Bowmore Distillery, Bowmore

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Bowmore is a distillery that produces scotch whisky on the isle of Islay, an island of the Inner Hebrides. The distillery, which lies on the South Eastern shore of Loch Indaal, is one of the oldest in Scotland and is said to have been established in 1779. The distillery is owned by Morrison Bowmore Distillers Ltd, a holding company owned by Japanese drinks company Suntory. Morrison Bowmore also own the Auchentoshan and Glen Garioch distilleries and produce the McClelland's Single Malt range of bottlings.HistoryThe Bowmore Distillery was established in 1779 by a local merchant, John P. Simson, before passing into the ownership of the Mutter family, a family of German descent. James Mutter, head of the family, also had farming interests and was Vice Consul representing the Ottoman Empire, Portugal, and Brazil through their Glasgow consulates. There are no records that pinpoint the date Mutter acquired the distillery from Simpson. Mutter would introduce a number of innovative processes to the distillery during his tenure and even had a small iron steam ship built to import barley and coal from the mainland and to export the whisky to Glasgow. A bottle of 1850 Bowmore Single Malt was sold at an auction in September 2007 for £29,400.
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  • Great tour, great Scotch, and super interesting history about bowmore's beginnings. Thanks to Cat, our guide!!  more »
  • Take a tour of the distillery may the shop is quite welcoming. Smiling sellers and we leave with a bottle sold exclusively at the distillery. Prices on derivatives are quite correct.
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  • Never miss Bowmore when on Islay done all of the tours now and they are great but I think by far the best is the ultimate bowmore experience. £120 but money well spent if you are into the world of whi...  more »
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  • Warm welcome very hospitable visitors area excellent Enjoyed the twelve year old unable to do tour
  • Inspirational distillery, the tour wasn't on due to silent season. However there was a very detailed video presentation in a lounge looking area of the lobby/whiskey bar. Also complementary 12 year bowmore whiskey. Very relaxing, very informative.
  • Great distillery shop but the standout feature is the stunning view from the tasting room. Absolutely blinding, even on a rainy day.
  • Good tour and a great location. Nice tastings after the tour and a nice wee distillery.
  • Great distillery to visit, the tour was very informative and surely they make some fantastic spirits, love the 18 year old

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