Bowmore 12 Year Old70cl / 40%
- Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky
- Distillery Bottling
Bowmore 12yo has a place in many hearts as Islay's 'medium-peated' malt. A pronounced iodine character with plenty of pepper, the current 12yo bottling is a welcome return to the classic Bowmores of the 1960s and '70s, with the emphasis on tropical fruit and smoke. A deserved runner-up in our Whisky of the Year 2014-15 blind tasting.
Bowmore 12 Year Old Reviews
Tasting Notes by Stuart P
Nose: Appetising combo of smoke and caramelised pineapple with a heady hit of tropical fruit.
Palate: Some lovely smokiness, but the fruity elements really sing here: pineapple, peach and mango all dancing with the smoke that surrounds them. Great balance.
Finish: Rather soft and relaxing, with the smoke gently fading.
Producer's Tasting Notes
On the eye: warm amber.
Breathe in: subtle lemon and honey, balanced beautifully by Bowmore's trademark peaty smokiness.
Sip: sweet and delicious heather honey and gentle peat smoke.
Savour: the long, mellow finish.
20 Customer Reviews
Brilliant spirit! And that tumbler is perfect for drinking, I've had one since 1987 when you would get two with a bottle of 12 YO! If only they'd bring the dumpy brown bottle back!
This is very well made whisky. If you have tried an Islay whisky and have been put of with the strong peat flavour, this could be for you. It is smoky and I like it very much.
I once saw someone drinking this. I believe they enjoyed it.
Excellent whisky, at a reasonable price and very drinkable. Truly outstanding Islay single malt.
The First glass I took I was negatively surprised by the strong smell of peat smoke. But after a while I fell in love with this Whisky. Very very long finish. Sweet 'n salty. Perfect balance. Indeed add a,little water, leave it alone for 10 minutes. Then take the glass and put your nose in it. You will dream away. What a nice nose this one has.
A very nice Islay dram. Lots of freshness and I get salt and mint too. Just a tad smoother than the standard NAS bottling but other than that, they're pretty similar.
This is a great medium-peaty whisky. Not as over powering as the Darkest 15 or the Tempest 10 Batch 2 or 3. If you like a mild strength and mildly peaty dram then certainly try this one out, it's an all rounder and priced pretty nicely compared to the stronger Bowmore whisky's. If you're looking for something to hit the heart and every organ strength wise then this isn't it, try a Darkest 15 or Tempest.
Bowmore is the only one if you like smoky, but not necessarily industrial strength peat overpowering all other flavors. There is a definite snobbishness when it comes to "peat monsters", I find. The Bowmore range to me is a progression, with maximum smokiness at 15 years, then dwindling to delightful floral flavors. My personal favorite is the 17 which I can only get at Duty Free. It should be considered the "delicacy" of malts.
One of the best ways I've heard to drink Bowmore is to have a sip, then add a little water, which will release a "salty" character that supposedly comes from the distillery lying so close to the sea that this taste infuses with the whisky...
A very enjoyable Islay single malt that doesn't quite yet live to its full potential. Wonderful smell and easy to drink; Bowmore 12yo has a mixture of sweet and smoky notes but is still a bit unrefined and "shy" in taste. The finish in particular is rather undeveloped at this young age. A good introduction to Bowmore and Islay in general, but there are much better ones out there. 7 out of 10