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.
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Age
12 Year Old
Country
Scotland
Region
Islay
Chill Filtered
Yes
Colouring
Yes

Style

  • Body
  • Richness
  • Smoke
  • Sweetness

Character

  • 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.

53 Customer Reviews

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  • 4
    4 days ago

    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
    12 days ago

    Very smoky I love it

  • 3
    7 November

    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

    Way too smokey for me....my 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

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

  • 4
    21 October

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

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

  • 1
    29 July

    Do you enjoy the smell of a forest fire? Ever wondered what it'd taste like in liquid form? Well, here you go. Alternatively, if you'd like to save a few bucks, buy yourself a bottle of Liquid Smoke then mix it in with some cheap scotch. To be fair, Glenfiddich India Pale Ale is my usual go-to but thought to venture out for once. I just didn't realize that venturing out would mean I'd find myself in the middle of a California wildfire with a thick layer of soot coating my tongue and cheeks.

  • 5
    16 July

    Seaspray, fresh fruit, heather, bon fire smoke that does not dominate this well balanced dram !!!

  • 4
    20 June

    As others have noted, the Bowmore 12 is ridiculously easy to drink, especially compared to the infinitely more peaty Islays from Laphroaig, Ardbeg and even Lagavulin. That's good and bad. Sometimes I don't want to lick a burned down house. Sometimes I want a mellower Islay. Trouble is, you can get deep into a bottle of this without realizing it until you're quite tipsy. I like it. My collection mainly consists of smoke monsters such as Laphroaig Quarter Cask and Ardbeg Corryvracken, but I'll keep Bowmore 12 around, too.

  • 5
    9 June

    a beautiful easy drinking whisky. sweet and slightly peaty.

  • 2
    25 April

    on the eye: caramel caramel caramel. not a bad malt, but not that great either, delicate and fragile, does not hold any water. bowmore 12 has the potential to be a real bang for the buck only of the distillers grow some sense and stop colouring and chill filtering their product. sometimes i wonder when i sip this dram if im actually tasting the e150a. this whisky has been heavily coloured, and to top it, its bottled at 40%. guess the distillers have done everything right to make this a mediocre product. the only good thing about the bowmore distillery, in my opinion is that they do their own malting, which is fantastic but sadly the distillery has failed to capitalize on it and have delivered an amateur engineered product.

  • 4
    13 April

    Ok scotch, I had better ones.

  • 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.

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