Complete Guide to Scotch Whisky

Bowmore Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Shore Street, Bowmore
Isle of Islay, Scotland PA43 7JS
Tel: +44 (0)141 558 9011 / Fax: +44 (0)141 558 9010
Viewer's Comments about Bowmore

The second oldest distillery in Scotland, and the oldest on Islay, Bowmore is one of the most prestigious in all of Scotland and producer of one of the world's broadest and most distinctive ranges of Single Malt Scotch Whiskies. Bowmore Distillery has been perched boldly at the edge of the rugged Hebridean Island of Islay since 1779.

This distillery's location on this dramatic, wind-swept isle has been integral in determining the legendary smoky, rich character of the fine single malt scotch whiskies it crafts.

The distinctive character of Bowmore's world-revered range of single malts is the result of a stubborn adherence to time-honored tradition, imbedded in the land and people of the Island of Islay.

Bowmore Single Malt is produced using the pure waters from the nearby Laggan River -- waters that have spent 2,000 years percolating through the ancient rock of the hills of Islay. As the river flows to the Distillery, it gathers the flavors of the rich Islay peat that then fires the malt-drying kiln. One of the only distilleries that has maintained the tradition of malting its own barley, Morrison Bowmore's maltman hand-turns the barley with a traditional wooden malt shovel -- exactly as his father, grandfather and great-grandfather did before him.

The final character of the Bowmore Single Malts is developed in the famous seaside vaults, where their whiskies spend anywhere from 12 to 40 years. There the Bowmore Single Malts rest quietly below sea level in the finest Spanish and American oak casks, maturing to perfection with the help of the salty, sea-laden air.


Buy Bowmore Single Malt Scotch Whisky Here!
Color: Amber

Nose: More salt, seaweed and smoke than at 10 years.

Flavor: Medium. Lightly syrupy.

Finish: Remarkably long and salty. 


Buy Bowmore Single Malt Scotch Whisky Here!

Color: Mellow Mahogany.

Nose: Creamy caramel toffee, with ripe fruit and smoke aromas.

Palate: Incredibly complex, with beautiful soft fruit and chocolate balanced with a light smokiness.

Finish: Long and wonderfully balanced, enjoy.


Buy Bowmore Single Malt Scotch Whisky Here!
Buy Bowmore Single Malt Scotch Whisky Here!

Color: Ruby Red

Body: Full and brawny

Palate: Rich and dard with sublte sweetness

Nose: More salt, seaweed and smoke than at 10 years.

Finish: Very soft with a slow warmth.


Buy Bowmore Single Malt Scotch Here!
Buy Bowmore Single Malt Scotch Whisky Here!
Color: Light Gold.

Nose: A complex and compelling range of aromas -- apricots, honeydew melon, claret, sea spray and peat fires.

Palate: Bold zesty lemon and smoke with a touch of honey.

Finish: Full and warm with distinctive Islay peat smoke.

Bowmore Distillery Tours

Established: 1779

Tour Frequency
Easter – June
Monday – Saturday 09.00-17.00
Tours 10.00, 11.00, 14.00, 15.00

July and August
Monday – Saturday 09.00-17.00, Sunday 12:00-16:00
Tours Mon-Sat 10.00, 11.00, 14.00, 15.00
Sunday 13:00, 14:00

September – Easter
Monday – Friday 09.00-17.00, Saturday 09.00-12.00
Tours Mon-Fri: 10.00, 11.00, 14.00, 15.00; Sat: 10.00

Getting There: If travelling down Main Street, make a left at the bottom of the hill before you reach the sea. When approaching from Brigend along Shore Street, cross the Main Street and you can't miss it.

Reception & Info....There is no warmer reception than from Julie Torrance and her team - a fantastic bunch of girls in the visitor centre who welcome the visitors with smiles and whisky. (Lynda, Lesley, Samantha and Heather). Bowmore Distillery Visitor Centre provides a welcoming and relaxing atmosphere - we have a beautiful sea-view bar with a panoramic window looking out over Loch Indaal where you can enjoy a complimentary dram of our 12 year old single malt. Our Bar is open from 10am each morning and there are a number of different tasting sessions available ranging from £12.00 to £27.00 which you can enjoy at your leisure ( there are no set times for tastings at the bar - just pop in and we will try to accommodate you best we can) you can also buy single drams starting from £2.50 each.

We also have a DVD presentation available to watch in different languages which shows our production methods from the beginning right up to the end - this is helpful for those who struggle to understand our Islay accent whilst on tour. (running time 15 mins).

The Craftsman's tour is a private visit to the distillery. It is designed for people who have been on lots of Distillery tours already and who are looking for more detailed information. But it is also popular as a special treat for whisky enthusiasts from all walks of life and with varying degrees of whisky knowledge.

The tour can last up to two hours. Whilst on tour you will visit each area of the distillery in turn and will witness the entire whisky making process from beginning to end. At the end of the our you will visit the 'number one vaults' where you will have the rare opportunity to taste some Bowmore whisky straight from the cask, this is followed by a second tasting session in the visitor centre.

You must book the Craftsman's tour well in advance as spaces are limited, the cost is £40.00 per person. These special tours can be booked Monday to Thursday at either 10.30am in the morning or 2pm in the afternoon (depending on availability)

Maximium Group Size: 15

Guided Tour:
£4.00 per adult, £2.00 for OAP’s. Under 18 - Free.

Craftsman’s Tour: £40.00 per adult. Craftsman’s Tour by prior appointment.

Group Bookings: By appointment with reception.

Enquiries: Call 01496 810441

Photography in Distillery: Yes, but not flash photography.

Disabled Access: Designated disabled parking spaces are available. This tour is ideal for the disabled visitor - flat or gentle slope except for a few steps to the maltings and the hospitality room. In each case there are willing hands to overcome these obstacles. Blind visitors get a great welcome here.