Bowmore 12 Year Old

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  • Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky
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Bowmore 12 Year Old
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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.

Distillery Bottling
12 Year Old
Chill Filtered


  • Body
  • Richness
  • Smoke
  • Sweetness


  • Heather Heather
  • Honey Honey
  • Lemon Lemon
  • Smoke Smoke

Bowmore 12 Year Old Reviews

Tasting Notes

  • 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

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  • 1 May 2014

    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!

  • 15 November 2013

    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.

  • 28 October 2013

    I once saw someone drinking this. I believe they enjoyed it.

  • 13 October 2013

    Excellent whisky, at a reasonable price and very drinkable. Truly outstanding Islay single malt.

  • 29 April 2013

    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.

  • 2 January 2013

    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.

  • 19 June 2012

    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.

  • 3 January 2012

    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.

  • 12 January 2011

    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...

  • 22 November 2010

    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

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