Bowmore Distillery has stood on the shores of Loch Indaal, a sea loch that opens out into the Atlantic Ocean, since 1779. The distillery's proximity to the sea plays a vital role in shaping the final character of their spirit, which breathes in the salty sea air all the while it's maturing. This makes it the first of Islay's eight distilleries chronologically speaking (and by taste too, many would say). Now, as then, Bowmore is widely acknowledged to be among the finest and most perfectly balanced single malts in the world.
It's Bowmore's unique combination of the purest water from the Laggan River, floor-malted barley that has been carefully smoked in their peat-fired kiln, the finest oak casks left to mature in their No. 1 Vaults, Islay's natural environment and a dedicated team of craftsmen that together create the perfect balance for which Bowmore is known and loved.
The whisky is made the same way today as it has always been, by a dedicated team of craftsmen, using time-honoured techniques passed down from one generation to the next. A job for life, their Distillery Manager has worked at Bowmore for over 40 years, as a man and boy.
Bowmore's now legendary No. 1 Vaults is a very special place indeed. The oldest maturation warehouse in Scotland and the only one below sea level, its dark, damp and cold conditions are perfect for maturing whisky. It's here that their single malts spend their long lives maturing in specially selected oak casks, gradually developing the finest of flavours.