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.

44 Customer Reviews

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  • 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.

  • 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

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