Bowmore Distillery was founded in 1779 what makes it the oldest operating distillery on the Isle of Islay, however there is no evidence that whisky was produced there until John Simpson took out a license in 1816.
During the 19th Century distillery changed hands several times, in 1925 in was acquired by J.B. Sherriff & Co., which ran it until 1950. Stanley P. Morrison took over in 1963 and until the mid 1970s had released Bowmore single malt under Sherriff’s series. The series consisted of several expressions – non-age-statement, 7 years old, 8 years old and now extremely rare 12 and 18 years old and was destined mainly for the Italian market, those days the core market for single malt Scotch outside of Scotland.
Unfortunately we had no chance to taste Sherriff’s Bowmore, we have only read that it is by all means ‘old school’ Islay malt – maritime and mineral, citrusy and smoky with notes of tarry ropes, kerosene, herbs and smoked fish.