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Bowmore 12 Year Old

(70cl, 40.0%)
Bowmore 12 Year Old

Awards for Bowmore 12

Silver Outstanding
Silver Outstanding

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

International Wine & Spirit Competition

Bowmore 12 Details


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Interesting fact… Bowmore 12 Year Old whisky spells its name whisky as it originates in Scotland. Had it been produced in America its name would be Bowmore 12 Year Old whiskey, instead of whisky.

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Bowmore 12 Bottling Note

The heart of the Bowmore range, the 12 year old exhibits some beautiful coastal notes with a gentle peat, it is the balance that the floral element presents that makes this a great entry bottling for Bowmore.
Bowmore 12 (3cl Sample)
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Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt

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.

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User Reviews of the Bowmore 12 Year Old


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

not that impressed

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

Fantastic and out even performs more expensive expressions

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

My first Islay.

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 my Favorite Islay

This is just right for me. The balance is right and it is very well made. Johnny Norfolk

18th January 2014

Cured my cough

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

Gluten free whisky

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

Love this stuff.

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

Amazing... And Gluten Info

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

I like this.

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

Glass of Bowmore at the bar

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

Very Bowmore

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

Nice and mild Islay

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

Perfume and ash nailed it.

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

Perfume and ash

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

Very Well Made.

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. Johnny Norfolk.

12th October 2013

Excellent - has to be the 'Rolex' of all 12 yo whiskies

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

ok, but much prefer the 15yo Darkest expression of bowmore

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

Not my favourite

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 standard, holds it's own.

My kitchen will always require a bowmore more 12!

23rd August 2013

must give it a second chance -

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

bowmore yes please

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

good, but...

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

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

Good Stuff

I must say I get great pleasure sipping on this whiskey while looking at the sun set.

20th April 2013


Very tasty Islay whisky. A wide palate and nice complexity. It's a bit underrated. A perfectly balanced dram.

10th February 2013

Best quality / price ratio

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

Very good

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

Top value

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

5 stars!

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

very good

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

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