Bowmore Islay Whisky Distillery
Bowmore is the capital of the most successful whisky producing islands which popularity has soared over the last 10 to 15 years, Islay. John Simpson was the founder of Bowmore, Islay’s 1st distillery founded in 1779. The Mutter brothers bought it in 1892 before it became the Bowmore Distillery Company Ltd in 1892. Islay’s oldest whisky distillery was bought and sold a couple of times during the early 20th century before being bought by Stanley Morrison in 1963. Suntory the Japanese whisky producer acquired a share in the 1988 before purchasing the business in 1994.
Water is taken from the river Laggan which runs through a peat bog before getting to the harbour town. The peat from this bog is also used to fire the kiln and Bowmore still uses the traditional methods of whisky production by hand turning the barley using a wooden shovel. Another key production method is that the barrels are stored in damp cellars below sea level normally in American Oak Casks. These cellars are locally known as the Bowmore Vaults.
Bowmore is the 2nd best-selling single malt whisky on Islay just behind Laphroaig which is more heavily peated and has a more smoky taste. Bowmore single malt is bottled annually but not all make it market, however most are available the distillery.
Taste: Not as smoky as its Islay cousins but still an easily identifiable Islay whisky. Often Peppery but with a smooth smoky taste.
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