about my collection!
Distillers Glasgow and myself have come to an agreement for the purchase of my
entire Bowmore collection by Morrison Bowmore Distillers. In September, 2004 all my
Bowmore bottles, miniatures, waterjugs, giftsets, displays and many go-withs
transported to Glasgow - and arrived safely!
It is Morrison
Bowmore Distillers' intention to display my collection along with theirs in the
new visitor centre that is open for the public from
18, 2006. The visitor centre is located in the village of Bowmore on the lovely Isle of
5, 2004 Morrison Bowmore
Distillers made an official announcement with a press release which has been
published on their website that same day (see below).
Morrison Bowmore - Press Release
The world’s most comprehensive private
collection of Bowmore Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky is to reach home,
following its purchase by Morrison Bowmore Distillers. The makers of
Scotland’s No 1 Islay malt have bought Hans Sommer’s remarkable collection
of over 200 bottles – a collection which includes several of the world’s
most valuable Bowmore collectors’ items, including three Black Bowmores,
bottles that at auction can reach up to £1,500 each.
Morrison Bowmore intends to house the
collection at the distillery visitor centre in Islay, as part of an exhibition
on the history of the distillery, the oldest on the island.
The collection includes many rare Bowmore
whiskies, together with the complete set of 11 Bowmore Legend special edition
tins which celebrate the island’s ancient legends, and many Bowmore
miniatures, water jugs and old and new gift items.
Glen Moore, Morrison Bowmore’s Marketing
Director said “This collection is a hugely impressive showpiece. Not only does
it demonstrate the unparalleled range of expressions produced by Bowmore and the
way Bowmore has evolved through the years, the collection also creates a huge
impact and that’s something we’re really looking forward to sharing with all
those who come to see us at the distillery.”
Hans Sommer said “I am proud, that having
dedicated such time, care and effort to building up this collection, that it
will now be housed in its rightful place, at Bowmore Distillery. I look forward
to seeing the collection there and to seeing all the visitors to the distillery
getting the opportunity, as I have, to see how Bowmore has developed over its
5 October 2004
Morrison Bowmore Distillers Limited
Glasgow G21 1EQ
Telephone: 0141 558 9011