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Bowmore Single Malt Scotch Whisky

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Laggan River
Morrison Bowmore Distillers Ltd (Suntory)
+44 (0)1496 810441
(Call for visiting hours)
Bowmore Distillery on the inner Hebridean Island of Islay was established in 1779 and is one of the oldest Distilleries in Scotland. Situated on the shores of Loch Indaal, the distilleries location is vital in determining the final character of Bowmore Single Malt Scotch Whisky, as is the distilleries adherence to the traditional production methods.

Morrison Bowmore Distillers Ltd acquired the distillery in 1963, becoming the distilleries fifth owner. Morrison Bowmore Distillers remained loyal to the traditional methods which have made Bowmore so popular throughout the world. Bowmore is one of only five distilleries in Scotland to still produce its own floor malted barley.

Bowmore Whisky is produced using water from the River Laggan which is influenced by the flavours of the rich Islay peat, the same peat that fires Bowmores drying kiln. The famous Bowmore Vaults are where Bowmore Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky spends nearly all of its life maturing quietly in the damp cellars below sea level - the Spanish and American Oak Casks into which it is filled, imparting rich and mellow flavours to the maturing whisky. Peat, barley, water, wood, people and tradition accumulate to create the subtle, warm and smoky character of Bowmore Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky.

Bowmore Tasting Notes

Bowmore 12 Year Old Single Malt.
Colour: Warm Amber.
Nose: Peaty, lemon, pears and honey.
Body: Medium.
Taste: Smokiness balanced by heather honey sweetness. Chocolate, pear, citrus bouquet.
Finish: Long, complex and satisfying.

Bowmore Enigma.
Colour: Dark Amber.
Nose: Hints of tangerine and raisins with a lime freshness.
Body: Light and smooth.
Taste: The tangerine and fruity flavours really come alive now; a toddy sweetness very definite in the after taste.
Finish: Light, fresh and clean; the perfect introduction to the magic and mystery of Single Malt Whisky.

Bowmore Caskstrength.
Colour: Copper and Gold.
Body: Full and brawny.
Taste: Oak, hidden with a slightly burnt sugar sweetness.
Finish: Big and bold.

Bowmore 15 Year Old Single Malt.
Colour: Copper and Gold.
Body: Medium and very smooth.
Palate: Wonderful oak and malt, followed by sweet/fruity flavours with overlying peaty tones.
Finish: Long, smooth and mellow.

Bowmore Dusk.
Colour: Polished teak.
Nose: Apricots, honeydew melon and lychee followed by the Clarets zesty sweetness.
Body: Medium weighted with understated power. Smoky, sweet and succulent.
Taste: Immediately the Claret flavours arrive, just ahead of the peaty, smouldering warmth of the Islays, wave after wave of flavours: dark chocolate, liquorice and black bun. Hints of peach, tangerine, jaffa cake and Caribbean brown sugar flirt in given time.
Finish: Very long, succulent and smoky. Sweet.

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Bowmore Bottlings

Bowmore offer you the following choice of single malts:
  • Bowmore 12 Year Old Single Malt.
  • Enigma - Heavily Sherried.
  • Caskstrength.
  • 15 Year Old Single Malt.
  • 17 Year Old Single Malt.
  • 25 Year Old Single Malt.
  • Darkest - Sherrywood Finish.
  • Dusk - Bordeaux Wine Cask Finish.
  • Dawn - Port Wood finish.
  • Bowmore also have many limited edition vintage bottlings available.

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