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 1989 vintage Bowmore which was aged entirely in port casks for 23 years and bottled in 2013. This was distilled in the year that Suntory first bought a stake in Morrison Bowmore distillers. This has notes of blood orange, spices and winter fruits.
An official bottling of Bowmore at 21 years old. One of the few distilleries left with their own malting floor, which is sufficient for up to 40% of their needs. This has a nuttiness, with a touch of smoke and the salinity that is the distillery's trademark.
A 1968 vintage bottling of Bowmore from independent bottlers Signatory. The distillery was purchased by Stanley P. Morrison (later to become Morrison Bowmore) in 1963 and there are many bottlings distilled in the latter part of the decade that are simply stunning.
A rare commemorative bottling of Bowmore released to commemorate the 2003 fly fishing championships on Islay. Only a small number of bottles, with their wooden display case, were produced and this is sought after by collectors.
A 1969 vintage Bowmore, bottled at 25 years old. Another superb bottling from the 1960s stocks at Bowmore (they've had a few), Serge Valentin of whiskyfun.com gave this 91 points and noted it was full of tropical fruit.
A very limited edition bottling of 1974 vintage Bowmore for La Maison du Whisky's Artist range, of which this is the second entry. The whisky was bottled in 2012 at cask strength and features a label drawn by artist Paola Parés.