Bowmore the place and the celebrated Single Malt share many claims to fame. The island’s administrative capital and crossroads, Bowmore the place was the first planned village in the country, founded in 1768.
The distillery was founded just over a decade later in 1779 making Bowmore the first recorded distillery on Islay and one of the oldest in the whole of Scotland. Islay malts are renowned for their peaty smokiness and Bowmore is no exception. Bowmore Distillery stands on the shores of Loch Indaal, a sea loch that opens out into the Atlantic Ocean. The distillery’s proximity to the sea plays a vital role in shaping the final character of the spirit, which breathes in the salty sea air all the while it’s maturing.