Bowmore 12 Year Old

70cl / 40%
  • Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky
  • Distillery Bottling
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


  • Peach Peach
  • Pineapple Pineapple
  • Mango Mango
  • Smoke Smoke
  • Honey Honey

Bowmore 12 Year Old Reviews

Tasting Notes

  • 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.

32 Customer Reviews

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  • 5
    1 October

    Amazing perfect peat if you don't want or like the "tcp" heavy peat type whiskys :) it's great value

  • 5
    5 June

    superb, its great balance and lighter peat compared to a lot of islay

  • 5
    6 May

    I got this as a Christmas gift and was amazed when I tried it. It's, without a doubt, the best Scotch I've ever had.

  • 5
    27 April

    My favourite malt of all time, so good

  • 4
    8 April

    Really nice balance of sweet and smokey, personally think i prefer it to bunnahabhain 13 and caol ila 12 if that helps.

  • 3
    7 April

    The nose is quite nice, somewhere between hardwood smoke and damp Florida topsoil. None of that reaches the tongue, save for the faint taste of soot. Mild finish, with a little bit of salt. Probably not something I'd buy again, but not something I'd try to dissuade someone else from trying a dram of.

  • 5
    27 March

    This is an excellent Islay malt. Perfect balance of salty and sweet. It would be easy to dismiss this as Laphroaig light but there is a lot more going on. Very fruity with heather honey to balance out the peat smoke. Slight brine with some oily texture. Very nice. I like variety in my whisky so I always have a few different bottles open at a time. While nothing will ever replace Laphroaig as my favorite peated whisky this is a great change of pace

  • 3
    9 March

    Don't know what the fuss is about. Hardly any kick. Finished the bottle in one evening with friends. Its too easy drinking for me. Maybe the sweetness blocks the smoke I don't know but there was no direction really and i paid a lot of money for that

  • 3
    25 January

    Solid Islay malt. Bowmore 12 has more in common with Laphroaig rather than Ardbeg or Lagavulin in terms of flavour. Lighter than Laphroaig (obviously, as just about everything is), it still possesses a rich smoky, peaty flavour and a pleasantly oily mouthfeel. If Laphroaig terrifies you, give Bowmore a try.

  • 5
    6 July 2015

    Used to drink this a lot in my local pub, became one of my favorite whiskeys and it will always bring good memories whenever I have a glass

  • 4
    24 June 2015

    I really liked it. First thing that came to mind was the honey and peat. Beautiful amber color. Furthermore it had a long intense finish.

  • 5
    1 May 2015

    One of my all time favourite malts is the Bowmore 15 y.o. , but this 12 y.o. is very close. Great value for such a great whisky. Mellow and warming. Lovely stuff!

  • Fraser Hamilton 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!

  • Johnny Norfolk 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.

  • James Selby 28 October 2013

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

  • Christopher J McKenna 13 October 2013

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

  • Bas Matthee 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.

  • Juergen - Netherlands 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.

  • Dave 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.

  • Peter Love 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.

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