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Bowmore's celebrated Single Malt has been distilled on this jewel of an island, the Queen of the Hebrides, ever since 1779. 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.
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.
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 our 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.
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 Bowmore's single malts spend their long lives maturing in specially selected oak casks, gradually developing the finest of flavours.