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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

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:

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Wikipedia

Our Visit 26th April 2014 WOLS Islay Trip 2014

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Bowmore Whisky Reviews:

  • Bowmore 11 Years Old 2003 Authentic Collection ~ 58.7% (Cadenhead’s) - Bowmore 11 Years Old 2003 Islay single malt scotch whisky 58.7% ABV, £47.70 for 70 cl Score: 84/100 What they say: Distilled in 2003 at Bowmore distillery this was matured for 11 years in an ex-Bourbon Hogshead before producing 240 bottles at outturn in December 2014 at 58.7% Cask strength What I say: The 5th […]
  • Bowmore 12 Years Old 2002 Small Batch ~ 57.1% (Cadenhead’s) - Bowmore 12 Years Old 2002 – Small Batch Islay single malt scotch whisky 57.1% ABV, £47.95 for 70cl Score: 80/100 What they say: Distilled at Bowmore distillery in 2002 and matured for a full 12 years in bourbon hogsheads, before bottling as part of Wm Cadenhead’s small batch series in 2015 at a comined ABV of […]
  • Bowmore 13 Years Old 2001 Authentic Collection ~ 56.6% (Cadenhead’s) - Bowmore 13 Years Old 2001 56.6% ABV, £51.90 for 70cl from Cadenheads Whisky Shop Score: 79/100 What they say: Distilled at Bowmore Distillery in 2001 and matured in a bourbon hogshead for 13 years before bottling in October 2014 to produce 270 bottles. Nose: Wet smoke, lots of vanilla, quite oily, with smoked meats and […]
  • Bowmore 15 years old darkest Bowmore 15 Years Old Darkest ~ 43% (Morrison Bowmore) - Review: Bowmore 15 Years Old Darkest Category: Islay single malt scotch whisky Origin: Bowmore Distillery Bottling: Beam/Suntory ABV: 43% ABV, Cost: £54.34 from Master of Malt Score: 85/100 What they say: 15 Years Old ‘Darkest’ 15 Years Old | 43% abv | Rich raisins and gentle smoke lead the way to a delicious chocolaty centre. […]
  • The Whiskyphiles SMWS 3.225 Galleon Attacked by Pirates Bowmore 16 Years Old 1997 3.225 Galleon attacked by pirates ~ 57.2% (SMWS) - Bowmore 16 Years Old 1997 – 3.225 Galleon attacked by pirates ~ 57.2% (SMWS) 57.2% ABV, £60 for 70cl Score: 92/100 What they say: The nose, with its delicate smoke, charred wood, tarry rope, sea-spray, cigars , coffee, fruits, spices and a hint of gunpowder, had all the elements of a scene where pirates attack […]
  • SMWS 3.251 Engineer's work-bench in a boatyard Bowmore 17 Years Old 1997 3.251 Engineers work bench in a boatyard ~ 55.4% (SMWS) - Review: Bowmore 17 Years Old 1997 – 3.251 Engineer’s work-bench in a boatyard Category:  Islay single malt scotch whisky Origin:  Bowmore Distillery Bottling: Scotch Malt Whisky Society Cask 3.251 Engineer’s work-bench in a boatyard ABV: 55.4% Cost: £75.60 from SMWS Score: 84/100 What they say: 3.251 Engineer’s work-bench in a boatyard Cask No. 3.251 The […]
  • The Whiskyphiles SMWS 3.243 Bowmore 17 Years Old 1998 3.243 Dark smouldering flamenco gypsy ~ 57.1% (SMWS) - Bowmore 17 Years Old 1998 – 3.243 Dark smouldering flamenco gypsy Islay single malt scotch whisky 57.1% ABV, £80 / members, £120 non-members for 70cl from Scotch Malt Whisky Society at Islay House on 22nd May 2015 Score 86/100 What they say: Cask No. 3.243 Wow – so much on the nose – sherry, tarry wood, clean […]
  • Bowmore 22 Years Old 1992 Bowmore 22 Years Old 1992- Authentic Collection ~ 50.8% (Cadenhead) - Review: Bowmore 22 Years Old 1992 – Authentic Collection Category: Islay single malt scotch whisky Origin: Bowmore Distillery Bottler: Wm Cadenhead’s Authentic Collection ABV: 50.8% Cost: ~ £90 Score: 87/100 What they say: Distilled at the Bowmore Distillery in 1992, this has matured a full 22 years in a bourbon hogshead before bottling in January 2015, producing […]
  • bowmore-26-years-old-1989-ac-cadenheads Bowmore 26 Years Old 1989 Authentic Collection ~ 56.5% (Cadenheads) - Whisky Review: Bowmore 26 Years Old 1989 Authentic Collection Category: Islay single malt scotch whisky Origin: Bowmore Distillery Bottling: Cadenhead’s; Authentic Collection ABV: 56.5% Cost: ~ £150 at auction What they say: A 26 year old Bowmore bottled by Cadenhead’s. Distilled in 1989 and bottled in 2015 from a single bourbon hogshead. One of 210 […]
  • bowmore-9-years-old-sherry-cask-matured Bowmore 9 Years Old Sherry Cask Matured (Bottled 2016) ~ 40% (Suntory) - Whisky Review: Bowmore 9 Years Old Sherry Cask Matured Limited Release (Bottled 2016) Category: Islay single malt scotch whisky Origin: Bowmore Distillery Bottling: Suntory ABV: 40% Cost: £28.25 from MoM or currently £20 at ASDA What they say: Officialy this doesn’t appear on Bowmore’s website in either core range or limited editions – so here […]
  • bowmore-feis-ile-2016 Bowmore Feis Ile 2016 ~ 57.9% (Suntory) - Review: Bowmore Feis Ile 2016 Category: Islay single malt scotch whisky Origin: Bowmore Distillery Bottling: Suntory ABV: 57.9% Cost: £55 What they say: Feis Ile 2016 Special Bottlings Our exclusive Feis Ile release this year is an extraordinary and curious marriage of 4 American Virgin Oak Barrels and a 1st fill Oloroso Sherry Butt re-racked […]
  • Bowmore-Legend-single-malt-scotch-whisky Bowmore Legend ~ 40% (Morrison Bowmore) - Bowmore Legend. NAS, 40% ABV, £25 for 70cl Score 72/100 What they say: Bowmore Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky: Legend Islay is a stunningly beautiful, unspoilt island that lies off the west coast of Scotland. Bowmore is the original Islay distillery, having hand crafted its award winning single malt whisky since 1779. Bowmore lies at […]
  • Bowmore Small Batch Reserve – Bourbon Cask Matured ~ 40% (Morrison Bowmore) - Bowmore Small Batch Reserve – Bourbon Cask Matured Islay single malt scotch whisky 40% ABV, £25 for 70cl Score: 82/100 What they say: Small Batch 40% abv | Exclusively matured in first and second fill ex bourbon casks, then blissfully married together. Good Things Come In Small Batches Exclusively matured in first and second fill ex bourbon […]
  • bowmore-tempest-10-year-old-batch-2-whisky Bowmore Tempest Batch 2 ~ 56% (Morrison Bowmore) - Review: Bowmore Tempest Batch 2 Category: Islay single malt scotch whisky Origin: Bowmore Distillery Bottling: Morrison Bowmore (now owned by Suntory) ABV: 56% Cost: £54.45 from Master of Malt [sold out] What they say: First the storm … then the calm. Matured in first-fill ex-bourbon casks, our Master Blender has selected a range of casks […]
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