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Bowmore

Bowmore Distillery

Region: Islay, Scotland. PA43 7GS

Founded: 1779

Status: Active

Owner: Morrison Bowmore Distillers (Suntory)

Water source: River Laggan

Mash tun: Stainless steel semi-lauter

Washbacks: 6x Oregon Pine

Stills: 2x Wash 2x Spirit

Capacity: 2 million litres per annum

Bowmore Whisky Reviews

Bowmore Legend ~ 40% (Morrison Bowmore)

Bowmore Small Batch Reserve – Bourbon Cask Matured ~ 40% (Morrison Bowmore)

Bowmore 11 Years Old 2003 ~ 58.7% (Wm Cadenhead)

Bowmore 12 Years Old 2002 ~ 57.1% (Wm Cadenhead)

Bowmore 13 Years Old 2001 ~ 56.6% (Wm Cadenhead)

Bowmore 15 Years Old Darkest ~ 43% (Morrison Bowmore)

Bowmore 16 Years Old 1997 – 3.225 Galleon attacked by pirates ~ 57.2% (SMWS)

Bowmore 17 Years Old 1997 – 3.251 Engineer’s work-bench in a boatyard ~ 55.4% (SMWS)

Bowmore 17 Years Old 1998 – 3.243 Dark smouldering flamenco gypsy ~ 57.1% (SMWS)

History:

The Bowmore Distillery was established in 1779 by a local merchant, John P. Simpson, before passing into the ownership of the Mutter family, a family of German descent.[1] James Mutter, head of the family, also had farming interests and was Vice Consul representing the Ottoman Empire, Portugal, and Brazil through their Glasgow consulates.[1] There are no records that pinpoint the date Mutter acquired the distillery from Simpson. Mutter would introduce a number of innovative processes to the distillery during his tenure and even had a small iron steam ship built to import barley and coal from the mainland and to export the whisky to Glasgow.[1] A bottle of 1850 Bowmore Single Malt was sold at an auction in September 2007 for £29,400.[2]

The distillery was bought from the Mutter family in 1925 by J.B. Sheriff & Co. and remained under their ownership until being purchased by Inverness-based William Grigor & Son, Ltd. in 1950.[1]

During the World Wars the Bowmore Distillery halted production, and hosted the RAF Coastal Command for much of World War II, Coastal Command operated flying boats from Loch Indaal on Anti-submarine warfare missions.[1]

Stanley P. Morrison and James Howat formed Stanley P. Morrison Ltd. in 1951, and this company formed Morrison’s Bowmore Distillery, Ltd. in 1963 in order to take over the Bowmore Distillery. Stanley P. Morrison died in 1971, and control of the companies passed to Brian Morrison.[1] The company name has changed slightly, and, following minor restructuring, the distillery is now owned by Morrison Bowmore Distillers Ltd., which is ultimately owned by the Japanese distiller Suntory, following their takeover of Morrison Bowmore Distillers Ltd. during 1994. Suntory had previously been a shareholder in Morrison Bowmore for several years.[3]

Links:

Official

Wikipedia

Our Visit 26th April 2014 WOLS Islay Trip 2014

Photos:

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