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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  • We did not go on a tour at Bowmore, but you can still have a superb visit here without one. Park yourself in the lounge above the shop, partake in the complimentary dram, and then buy, if you choose s...  more »
  • The welcome is warm and very friendly from the "visitor center". The shop is small but enough provided. The tasting room is overlooking the ocean, there is room for everyone. The basic of the distillery tour is very complete, malting to the distillation range, we have time to see everything quietly and take some pictures.
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  • Took a ‘Craftsmen Tour’ at the Bowmore Distillery with my son and it was fabulous! Easily the best Whisky Tour I have been on. Fantastic detailed insight into the process, finished off with a special ...  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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