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


  • 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.

71 Customer Reviews

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  • 4
    25 November

    Great value, great balance. The Islay character is there but nice balanced with the casks and good casks... And very salty lingering. Very nice smell. Get so much more than just the smoke.

  • 4
    8 September

    A good entry point to Islay whisky, nice earthy notes with smoke and little burn. If this not your thing then Laphoriag and Lagavulin will be too much for you. A good whisky.

  • 5
    6 August

    Beautiful balance of peat smoke and tropical fruit with a smooth caramalized aroma

  • 4
    10 June

    When I first purchased Bowmore 12 year, I did not enjoy it. Would have given it 2 stars. But I cannot stress enough, I was a novice drinker. With very little burn and an appropriate smokiness, this scotch grew on me. By my third opening of the bottle, I was had changed my tune significantly. Give it a little time to grow on you!

  • 4
    7 June

    Great Value Islay. But a word of warning. Don't add too much water as it breaks down quickly. Better drunk neat IMO.

  • 1
    26 May

    So sweet, very fruity. Is sugar added? Surely not. Sweet like Cointreau.

  • 4
    23 May

    Strangely, while I feel like Bowmore 12 is a fine, 4/5 scotch, on the Whisky Exchange where a lot of ratings seem rather inflated, I wish I could give it a 4.5/5. Bowmore 12 is outstanding for the price, and rather unique as an Islay scotch for being inexpensive yet also having a rather restrained peat character. It's sweet and easy drinking with a medicinal aftertaste. The nose is diverse enough to allow other scents in along with the peat. If you're going to keep a cheap, midly smoky Islay around, Bowmore is a great option to have. It's a lot less peaty than your average Islay, and a welcome addition to any collection.

  • 5
    28 April

    Great whisky. When I tried it first time it appeared to me not very complex, flat taste. But after 2nd or 3dr try I opened the beauty of Bowmore 12. Nice fruit palate with gentle smoke in the back. Very smooth finish. And awesome arome from the glass after you finished it. Something like dried smoked plum with mineral tones.

  • 4
    30 March

    For budget minded Islay enthusiasts, pretty hard to beat. A solid performer.

  • 3
    24 February

    I would give this 3.5. It's improved in recent years, subtle peated smoke, lovely fruit forward notes and on the nose. It's an entry level and affordable Islay single malt. Bottled at 46% without colour and chill-filtration and it would be brilliant. Even an increase to a tick over 43% would see a jumo to 4/5 stars.

  • 4
    24 February

    Fabulous whisky, one of the best bangs for your buck. Great intro to Islay scotch. Nice amount of smoke with a beautiful sweet fruit right behind, sugary fruit like pineapple and figs with a smooth lingering finish and a tail end of peat remaining. One I will always keep on my shelf. 4.5 for me.

  • 1
    20 February

    It tasted like medicine. I'll stick to Macallan 12 year, thank you.

  • 5
    17 February

    First time sipper of this beauty, after the urgings of an experienced Scotch drinker. Should have listened sooner.

  • 4
    26 January

    This was my first experience with an Islay whisky. At first, the smokiness was all I could tase, but as I became accustomed to this new flavor I began to appreciate it more and more. If this is your first Islay, be prepared for a shock. I first regretted buying this bottle but as I drank, it seemed to be a decent purchase.

  • 5
    11 January

    Disclaimer: I LOVE peaty/smokey single malts. Having lived in Edinburgh in 2016 my colleagues "introduced" to every Single Malt distilled in Scotland. I gravitated to all the Single Malts from Islay. I find Bowmore 12 provides the classic Islay smoke, not too much and not too little. Though I prefer even more. My favorite is Octomore! on a smoke scale of 1-10, it's a 12. :) So, if you like it smokey hit Octomore. Which will be a bit more expensive than Bowmore. Really any Single Malt from Scotland is worthy of praise, it's just what pairs well with you. I think Bowmore 12 is a great value and when I sip it it brings me back to my apartment in Young Street, Endinburgh. Cheers!

  • 2
    2 January

    Very smoky and smooth. Easy on the throat but medicinal finish.

  • 5
    20 December 2017

    I really enjoyed this scotch, for my first endever into Islay scotch it was a nice Smokey flavor but not over powering with a nice smooth finish

  • 4
    10 December 2017

    Peat and smoke but not too much of either. Very nice surprise for the price.

  • 4
    19 November 2017

    I really like the price point, usually hauling back the Macallans Gold or Aberlour 12 year which are much slighter with vanilla forward and caramel finish. This is nice with the smoke and citrus combo. Its a Saturday night dram with some jazz playing to warm. Cheers!

  • 5
    10 November 2017

    Very smoky I love it

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