Bowmore Distillery Information
Bowmore Distillery Description
The Bowmore Distillery was founded by John P. Simson. Simson was an island local and a merchant. The well connected Mutter family purchased the distillery from Simson.
The Mutter’s ran Bowmore successfully for more than 100 years, until it was purchased by J. B Sheriff & Co. in 1925. It has changed hands several times since then, most recently when it was fully purchased by Beam Suntory in 1994.
Bowmore goes to great lengths to keep the spirit and character of Islay, in everything that they do. They even source as much barley from local farmers as possible. But there is just not enough grown on the island to supply all of their needs, so they supplement with grain from the mainland as needed.
Similarily, they floor-malt as much of their own barley as they can. But they are forced to contract out some of that too, in order to keep the still at full capacity. Fermentation takes place in large, traditional, wooden washbacks, which are becoming rarer as time goes on.
They are what many would call a mid-sized distillery by capacity, with a maximum output of about 2 million liters annually. Bowmore is considered one of the classic malts of Scotland, and that is a distinction that they richly deserve.
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