Bowmore 1850 Single Malt
Bowmore 1850 Single Malt is a vintage single malt whisky produced by Bowmore Distillery and bottled in the year 1850. The whisky
This whisky was distilled and bottled by William and James Mutter at the Bowmore Distillery in Islay, Scotland. The Mutter brothers operated the Bowmore distillery from the 1850s until the early 1890s when the Bowmore Distillery Company LTD was formed.
It is the oldest known bottle of Bowmore whisky.
Bowmore is still a strong competitor in the whisky market today. Bowmore have won more awards than any other single malt scotch whisky.
Main article: Bowmore Distillery
The Bowmore Distillery was established in 1779 by John P. Simpson, making it one of the oldest distilleries in Scotland. It is located on the South Easter shore of Loch Indaal in the island of Islay, Scotland. Simpson passed ownership of the distillery onto the Mutter family until 1925 when it was bought by J.B. Sheriff and Co. The company changed hands again in 1950 when it was bought by William Grigor and Son Ltd.
In September 2007 a bottle of Bowmore 1850 Single Malt was sold by McTear’s Auctioneers. The bottle was expected to sell for £15,000 to £20,000. Instead it sold for £29,400; the buyer was an anonymous telephone bidder.
Bowmore had announced before they auction that they wished for the bottle to return with them however they could not match the competitor’s offer.
This particular bottle was presented to William Mutter in 1851 when he gave up his share of the distillery. Since then the whisky has remained in the Mutter family for generations.