The Bowmore Distillery
The old Bowmore Distillery on the Scottish isle of Islay is in so many ways a very special company - just as its whiskies.
Bowmore is a distillery on the Scottish isle of Islay that is located about 50 kilometre south-west of mainland Scotland. This island is also called The Queen of the Hebrides and is home to eight distilleries. Bowmore is one of them and is named after the small village, which could be referred to as the capital of Islay. The Name is derived from the Scottish Gaelic Bogh Mòr and is to be translated as great sea reef . The distillery is located close to the sea on the shore of Loch Indaal. It is claimed that this proximity to the salt-water of the Atlantic Ocean has a very special impact on maturing of the whiskies.
The Bowmore distillery was founded in 1779 and thus has more than 230 years of history, experience and tradition. It was not only the first legal distillery on the whole isle of Islay but is just eleven years younger than its home town Bowmore. It was established by David Simson, who was a farmer and entrepreneur and later run by his family. Over the time, the ownership changed several times and with it the name of the distillery. During the period of the Second World War the production paused and the buildings were used as a military base for flying boats. Since 1994, the Japanese Suntory Holding is owner of Bowmore.
Bowmore's warehouse "the No. 1 Vaults" - providing perfect conditions
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There are various aspects of the Bowmore Distillery that make this company and itswhiskies so special. Firstly, it is part of theIslay whisky culture. Malts from this island are renowned as verysmoky and peated. Bowmore sticks to this rule. Then, the three oldtraditional malting floorsare still operated. Every four hours the germinating barley is turned by hand until it is ready for processing after five to seven days. The next step for the germinated barley, or green malt as it is called, is the process of drying in the kiln.
The kiln is heated by a peat fire what gives already a particular smoky flavour to the malt. Another indicator for the closeness to tradition are the old washbacks, which still consist of massive Oregon pine. In these tubs the fermentation takes place. The last step of the whisky production is the maturing. Bowmore's warehouse "the No. 1 Vaults" provides perfect conditions for this important phase. Its constantly cold and damp climate is all the whisky needs. By the way, "the No. 1 Vault" is the only warehouse below sea level. Another special feature, which has probably less impact on thequality of the whisky, is a leisure centre that is built in an old warehouse of the Bowmore Distillery. The company gave it to the community so that a new swimming pool could be installed. Now the waste heat of the distillery is used to warm up the swimming pool.
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The Bowmore Distillery is producing mainly single malts and is doing so with great success. By having a look on the list of medals that Bowmore has been awarded during the International Spirits Challenge 2014, it becomes obvious that these are of a premium quality.© bowmore.com | Award-winning Bowmore Whiskies
The Bowmore distillery won gold for:
- Bowmore 15 Year Old Darkest
- Bowmore Devil s Cask
- Bowmore Springtide
- Bowmore Black Rock
And silver went to:
- Bowmore Small Batch
- Bowmore 12 Year Old
- Bowmore 18 Year Old
- Bowmore 25 Year Old
- Bowmore Gold Reef
- Bowmore White Sands
- Bowmore 23 Years Old Port Matured
The whiskies of the Bowmore Distillery can be categorized into the core range, the limited editions and travel exclusive.
Below all current Bowmore products are listed:
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Bowmore 12 Years Old