The No.1 Vaults

Maturation may be the last stage in the whisky making process, but it's also one of the most important. Bowmore's warehouse, the No. 1 Vaults, provides the perfect conditions - damp, cold and dark. Here, the New Make Spirit is carefully filled into casks. The precise selection of casks has a profound effect on the final character of the whisky, so much so that Bowmore invests four times the industry average in wood.

  • Bowmore's legendary No. 1 Vaults is the oldest maturation warehouse in Scotland and the only one below sea level.
  • Single malt is too delicate to be aged in new oak casks, so used casks are used instead.
  • American bourbon casks impart a characteristic vanilla flavour.
  • Ex-sherry casks have the most dramatic effect, lending the maturing spirit sherry flavours, a heavier body and deep amber colour.
  • If you know where to look, you'll find casks going all the way back to 1957.
Your Guide is

Eddie

Distillery Manager

Eddie began his days at Bowmore in July 1966 working in the warehouses. He then moved to the Maltbarns gradually working throughout the distillery before earning his title as Manager in 2006.

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While our virtual tour gives a flavour of what to expect, there's really no substitute for visiting Islay in person and experiencing the unique atmosphere inside Bowmore's legendary No. 1 Vaults for yourself. Our essential guide will start you on your way.

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