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Bowmore Distillery

Bowmore, Isle of Islay , PA43 7JS, Scotland
Tel: +44 1496 810 671


Articles (24)


With this issue Whisky Magazine celebrates its first anniversary. The birthday party will be held in New York because this issue also marks our arrival in the US, the largest consumer of whisky and wh...

October 1999, Issue 6, page 5

A Highland affair
Caroline Dewar takes a stroll through whisky's heartland

July 2006, Issue 57, page 37

A new dawn for Bowmore (Brian Morrison)
After 38 years in whisky, Brian Morrison, managing director of Morrison Bowmore Distillers, is retiring from his executie position to become Joint Chairman. He reminisces with Charles Maclean

February 2002, Issue 21, page 34

Aging gracefully
The extent to which single malt Scotch whisky is a creature of its environment is the subject of lengthy, on-going debate. Many people even doubt the existence of ‘whisky terroir,' noting that malti...

September 2013, Issue 114, page 34

Ask The Expert
I have several hand-blown bottles of the Bowmore Bicentennial edition, complete with the wooden case. It is one of the finest whiskies I have ever tasted but it seems too valuable for me to drink at t...

October 2012, Issue 107, page 74

Ask the expert
I am a great fan of single malt Scotch whisky and I have tried to visit every distillery in Scotland. My passion comes from a visit to Bowmore distillery when I met Jim McEwan. Since that time, I ha...

April 2014, Issue 119, page 82

Class Acts
The search starts again to find the cream of the crop in the whisky world. In the first of three voting heats, we reveal the winners of the Scottish round.

September 2011, Issue 98, page 6

High society (An Quaich Society)
The members of Canada 's An Quaich Society are real party animals, but their love of Scotch and the freedom it represents could not be more serious as Stuart Maclean Ramsay reports.

June 2000, Issue 10, page 64

Is it a bear or a bull?
John Rose with another selection of outstanding collectible bottles

July 2006, Issue 57, page 62

Islay Whisky Comes to Savile Row
For those readers with a penchant for sartorial excellence, the good news is that Bowmore Distillery have recently launched an exciting collaboration with the esteemed Savile Row tailor, Malcolm Plews...

February 2012, Issue 101, page 7

It's all Go-more (Bowmore)
Islay's meant to be all about tranquillity. But when Ian Buxton visited Bowmore it was anything but

November 2003, Issue 35, page 48

Join the debate
email the team editorial@whiskymag.com

February 2010, Issue 86, page 70

Lessons with the cask force (Bowmore)
Making whisky is all about rolling up your sleeves and getting down among the peat as Dave Broom found out at Bowmore distillery

October 1999, Issue 6, page 46

Muscial Spirits
Martine Nouet profiles two talented singer/songwriters in the world of whisky: Robin Laing and Norma Munro

April 2003, Issue 30, page 34

New Classics
The autumn is always an exciting time for whisky collectors and connoisseurs. There are generally a number of exciting limited edition releases,targeted at the gift market,and this year is no exceptio...

November 2006, Issue 60, page 18

Peat
Unlike water and barley, peat is an ‘optional extra' in whisky-making, as its role in the malting process is purely to provide aroma and flavour, and large quantities of malt are made without any us...

April 2013, Issue 111, page 23

Raiding the Larder
Martin Mitchell heads out to the Islay coastline to forage for food

September 2012, Issue 106, page 50

Taking care of business (Colin Dunn - Morrison Bowmore)
Colin Dunn is business develoment executive at Morrison Bowmore. So what does he do? Richard Jones reports

October 2004, Issue 43, page 52

The Bowmore 1964 Fino cask: a happy twist of fate
Martine Nouet shares her impressions of three rare 1964 Bowmore releases

November 2002, Issue 27, page 18

Under the hammer
Now you can find both of John Rose's superb articles about collecting whisky in one place. In collections,he looks at some of the latest bottles to come up at auction. In questions,he fields your enqu...

June 2008, Issue 72, page 32

Under the Hammer
In this 100th Edition of the Whisky Magazine which was first printed on the 20th November 1998, John Rose has selected six bottles at the price collectors could have bought them at auction in that yea...

December 2011, Issue 100, page 96

Whisky Island
The "Queen of the Hebrides" has a lot to offer

June 2014, Issue 120, page 14

Whisky Magazine Icons of Whisky 2013
After many months of debate, scrutiny and four rounds of voting, Whisky Magazine's international panel of judges has finally settled on the winners. Here we reveal who has scooped the coveted Global I...

March 2013, Issue 110, page 39

Whisky's women
Whisky's longevity can be credited to the efforts of many hard working people. Gavin D Smith lists nine successful women who are currently working hard to secure whisky's future.

February 2001, Issue 14, page 26

Whiskies (35)

Berry's Own Selection Bowmore 1995
Single Malt - Scotland - 56.20%
7 A sunny malt. Quite sharp and spirity but a pleasant aromatic freshness. Could be a thirst quenching for some. Water does not cut all edges.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Berry's Own Selection Bowmore 1996
- Scotland - 46.00%
8 Judging by the colour (pale chardonnay),has obviously not gained from the cask. Has got all the phenolic spectrum but not much more,especially on the nose.

Blackadder Bowmore 1989
Single Malt - Scotland - 63.30%
7 All the elements of Bowmore, and plenty of alcohol, but extra dimension.

Bowmore 100 Proof
Single Malt - Scotland - 50.00%
7 Well balanced and sweet.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Bowmore 12 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00%
8 Glad to see a Bowmore with an age rather than a brand-name.

Bowmore 12 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00%
2 Peat is integrated in oak though wood is not overwhelming. Water changes the rules, bringing peat and smoke forward.

Bowmore 16 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 53.80%
7 The nose is fantastic, like the fug in an old Scottish pub: coal fires, cigarette smoke, damp clothes. The perfume pulls the score down.

Bowmore 16 Years Old Port Matured
Single Malt - - 53.10%
7 Substantial and well balanced (bar that perfumed note).

Bowmore 17 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00%
8 A touch of astringency that seems to be more than Islay iodine.

Bowmore 17 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00%
3 More integration but a real earthy presence. Water does not make a drastic change.

Whisky Magazine - Editors Choice - Winner

Bowmore 1968
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.40%
9 What a start! A truly magnificent dram and for me miles ahead of the competition.

Whisky Magazine - Editors Choice - Winner

Bowmore 1985
- Scotland - 52.30%
8 Distinct, robust and delightfully elegant in the same glass. A classy offering indeed.

Bowmore 1990, 16 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 58.50%
7 Water smooths it down, but the rugged edge is what makes this a winner.

Bowmore 2000 (cask sample from bourbon cask)
Single Malt - Scotland - 0.00%
2 Peat plays the major part in the aromatic display, with an assertive sea influence.

Bowmore 29 Years Old, 1981
Single Malt - Scotland - 49.60%
7 That perfume problem that bedevils old MBD malts knocks this back.

Bowmore 29 Years Old, 1982
Single Malt - Scotland - 47.30%
7 One of those Bowmores.

Whisky Magazine - Editors Choice - Winner

Bowmore 40 Years Old, 1969
Single Malt - Scotland - 44.80%
9 Superb balance. Classic distillery character retained after four decades - no mean achievement.

Bowmore Cask Strength Islay Single Malt
Single Malt - Scotland - 56.00%
7 Doesn't leap out of the glass at you, but well balanced and unthreatening.

Bowmore Claret
Single Malt - Scotland - 0.00%
7 The fighter beat the boxer, but it was a wonderfully enjoyable contest.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Bowmore Claret
Single Malt - Scotland - 0.00%
9 The fighter beat the boxer, but it was a wonderfully enjoyable contest.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Bowmore Darkest
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00%
8 Not that dark – just tawny. Whisky in its mid teens, I would say, but from superb sherry casks.

Bowmore Darkest
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00%
8 Let the flavours unfold. Enjoy the complexity.

Bowmore Dawn
Single Malt - Scotland - 51.50%
8 Wood finishes are still fun and may recruit new enthusiasts for malt. Dawn, Dusk, Voyager...this is becoming confusing. Of those three (Port, Bordeaux and Port again), Dawn seems the lightest all-roun...

Bowmore Dawn Islay Single Malt
Single Malt - Scotland - 56.00%
7 Complex and curious!

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Bowmore Dusk
Single Malt - Scotland - 50.00%
8 After that smoky start, becomes much more toffeeish than most Bowmores. But is this a good thing?

Bowmore Legend
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00%
7 A light, young version, at a competitive price.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Bowmore Legend
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00%
8 A well-knitted dram,although suffering from being bottled at 40%.

Bowmore Small Batch Reserve
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00%
7 Strangely demanding as you try to extract what is there.

Bowmore Springtide
Single Malt - Scotland - 50.00%
7 Balanced and fine.

Bowmore Surf, 25 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00%
7 A light, smooth, Bowmore that might attract younger drinkers.

Bowmore Tempest Batch 3
Single Malt - Scotland - 55.30%
7 A step down from the previous versions. Seek those out.

Whisky Magazine - Editors Choice - Winner

Bowmore Voyage
Single Malt - Scotland - 56.00%
8 Port often leaves a toffeeish note, but not in this case. Perhaps needs a bit more maturity.

Cask Collection Bowmore 1998 9 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 62.30%
6 A solid dram. Rough and ready. The malty sweetness helps balancing the high strength. Invigorating.

Celtic Heartlands Bowmore 1968
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.60%
8 Fresh, very drinkable. Doesn't remotely taste it's age.

Whisky Magazine - Editors Choice - Winner

Dewar Rattray Bowmore 14 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 57.80%
8 A beautiful Islay malt in a sherry refill dressing. Rich aromatic development, great combination of strength and sweetness.

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