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Amid Islay’s wild beauty, the fierce seas and Hebridean winds, we’ve been making single malt Scotch whisky at Bowmore since 1779. Working with the finest quality oak casks, and a tradition that’s been passed down through generations, our master distillers use just three ingredients to make Bowmore single malt Scotch whisky: barley, yeast and water.

It’s a process that’s been perfected over nearly 240 years. An unrivalled heritage, the soft fresh water from the nearby River Laggan, barley grown and malted on the island, painstakingly cultivated yeast, and the magnificent character of Islay all come together to create our Bowmore single malt Scotch whisky.

And it’s in our legendary No. 1 Vaults, the old stone warehouse that sits on the edge of Loch Indaal, that the magical character of Islay and centuries of tradition patiently combine to create a whisky that stands out for its balance, complexity and beauty.

Before any of that happens, however, our distillery team expertly prepare the ingredients then distill the spirit that will become Bowmore single malt Scotch whisky, starting at the Malt Barns …

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Malt Barns

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The Kiln

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What is Peat?

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The Mill

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The Mash House

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The Tun Room

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The Stillhouse

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Maturation

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