Color: Amber Red
Body: Full and round
Palate: Strong, herb-like frangrance overlying sherry and peat notes.
Finish: Long, deep and broad.
Nestling in the hills above the shores of Loch Indaal is the village of Bowmore, considered to be the capital of Islay. The distillery buildings are on the quayside. Bowmore Distillery was established in 1779 by a local merchant, one John Simpson. One of the earliest legal distilleries on the island, it was also owner-operated which, at that time, was unusual, since most proprietors on Islay leased out their distilleries. It was later taken over by one James Mutter and his family: Mutter, as well as being a farmer and distiller had the unlikely role of Ottoman, Portuguese and Brazilian Vice-Consul in Glasgow. Mutter considerably expanded the distillery and thus the Bowmore name began to travel and demand grew. The family kept the distillery until the 1890s when it was sold and became the Bowmore Distillery Co. During the Second World War the
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