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.

36 Customer Reviews

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  • 5
    26 December 2016

    An extremely smooth scotch with a nice smokey taste.

  • 5
    16 December 2016

    Good easy going peaty tasting

  • 1
    10 December 2016

    The only single malt I didn't like so far. Dry and smoked to the bone...I couldn't really taste anything else than smoke. Cannot be compared to Laphroig or Ardbeg, which are truly great whiskies. Won't buy or try it again.

  • 4
    10 December 2016

    I'm no fan of overly peaty whisky, while this has the nose (and some aftertaste) of a peat it's more smoky with a rich sweetness on the tongue. Tried with water/ice but much preferred the rich neat flavour.

  • 5
    1 October 2016

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

  • 5
    5 June 2016

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

  • 5
    6 May 2016

    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 2016

    My favourite malt of all time, so good

  • 4
    8 April 2016

    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 2016

    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 2016

    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 2016

    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 2016

    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.

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