Bowmore Distillery (2012 visit)

Bowmore Distillery
School Street
Bowmore, Isle Of Islay
PA43 7JS

On the shores of Loch Indaal in Bowmore lies the Bowmore Distillery. This distillery was founded in 1779 and is the oldest legal distillery on Islay.

Bowmore Distillery is also one the few distillery's left to have it's own floor maltings. Their expressions have peaty, salty flavours. They peat the barley to phenol levels of 18/25 ppm. The No 1 Vaults belong to the oldest maturation warehouses in Scotland. And the only one below sea level!


When we visited Islay we sadly did not have the time to make a tour at the Bowmore Distillery and did a quick look around and visit to the shop. Definitely a place on our list what we plan to visit!

Bowmore is part of the Morrison Bowmore Distillers, together with Auchentoshan, Glen Garioch and Mc Clellands. The Morrison Bowmore Distillers is part of the Suntory Group. They also produce the Japanese Whisky Suntory, the Japanese liqueur Midori, the liqueur Drambuie and the blend The Last Drop.


At the Bowmore Distillery they use Kentucky Bourbon casks, Jerez Sherry buts, and Chateau in St. Julien (France) wine casks. All is bottled in Glasgow in a plant who processes also the other whisky's and liqueur coming from the Morrison Bowmore Distillers. They use the water from the Laggan River for the distillery.

The core range of Bowmore consist of the 'Legend'-, 12 year old-, 15 year old 'Darkest'-, 18 year old-, and a 25 year old expression. Next to that they have different limited editions, specialists releases and travel exclusives.

As said, we sadly did not have the time when we were there. But we will come back and make a new post of also the tour, and all the other info we see/hear. For now only the information above what was available online :-( Beautiful location, and I am looking forward to a new visit here! More to come! :-)