Latest update: May 23rd 2015
BOWMORE DISTILLERY PICTURES
Bowmore distillery is as majestic as ever at Loch Indaal. Although almost 10 years later, it looks like not too much has changed.
BOWMORE DISTILLERY 2011
The pictures in the slide show at the left, were taken by Frans Brouwer – The Whisky Friend, and his travelling companion Hennie van Staden. The pictures are used with kind permission from him.
BOWMORE DISTILLERY 2005
In the centre of Bowmore, you will find the distillery with the same name. Bowmore distillery is sited next to Loch Indaal. The cottages next to the distillery are for hire at the distillery.
Bowmore still malts part of the barley themselves, does about 40% of their own maltings, the rest of the malted barley comes from the Scottish mainland. In the kiln the malt is dried, from there is goes to the malt bins (storage capacity 180 tonnes). The malt is milled in the Porteus mill, installed in the 1960s. The mashtun is a semi Lauter tun from stainless steel, with a capacity of 8 tonnes. The 6 Oregon pine washback, have a charge of 40,000 litres each. Bowmore had installed stainless steel washbacks, but switched back to Oregon pine in 1990. Each washback wears a name sign. They carry the names of the current and previous owners of the distillery. The still house houses 2 wash stills (30,940 litres each) and 2 spirit still (14,750 and 14,637 litres). Bowmore has 3 warehouses, 2 dunnage and 1 racked.
Although the process is not automated, there are computers in place to control the process. During silent season there is still a lot of work, as you may see in some pictures. During my 2005 visit, the distillery was closed and a lot of repair and maintenance work was going on.
BOWMORE DISTILLERY & VISITOR CENTRE
Islay, Argyllshire PA43 7JS
Tel./Fax: 0044 – (0)1496 810 671