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.

62 Customer Reviews

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  • 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

  • 3
    7 November 2017

    My first glass of this I was shocked it was not what I was expecting in a bad way. If felt like a cheap whisky with the alcohol burn that you get. I was so disappointed that I bought it when I wanted a glenfiddich which I love for the price. Now with my second glass it was a whole new experience and now I enjoy it I don't know if i'll buy it again unless there is a sale but if you do not like it give it a second glass. The flavours are earthy and a bit of smoke not much. I get no fruit I think they were dreaming with that. It is not as smooth as I like my scotch but its a nice mix up to make you appreciate the scotch you really enjoy as your favourite.

  • 1
    3 November 2017

    Way too smokey for girlftiend kissed me after I had some of this...she thought I had started smoking again. I think I wont comment on Scotch Whiskys anymore, I am a big big fan of Irish, American and Canadian Whiskies cause I just cant get used to the burned peat aftertaste of the Scotish liquid...even after 40 years of trying, my Scot friends hate me.

  • 4
    21 October 2017

    Quite nice. It's a poor man's Ardbeg 10 or Laphroaig 10. Excellent value for your hard earned dollars.

  • 4
    21 October 2017

    Good for its price. Very soft smoke with a strong sea spray and ocean breeze. I did not taste any medicinal notes. Overall; i would buy again and have a dram when i am not in the mood for ardbeg or laphroaig.

  • 2
    7 October 2017

    Not my favourite. Odd flavour. Perhaps good for the price but rather pay more for higher quality. My son-in-law liked it.

  • 1
    4 October 2017

    I really like peated malts like ardbeg, ledaig, caol ila talisker but this, bowmore 12 just tastes disgusting. There is a musky, mushroomy, papery note in which just tastes awful, and very very little complexity if any at all, after all it is chill filtered and 40% and heavily heavily coloured.

  • 4
    30 September 2017

    Anonymous reviewer that wrote 'Do you enjoy the smell of a forest fire...' why do give exactly the same review for a variety of different whiskies? Stop wasting people's time that are looking for useful comments, perhaps you should stick to your Glenfiddich IPA

  • 4
    23 August 2017

    This is the easy drinkers delight, sweet but with enough complexity and smokiness to keep one interested from the first sip until the last, an absolute gem in my opinion. Great whiskey and an asset to any collection.

  • 5
    30 July 2017

    A fantastic Scotch. Not too strong, not too light. The smokiness compliments it instead of dominating it.

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