Bowmore is one of only a handful of Scottish distilleries which still operates it's own floor maltings, with three currently in use. They provide up to 40 per cent of the distillery's malt requirements.

Bowmore is proud of it's environmental record, and in 1990 a warehouse was donated to the local community for conversion into a swimming pool. It is heated by hot water from the stillroom's condensers.

Pronounced bow-MORE Meaning The big bend/curve

Expands 1837-51. Closed 1929 and during WWII. Rebuilt, renovated and the two pair of pot stills gets Steam-heated in 1963. Their floor-malting (three floors) covers about a third of the needs. They switched back to wooden wash backs in 1990 because the felt that the stainless one affected the taste. When were they stainless installed? A stainless steel semi-lauter mash tun. The own malting covers about 30-40% of the needs. The rest from Simpsons are mixed together.


Suntory is the new owner since 1994

New owner  •  1994  •  Posted by Hans-Ludwig

A warehouse changed to a swimming pool

Just text  •  1990  •  Posted by Hans-Ludwig

The pool is heated by the heat of the distillery.

The steel wash back has been replaced by a wooden one.

Just text  •  1990  •  Posted by Hans-Ludwig

New name: Morrison Bowmore

Just text  •  1987  •  Posted by Hans-Ludwig


Stanley P. Morrison Ltd. is the new owner since 1963

New owner  •  1963  •  Posted by Hans-Ludwig

Extensive renovation

Just text  •  1963  •  Posted by Hans-Ludwig

Part of the renovation has been that the heating of the stills changed to an indirect steam heating.

William Grigor & Sons Ltd. is the new owner since 1950

New owner  •  1950  •  Posted by Hans-Ludwig

Production resumes

Just text  •  1945  •  Posted by Hans-Ludwig

Bowmore closed its doors in 1939

Closed  •  1939  •  Posted by Hans-Ludwig

No production during the Second World War.

Joseph Robert Holmes is the new owner since 1925

New owner  •  1925  •  Posted by Hans-Ludwig

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    Morrison Bowmore Distillers Ltd.
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    2000000 Liters
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Distillery location

School Street
PA43 7GS Bowmore, Isle of Islay, Argyll
Scotland Islay


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