Scotch Single Malt - Islay - 2014
International Wine & Spirit Competition
Single Malt Scotch - to 12 Yrs - 2013
San Francisco World Spirits Competition
Scotch Single Malt - Islay - 2013
Insider knowledge: Bowmore 12 Year Old whisky is named whisky by virtue of the fact it's from Scotland. If distilled in America the spelling would be Bowmore 12 Year Old whiskey, as opposed to whisky.
Nose: Very floral, lots of peat and smoky heather. Ash, hay, coastal, zesty orange.
Palate: Lovely and rounded, perfumed smoke, coastal element develops. Dark Peat. Blossom, oily sweetness.
Finish: Very smoky, long. Sea spray, dry grass, ash and citrus.
I was long put off by the relatively low score this whisky has here. But since it was on sale for a very low campaign price in our local supermarket, I just had to buy it. And honestly, I don't really understand the modest reviews this whisky is often getting. Sure, I can think of a handful of Islay whiskies that are better, but all in all, and especially for those loving a bit of peat in their whisky, this is a very good dram! The price performance is among the best, and it is very-very easily drinkable. And you need those in your cabinet. Something that you would just like to enjoy and not think too much about. So I wouldn't be surprised if I will always find a bottle of Bowmore 12 in my store from now on. Maybe it has to do with the fact that this was my first Islay in 10 months and I had forgotten the taste of peat, but who cares really :) Any whisky that makes you feel like coming home again deserves a clap!
3rd October 2014
Pretty damn good and it doesn't give you a headache or hangover, providing you don't drink more than 700mL in a 12-hour period.
24th September 2014
Its an alright dram. Nothing special, but fair for the price. I found the finish to be very drying, besides that I agree with the MoM-chaps. I didn't hate this, just would go for something else in the future like a Talisker. Maybe I just like them sweet and salty. CM
12th September 2014
Mmm it doesn't get much better than this.
8th August 2014
If you're new to Islays, this might be a good dram to try because it is simple and not strong on the mouthfeel. That said, if you are looking for a dram to spend some time with, I find it pretty uneventful. The nose is great, savory peat and sweet fruits with spices. And if you let it sit in its glass for ten minutes the flavors do come alive a bit more as the peat recedes. But the flavors are still weakened by the processing, making it a frustrating experience. At 46%, non-chill-filtered, and reduced caramel it would be a fantastic dram.
20th June 2014
I do like the nose and finish but found on the palate it was too sweet for me. I've never been a sweet tooth so was a shock to my system. Tasted of burnt caramel to me.
5th June 2014
Honestly, I adore Bowmore. It does have a strong peat taste but this is blended with a really really nice honey and lemon taste. It is so easy to drink and for me, a wiff of an empty glass is almost as pleasant as the drink itself.
10th March 2014
I reviewed and reviewed then reviewed some more.
This had decent reviews and for the price I must say not bad.
You can definitly taste the quality and if there's a better islay scotch at a better price (39.99) then id like to know.
23rd January 2014
This is just right for me. The balance is right and it is very well made.
18th January 2014
Never tasted anything so wonderful - given to me as a gift - and was the perfect antidote for my cold. Slept like a baby. P.S. Any other licquor gives me "crazy legs" and scotch is so pure - it never happens.
12th January 2014
All whisky is gluten free - during distillation the gluten are left behind while the alcohol (and some vapours that give the whisky a nice flavour) passes through. So you don't have to worry if you are sensitive to gluten!
31st December 2013
Light peat, heavy smoke. Not subtle, just yummy. Perfect when the wife or the law won't let you light up a good cigar. Thank you God, for Islay.
27th December 2013
This is one of my favorites. definitely the best scotch at this price range and probably up to double the price. very smooth and just the right and of smoke to sip on over a long period of time. am trying to find another that I can add to my "goto" list but without luck so far. treat yourself and try this.
Gluten: I am a Coeliac and extremely sensitive to the tiniest gluten contamination. Whiskey and other spirits do not contain gluten as the Gluten protein can not cross the distillation process, however it is possible for cross contamination in the aging process through barrels etc which is a long story. I love scotch and after many many different ones have only once or twice been contaminated and even then it could possibly have been something else. I can tell you I drink this particular Bowmore ever couple of weeks and have never been contaminated so I can vouch for it being safe.
14th December 2013
Bowmore was the first Islay malt I tried and I am still very fond of it. The perfume aroma of the past has now gone and been replaced by toffee but the beautiful Bowmore smoke remains. Not at all complex but a lovely dram just the same. Toffee and smoke! Great.
11th December 2013
as we speak I'm sitting at a bar sipping a glass of bowmore. it reminds me of burnt urine. I love smokey flavor in my whisky but this is not good. I well maybe il get laid tonight and if this flavor ever subsides I'll order a glass of something else
17th November 2013
Bowmore has a unique style and if you like it, you will like this. Personally, it's not my favourite among the Islay whiskys, but that's not saying it's poor, just that it's different to most other malts on the island.
8th November 2013
Got my first bottle today and it's a nice sip. I am used to Laphroaig and Ardbeg so this Bowmore is a little too tame for me. It lacks the 'taste-explosion' what you would expect from an Islay whisky, but once you've adjusted your expectations, it's a really enjoyable drink. Wonderful nose: toffee, fruity and very mild peat and smoke. Taste wise, oak, licorice, peat, sweet malt and some soft fruits but very (too?) mild. Medium long finish with slightly bitter marmalade taste.
7th November 2013
I couldn't drink it, just opened the bottle and after several tries neat, added touch of water and finally poured it back in the bottle. Aberlour has spoiled me.
22nd October 2013
Take your favorite perfume and and spray it in your mouth, then set a match on fire, let it burn out, then eat the burnt match. Then you have an equal taste
14th October 2013
This is just so good, not the most well known and not as heavy taste and all the beter for it. You will not find better at the price. I strongly recomend it and hope it is to your taste.
12th October 2013
Smooth yet complex, mild yet fiery. Lovely stuff!!
11th October 2013
True its made from Barley but my understanding is that the distillation process denudes the gluten protein, which is not the case with fermentation to produce Beer; which does contain gluten. So Chaps I think you need to do more homework. Why not ask the distilleries to clarify this issue and have their Whisky tested for Gluten so it can be categorically stated. That would be a great service to the gluten intolerant and also business wise.
10th October 2013
Nose: Flowers/Perfume Citrus Seaweed? Misty Smoke
Taste: Smoke, perfume/soapy
Finsish: Smoke, seasalt, citrus
Overall: an ok whisky, soapy at first but lessens when the taste mixes with the long finish. so first sip not good. 2nd and the rest ok. I much prefer the 15yo Darkest of Bowmore
I much prefer a Glenfarclas
15th September 2013
Hi there! Unfortunately, as whisky is made with barley, it cannot be classified as gluten free. --The Chaps at Master of Malt
13th September 2013
hey is this gluten free whisky ?
12th September 2013
My kitchen will always require a bowmore more 12!
23rd August 2013
The single bottle of Bowmore 12 I've ever tried tasted rather like the distillery burned down, and some charred casks were recovered from the wreckage - heavy smoke, but of unpleasant flavor, as if wood smoke not peat smoke had been used. But then, single malts are often quite varied in their flavors (the standard Lagavulin purchased in Canada and Italy tasted like completely different whiskys, one bourbon/smoked fish and the other huge persistent phenolics) - so I'd be willing to try Bowmore again, and see if the one was an anomaly, or even undeveloped taste on my part
At this cost what did you expect. This is just a nice wee dram. In fact it is one you will ask for again I'm sure of that. Give it a go.
4th July 2013
its a good scotch, good value, and i'll re-visit it in future no doubt but hard for me to get enthused now ive tasted ardbeg & lagavulin im afraid, as these two are what I want from islay whisky.
5th June 2013
quanto e esse whisky
21st May 2013
The lemon is what gives t his whiskey its finish. For the price you cannot go wrong.
20th April 2013
I must say I get great pleasure sipping on this whiskey while looking at the sun set.
Very tasty Islay whisky. A wide palate and nice complexity. It's a bit underrated. A perfectly balanced dram.
10th February 2013
This is a reference in taste, essence and overall character. From my limited experience of tastings, the best quality for price. Especially balanced taste and aftermath. Each glass offers novel developments in tastes.
6th October 2012
while there are some good qualities with the whisky, it tastes as if it were aged in old wood, as there is a lack of freshness, also bringing it to a higher proof would help the flavors, as this tastes over diluted
4th October 2012
This is a great introduction to the Islay style - the smoke is there but develops subtly and doesn't overpower the other flavours. However, the 12 year-old Enigma is even better (look out for it in Duty Free shops).
22nd June 2012
Bowmore is the range that gives you the peat flavors without them overwhelming all others. The 12 is a great daily dram, but the older ones get progressively better, with the peat evolving delightfully.
17th February 2012
Excellent balance between dryness, sweetness, peat and smoke. After a while the taste becomes very oily and dry. Like it! It's perfect everyday Islay dram.
PS: Caramel added, but it does not matter for me.
26th April 2011
my regular sipping choice, great value and great taste not too peaty not too smokey not too sweat with a good nose to it and with a great price, can't go wrong here.
12th March 2011