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Bowmore Whisky

One of the lighter Islay malts, Bowmore's spirit has changed greatly throughout the late 20th century and different eras offer different styles. A moderate smokiness is consistent, but the 1960s and 1970s had an amazing tropical fruit character, whereas the 1980s saw a strange intensely floral era that divides drinkers. The late nineties saw a return to form however, with a style of clean smoke and a fruity backbone.

 

Founded

1779

Owner

Beam Suntory

Production Status

Operational

Capacity

2,000,000 Litres

 

While certainly being the oldest distillery on the Isle of Islay, the date of Bowmore's creation is a little contested. There is little evidence of any production taking place for the first 35 years of its official life, only being recorded when John Simpson took out a licence in 1816, around the same time as Ardbeg and Laphroaig were established. However, it is commonly known that Islay was renowned for having several illicit stills on the island, since they could see the taxman approaching by ferry and could hide everything before he arrived, so the lack of records at Bowmore is not really surprising.

 

Bowmore got traction for their products around the 1840s under William & Jas Mutter, and went through several owners until Stanley Morrison bought the company in 1963, and began what is now considered as the golden era of Bowmore. The few bottlings currently available that were distilled in the 1960s are truly a sight to behold. Crafted in intricately designed crystal decanters with platinum stoppers, the bottles from Bowmore's legendary period now command 5-figure sums. Another note worthy bottle would be the Black Bowmore, a 100% sherry matured bottle that has become a rare but essential collectors item for lovers of the distillery.

 

The distillery has gone through a number of modernisations over the years. In fact, the heat exchange and recovery system at Bowmore not only lowers their fuel costs, but actually creates so much excess hot water that they heat Bowmore Swimming Pool with it.

 

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A single cask of Bowmore bottled in Alistair Walker's Infrequent Flyers series. Alistair was done a great job finding this one, as late Nineties Bowmore is hard to come by. Only 314 bottles were produ...
Pedro Ximenez
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The 15 year old Bowmore has been a favourite among Islay fans for quite some time. It is matured initially in ex-bourbon casks before a three year finish in Oloroso sherry casks. This gift pack is the...
Sherry
IN STOCK
This is a miniature bottling of the classic Bowmore 12 - with its distinct peated quality laying beneath a floral and slightly sweet profile.
Bourbon
IN STOCK
Bowmore
£6.95
Matured in a single sherry butt filled on the 21st June 1972 and kept in store for a couple of weeks shy of 46 years, waiting for a very special occasion. That special occasion being independent bottl...
Sherry
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Released in 2013, this is the first of three batches from the highly sought after 'Devil's Casks' series from Bowmore. The whisky has been matured in first fill sherry casks for the full 10 years, bri...
Sherry
IN STOCK
Bowmore
£395.00
Peat and port is a wonderful combination in whisky, and it isn't often you find a dram matured in Port pipes for as long as this Bowmore has been. The third release of wine finishes in the distillery'...
Port
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Rich, smokey, fruity and sherried, Bowmore 15 is perfect with a bit of dark chocolate. 12 years in American Ex Bourbon Casks, finished in ex Oloroso casks for 3 years.
Sherry Finish
IN STOCK
Bowmore
£7.95
Heavily peated Islay Single Malt Whisky, aged for 12 years in American ex-Bourbon Casks, then finished in ex Oloroso casks for 3 years. One of our favourite Bowmore expressions.
Sherry Finish
IN STOCK
Aged in mainly ex-Bourbon casks, Bowmore is smoky, but has always had a floral note and an appealing sweetness.
IN STOCK
Bowmore
£39.95
Bowmore is one of the oldest distilleries in Scotland, their history being intertwined with the village and capital of Islay with the same name. Bowmore is heavily peated spirit, which is aged in ex b...
IN STOCK
Bowmore
£95.95
A truly magnificent Bowmore, that is a mixture of Bourbon & Sherry matured 25 year old whisky. Something special, to take time over and savour.
IN STOCK
Bowmore
£375.00
Bottled from whisky distilled between 2001 and 2003, this Bowmore has been maturing in a combination of ex-bourbon barrels and ex-sherry butts for at least 16 years. Alongside the classic coastal prof...
IN STOCK
Bw8
£139.95
The Amber Light is an award winning documentary discussing the cultural relationship between Scotland and Whisky. The director Adam Park and star Dave Broom will be be talking through the film as you ...
RMW Exclusive
IN STOCK
The Amber Light: The Director's Half-Cut
£29.95
Join us for a virtual tasting on Wednesday 10th June at 7:30pm featuring three of Scotland's most exciting independent bottlers. Our whisky buyer Arthur will be joined by Gleann Mor, Morrison & Ma...
RMW Exclusive
Indy Bottlers All Star Virtual Tasting Pack
£35.00
This single cask #960014 was filled with Bowmore new make spirit on 27th March 1996, and bottled at 23 years and 7 months old on 28th October 2019. The sherry butt produced 634 bottles of this delicio...
Sherry
An official bottling of Bowmore from the early 1990s featuring the famous screen printed label.
Bowmore
£195.00
An official bottling of Bowmore aged for 15 years which was originally released in the 1990s. This screen printed label features the iconic flying gulls and distillery in the background.
Bowmore
£275.00
The Bowmore Vault editions are selected to showcase some of Bowmore's best qualities. This is the second edition of the Vaults series, which was chosen to show the smokier side of Bowmore's character....
Bowmore
£72.95
25 years in a refill sherry cask gives this Bowmore lovely rich notes to match the excellent smoke. The early to mid 90's Bowmores have built up a following with their fruitiness and complexity. It's ...
Sherry
This miniature is from a single cask release by Murray McDavid from Bowmore distillery. It has been matured initially in an ex-bourbon cask and then finished in red wine barrique from famed Premier Gr...
Bowmore
£13.95
A terrific aged Bowmore bottled by Wemyss and named after our favourite disco funk band. This single hogshead was matured for 28 years and was bottled at 46%.
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A stunning cask of Bowmore bottled by the solid whisky hands at Adelphi. This cask strength offering has, as always, been bottled without chill filtration and with no added colouring. Limited to a sca...
This 23 year old release from Adelphi has been matured in a single refill ex-sherry cask, adding a wonderful depth of the sweet, smoky Bowmore spirit. A limited release and one we're sure will prove p...
Sherry
A very limited single cask release of Bowmore from the team at A.D. Rattray. This release has been matured for 27 years in a bourbon barrel and is limited to a mere 194 bottles across the globe.
Bourbon
Bowmore
£335.00
This Bowmore release is as rare as the mythical beast that adorns it! The whisky itself was distilled in the famed Bowmore heyday of the 1960s and is packed full of flavour and character. A wonderful ...
Bowmore
£2,900.00
In 1989 this single cask of whisky was filled at the Bowmore distillery on Islay. After that it has been matured and monitored by the fantastic team at Adelphi until they felt it was ready after 27 ye...
Bowmore
£189.95
The Old Malt Cask range has become a great ambassador for single cask whiskies. This particular Bowmore was first distilled in 1996 and matured for 21 years before being bottled at 50% ABV. Sweet, smo...
Bowmore
£119.95
Bowmore have worked hard to create a full and complex single malt with the new release. It has matured in ex-bourbon barrles for 13 years before being moved to French wine barriques for a further 13 y...
Wine Finish
A wonderfully complex cornucopia of flavour from Islay's Bowmore distillery. They have taken their rounded smoky whisky, matured it in American oak cask for 13 years and then finished in for 5 years i...
Wine Finish
We've head very good things about this mature Bowmore bottled by Adelphi. If you've not had the chance to try an older Bowmore before we'd highly recommend it as it takes on a lovely parma violet flav...
Bowmore
£174.95
A new release to Bowmore's core range of whiskies. They have taken Bowmore's smoky but light spirit and exclusively matured it in first-fill ex-Bourbon barrels. This has added a light vanilla touch an...
Bourbon
Bowmore
Bowmore No.1 40% 70cl
£34.95
This is the 4th batch of Bowmore's Tempest release, a 10 year old cask strength whisky. It has been matured in first fill bourbon barrels and combines tangy and fruity citrus with blackcurrants, over ...
Bourbon
The 3rd batch of Bowmore's Tempest series is a great and complex dram created in 2011. This cask strength 10 year old was matured in first fill bourbon barrels and shines with mandarins, vanilla and b...
Bourbon
Bowmore
£54.95
Bowmore's Tempest is an annually released Cask Strength 10 year old. The second batch was bottled in 2010 from first fill bourbon barrels. It is a wonderfully complex and fruity dram, combining orange...
Bourbon
Bowmore
£54.95
The Bowmore Vault series is designed to highlight the best that Bowmore has to offer, with each of the four editions in the series showcasing a different key attribute of the whisky. The First Edition...
Bowmore
£79.95
An official bottling of Bowmore featuring whisky from 1989 bottled as a 16 year old and at cask strength. The batch was 134 casks, with the majority being ex-bourbon casks.
Bourbon
Bowmore
£395.00
Bowmore joins the select few distilleries to release a single-digit age statement whisky with this limited edition. Matured for 9 years in a combination of the finest oloroso sherry butts and bourbon ...
Sherry
Bowmore
£29.95
As smoky whiskies get older, the fiery notes from the smoke start to become more refined, and there is an increase in chocolate, and fruitiness. A brilliant gift for someone who is into a smoky dram, ...
Bowmore
£8.95
Bowmore on Islay produce sweet, smoky, peaty whisky. Their Tempest series are cask strength batches that have been matured in first fill bourbon casks. The strength and freshness of cask creates a dra...
Bourbon
Bowmore
£49.95
Bowmore is the oldest distillery on Islay, and one of the oldest continuously running distilleries in Scotland, They produce a peaty floral dram, that is mid-level smoke in comparison to Ardbeg & Laph...
Bowmore Darkest is a great combination of the smoky, sweet, fruity and aromatic Bowmore, ex-bourbon casks (which add vanilla and honey) and a sherry finish (which adds Christmas Cake notes). Great on ...
Sherry Finish
Bowmore
£29.95
At the heart of the capital of Islay, Bowmore is very much part of the community, employing many locals, and even heating the local swimming pool with the excess heat the distillery produces. Matured ...
Bowmore
£24.95
A vatting of 4 sherry butts, which have all been produced at the Bowmore distillery has created this brilliant release in the Elements of Islay range. Full of rich, sweet character which is all topped...
Sherry
BW7
£97.95

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