Bowmore is the oldest distillery still in operation on the island of Islay by quite a stretch, nearly 40 years ahead of the nearest rival for the title. Bowmore has long been a great malt to work in to the heavier Islay whiskies providing a balance between sweet and smoky. Bowmore still boasts its own maltings, one of the few in Scotland still to have its own, although only around a third of its barley is malted there. Bowmore has two sets of stills producing around 1.3 millions litres of peated spirit every year.
Bowmore is open to visitors.