Bowmore was the first of Islay's distilleries to receive a license, springing fully-formed into official existence in 1779. It is likely that the founder of the distillery, one William Simson, had been been distilling in Bowmore since shortly after his arrival in 1766, at a time when Daniel Campbell the Younger (the laird of the island) was exp ... Read More »
A bottle of 12 year old Bowmore bottled in the 1980s. This bottle is unusual as it gives the company name as Morrison Howat, rather than the usual Morrison. This makes some sense, as the company was originally founded by Messrs Stanley Morrison and James Howat, and we think this was a shortlived subsidiary.