THE ORIGINAL 1779 ISLAY MALT. AGED 12 YEARS. BOWMORE DISTILLERY ISLAY SCOTLAND. Islay is a stunningly beautiful, unspoilt island that lies off the west coast of Scotland. Bowmore is the original Islay distillery, having hand crafted its award winning single malt whisky since 1779. Bowmore lies at the heart of the island, on the shore of Loch Indaal, and is regarded as the 'best balanced' Islay malt whisky, characterised by its wonderfully rich, warm and smoky flavours. Colour: Warm amber. Nose: Subtle notes of lemon and honey are bound together with the distinctive Bowmore smokiness.ubtle notes of lemon and honey are bound together with the distinctive Bowmore smokiness. Palate: Warm and delicious with subtle dark choclolate and peat smoke. The finish is long and subtle. 40% Vol.