Prestonfield House in Scotland’s capital city of Edinburgh was host of the 2012 Icon’s of Whisky Awards on the 7th September 2012. After a series of international heats the winner of the Distiller of the year went to Japanese owned Bowmore whisky distillery. Bowmore is a well- known Islay whisky with global sales with quality stamped all over it which led to Japanese whisky distiller buying the distillery a number of years ago. Not only did Bowmore walk away with the Distiller of the year award but completed a hat-trick of awards taking the whisky ambassador of the year and the Distillery manager of the year award. The whisky industry does like its awards.
In the view of the Scottish Whisky Store there couldn’t be a more deserved winner (my tipple just now is a Bowmore 17 year old) than Bowmore, a visit to their distillery and wonderful bar and tourist shop will leave you in love with Bowmore whisky. Bowmore is focussed on single malt whisky and the passion for it has reaped its rewards although this strategy requires a huge amount of patience. The 17 year old and 18 year old have been a particular success along with their more easily available retail brands including the relatively new Bowmore Surf. If you haven’t tried Bowmore we suggest you do, but don’t expect the big Islay peat hit of an Ardbeg or and Laphroig as there isn’t one. Bowmore single malt whisky has peat but a much more subtle peat which has matured at below sea level in their basement warehouse. Congratulations to Bowmore well deserved.