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The Bowmore Distillery is set in a beautiful location on Islay on the shores of Loch Indaal and built in 1779 by John Simpson. The Bowmore distillery is owned presently by Morrison Bowmore Distillers Ltd, a holding company for the Japanese distillers Suntory. The company has been excellent to the village of Bowmore over the years, and many years ago it gave up one of their warehouses to build a swimming pool for the local community which is heated by the whisky distilling process. The distillery is the oldest on Islay, and there are over 12 different types of Single Malts produced, and all have the taste of being near the fresh air of the sea.
Bowmore Distillery Visitor Centre is open throughout the year and visiting it is a must if you are on the Island. The cost of a distillery tour is £4.00 per adult, £2.00 for OAP’s, but there is no charge for under 18’s and would be a great experience for all to see a working distillery in a location of beauty. If you would like to contact the distillery directly their address is Bowmore Distillery, Isle of Islay, Argyllshire, PA43 7GS. To phone and find out more the UK number is (0)1496 8104411. Awards in 2008 for the Distillery and Whisky at Bowmore.
The 2008 Malt Advocate Whisky Awards were in New York in November, and the Black Bowmore was awarded the Scotch Malt Whisky of the Year. Also, The White Bowmore was one of the best newcomers and was rated in the awards as being in the top ten new whiskies for 2008. - Since then 2008 one of their most popular bottles has to be the Devil's Cask and this is now in 2017 in its third edition.