and 15:00
Sunday 13:00 and 14:00

September to Easter:
Monday to Friday 09:00 - 17:00, Saturday 09:00 - 12:00
Tours Mon-Fri 10:00, 11:00, 14:00 and 15:00; Sat 10:00

Guided Tour £4.00 per Adult - £2.00 concession, under 18s free.
Craftsman's Tour £40.00 per adult (Available Monday-Thursday by prior appointment)

Current owner: Suntory, Japanese Whisky Co
Distillery Manager: Eddie McAffer
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Visitor Centre + 44 (0) 1496 810441
Distillery + 44 (0) 1496 810757
Bowmore Distillery on Google Streetview


Bowmore History and Distillery Information
Bowmore Distillery is situated on the shores of Loch Indaal and actually in the centre of the lovely town of Bowmore, which means great reef or Sea rock. John Simpson started the distillery on a small scale in 1779, and is the oldest legal Distillery on Islay. Bowmore Distillery changed hands in 1837 when William and James Mutter took over and expanded the distillery. More recently the Morrison family owned it until the take over by the Japanese Company Santoro. Bowmore is one of the only two remaining Islay Distilleries which still has floor maltings, with phenol levels of 18/25 p.p.m.

Bowmore is known for producing a wide variety of whiskies of different ages and finishes. While this practice may be considered a marketing ploy rather than an effective technique for improving quality, it has enabled the company to offer an eclectic range of taste and price. Bowmore whisky is milder than the three southern distilleries but has distinct peaty and salty flavours. The taste and location fit perfectly together. Both in the middle of the Souther and Northern distilleries.

Recently the visitor centre has had a major refurbishment as well as the brand name of Bowmore, which has changed to Bowmore, The Original Islay Malt, referring to Bowmore's old tradition on Islay.

Related info: Alfred Barnard's visit to Bowmore Distillery in the 1880s


Bowmore Legend: Their least expensive bottling. No age is printed but it is an 8 - 10 year old malt. 40% alcohol by volume.


Bowmore Surf: Same as the Legend, for the European market. 


Bowmore 12 Year Old: A standard Islay whisky. 40% abv. 

Bowmore Mariner 15 year old: A slighted older variety. 43% abv.


Bowmore 17 Year Old: The next stage above the 15 year old Mariner. 43 % abv. 


Bowmore 21 Year Old: Their oldest commonly available bottling. 43% abv. 


Bowmore Cask Strength: Bottled straight from the cask. 56% abv.

A 5 year old bottling of Bowmore is sold under the McClelland's brand name




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