Bowmore distillery is one of the oldest distilleries in Scotland. It has stood on the shores of Loch Indaal, on the Hebridean Island of Islay since 1779 making it the first distillery on the island. Being that it is such an old distillery, the people at Bowmore wanted to keep things traditional, which is why they are one of the few distilleries in the world that still produces its own floor malted barley, hand turned by traditional wooden malt shovel. For the whiskies they draw the water used from the Laggan River because of its rich peaty overtones and it is the same Islay peat that fires the malt drying kiln.
The maturation and aging of whiskies is very important to the final flavour they produce. This is taken very seriously at Bowmore and that is why they created there famous No.1 vault. This is where most of their whiskies spend the majority of their lives, resting in the quite, cool, dark damp cellars below sea level, oblivious to the waves battering the vault's seas facing wall.
They mature in oak casks, previously used for bourbon, sherry or claret, gradually developing rich and mellow flavours.
It is said that to create the magnificent Bowmore single malt whiskies, you have to combine peat, barley, sea breeze, water, wood, people and tradition all combined and thrown into a bottle.