Bowmore Distillery, Islay's first distillery and one of the oldest in Scotland, has stood on the shores of Loch Indaal, on the Hebridean Island of Islay, since 1779.
We're one of only a few distilleries anywhere which still produces its own floor malted barley, hand-turned by traditional wooden malt shovels. For our whiskies we draw water from the Laggan River with its rich peaty overtones - it's the same Islay peat that fires the malt drying kiln.
The famous Bowmore Number One Vault is where most of our whiskies spend their long lives resting quietly in the cool, dark damp cellars below sea level. They mature in oak casks, previously used for bourbon, sherry or claret, gradually developing rich and mellow flavours.
It's this fine combination of peat, barley, sea breeze, water, wood, people and tradition that together create the subtle, warm and smokey character of Bowmore single malt whiskies.
Our guests can enjoy a complimentary tour of the distillery, a must when staying on Islay.