Bowmore Distillery, Islay, Scotland

This evening, I am focusing on Bowmore Distillery which was established in 1779 and as such ranks as the oldest distillery on Islay. Subsequent to establishment there has occurred many changes of ownership culminating  with the current owner, Suntory of Japan. Other Scotch distilleries in the same group are Auchentoshan and Glen Garioch.

Bowmore is unusual in that is still maintains traditional maltings floors.These produce about 40 pct of requirements.

Capacity at Bowmore is  2.0m litres per annum.

Like most of the Islay distilleries, Bowmore produces whisky with a high peat content resulting in ‘smokey’ flavour. The core range of single malts comprises:

  • 12 year old
  • 15 year old ‘Darkest’
  • 18 year old.

The duty free range includes Surf, Enigma, Mariner (15 yr old), 17 yr old and Cask Strength.

Excellent tours are available.

Malting Barley at Bowmore Distillery, Islay, Scotland.

Mash Tun at Bowmore Distillery, Islay, Scotland.

Washback for fermentation at Bowmore Distillery, Islay.

Stills for distillation at Bowmore Distillery, Scotland.

Maturing Whisky at Bowmore Distillery, Scotland.

Rare Black Bowmore Whisky, Islay, Scotland

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