What's in a name? Bowmore 12 Year Old whisky is called whisky because it's produced in Scotland. Were it from America it would be spelled Bowmore 12 Year Old whiskey, rather than 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.
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
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
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
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
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 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
Very tasty Islay whisky. A wide palate and nice complexity. It's a bit underrated. A perfectly balanced dram.
10th February 2013
I must say I get great pleasure sipping on this whiskey while looking at the sun set.
20th April 2013
The lemon is what gives t his whiskey its finish. For the price you cannot go wrong.
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21st May 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
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
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
23rd August 2013
My kitchen will always require a bowmore more 12!
hey is this gluten free whisky ?
12th 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
I much prefer a Glenfarclas
15th September 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
10th 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.
Smooth yet complex, mild yet fiery. Lovely stuff!!
11th 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
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
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
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
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
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