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 »
Nicknamed 'the seadragon' due to the mythical beast adorning the rather pretty black ceramic bottle and box, this 30 year old Bowmore appeared in the mid 1990s and has achieved almost mythic status itself, being made up entirely of long-aged casks from the legendary 1960s vintages. A magnificent dram, bursting with rich tropical flavours - one of the all-time classics from this distillery.
A 30 year old bottling of Bowmore presented in a beautiful ceramic bottle adorned with a sea dragon, which is also depicted on the accompanying box. Awarded 91 points by Serge Valentin of whiskyfun, this has notes of tropical fruit.
One of the legendary Bowmore bicentenary releases, bottled in 1979 as part of their 200th birthday celebrations. Distilled in the 1960s and matured in some rather excellent sherry casks this is still considered to be one of the best Bowmores ever produced.
A very special Bowmore from a hogshead filled on August 9th 1980, the day that Queen Elizabeth II visited the distillery. Cask #5774 was acquired by Jim Howat, then Chairman of Morrison Bowmore and was left in his will to the JTH Charitable Trust he created with his wife Christine. Designed and bottled in 2011 by Morrison Bowmore as a special limited edition for the charitable trust yielding 156 bottles at a natural strength of 46.7%.
A legendary bottling of Bowmore bottled in 1979 to celebrate the distillery's bicentenary. Vatted from some phenomenal 1960s sherry casks, this is renowned by aficionados as one of the best Bowmore's ever - at a fraction of the pricetags commanded by the likes of Black Bowmore.
A 1966 vintage Bowmore from independent bottler Duncan Taylor. Bottled in 2006 at 40 years of age, only 153 bottles came out of the cask. Released as part of a series of three single casks of the same vintage and age, this is a rare bottling and much sought after.
An incredible old Bowmore from Duncan Taylor. Distilled back in May 1966, this was aged for 40 years before being bottled in August 2006. This bottling has a bit of a reputation and rightly so - a fantastic example of 1960s Bowmore at its best.
A 1966 vintage Bowmore from independent bottlers Duncan Taylor as part of their cask strength Rare Auld series in 2004. Matured for 38 years in cask number 3303, just 179 bottles were yielded. This bottling received an impressive 92 points on the Malt Maniacs monitor.
A beautiful 1956 vintage Bowmore, bottled sometime in the 1970s or early 1980s. Distilled before the Morrisons took over the business but bottled rather elegantly by them. A bottling of this under an Italian label for Soffiantino scooped a staggering 96 points from Serge at Whiskyfun.
A very rare bicentenary whisky from Bowmore, bottled at cask strength in 1979 as part of the 200th birthday celebrations. This edition was produced for the Italian market and comes in a rather unusual square bottle. The whisky is reputed to have been distilled in 1969, but does not say so on the bottle.