Bowmore 16 Year Old

Distilled at The Bowmore Distillery in April 1998.
Bottled in Glasgow October 2014.
Aged 16 years in American Oak.
56.4% Alcohol by Volume.
Un-chill filtered, no artificial colouring.

A refined oily malt, oaky, slightly smoky and with the usual medicinal notes. A long sweet and dry finish.

Bowmore Distillery, on the Hebridean Island of Islay was founded in 1779 by a local farmer named David Simpson. It is situated in the village of Bowmore and sits on the shore of Loch Indaal.

Bowmore is produced using water from the Laggan River which rises from iron-tinged rock and travels through peat, moss, ferns and rushes, before reaching the distillery.

Bowmore is the most exposed distillery on the island. During the winter months the westerly winds from the Atlantic Ocean and the high waves come battering against the walls of the distillery adding to the complexity of this malt.

Bowmore is one of an ever-decreasing handful of distilleries to produce its own floor malted barley. The barley is still laboriously hand turned by the Maltman using the traditional wooden malt shovel.

Unlike many other distilleries that has had many owners over the years, Bowmore has had only five owners in its 230 years existence. After David Simpson came James Mutter and his family. He was a farmer and distiller who also had the distinction of having the role as vice-consul in Glasgow to Portugal and Brazil.

James Mutter considerably expanded the distillery and as the Bowmore name began to travel demand grew. The family kept the distillery until 1887 when it was sold to John Sherriff of Campbeltown. In 1963 Stanley P Morrison, Glasgow whisky brokers, acquired the distillery.

Today the distillery is owned by Morrison Bowmore distillers. Having been part owned by Suntory Ltd, of Japan for some years, Suntory purchased Morrison Bowmore outright in 1994.

Morrison Bowmore are also owners of Glen Garrioch Distillery situated in the village of Old Meldrum in Aberdeenshire and Auchentoshan, a lowland distillery on the outskirts of Glasgow overlooking the River Clyde.

For the fans of trivia, the story goes that the local parish church in Bowmore, which overlooks the distillery was built in a circular shape to make sure there were no corners in which the devil might hide.

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