facebook_pixel

The Distillery

Bowmore is one of those names that everybody vaguely familiar with whisky will recognize. No wonder! 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.

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, being a 1957 malt bottled at 54 years old in a crystal decanter with a price tag of around £100,000. That's expensive whisky!

The company has changed hands a number of times in the 200+ years since it was founded. The current owner is the Japanese beverage giant Suntory, who acquired 100% ownership in 1994 after an initial purchase of a 34% stake five years earlier.

On top of owning Bowmore, Suntory also owns Laphroaig, Ardmore, Auchentoshan and Glen Garioch along with American and Japanese brands.

The distillery is one of the few that still have a working malting on site, malting a large portion of the barley which goes into making its whisky.

Style wise Bowmore is peated and lighter than many of the heavier Islay whiskies. Typical flavours are light smoke, sherry sweetness and dried fruits but many older bottlings also contain floral notes, especially violets. While these are the traditional flavours of Bowmore, it's worth remembering that they might not be the ones that you find in indie bottlings!

Showing all 4 results

Rated 0 out of 5
$199.99

An excellent single cask Bowmore 15 Year Old that was distilled on Islay in 1985 and matured in a refill hogshead before being bottled by Hunter Laing for their popular First Editions range in 2000. It brings and intriguing range of notes to the table including green apples, sweet vanilla, dark chocolate, toffee and a […]

Rated 0 out of 5
$199.99

This incredible Bowmore 21 Year Old is part of Hunter Laing’s First Editions label. It is a single cask whisky that was matured in a refill hogshead cask, making it fruity with a little whiff of smoke. Only 196 bottles of this cracker were ever released. More from Hunter Laing More from Bowmore

Browse Wishlist
Rated 0 out of 5
$4,999.99

This incredible new Limited Edition single malt from Bowmore is the first in a series of four expressions being released by the distillery that will honour the ‘Four Guardians’ of Chinese mythology – the Azure Dragon of the East, the White Tiger of the West, the Vermilion Bird of the South and the Black Turtle of the North. Matured for 36 Years in […]

Rated 0 out of 5
$149.99

This bottling of Bowmore Vault Edition was the first release in the series, launched in 2016. The series explored four different characteristics that whiskies pick up in the Bowmore No.1 Vaults maturing warehouse, with this first edition exhibiting the effects of the Atlantic sea waves crashing off the warehouse walls. Notes of sea salt, light […]

Privacy Preference Center

Close your account?

Your account will be closed and all data will be permanently deleted and cannot be recovered. Are you sure?