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Bowmore 12 Year Old

(70cl, 40%)

Bowmore 12 Year Old
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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.

Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt

Nose: Coastal smoke and ash soon make way for bergamot, orange zest, lemon slices and some hay before becoming rather floral, heather smoke now competing with the ash.

Palate: Lovely and rounded, honeyed even, initially. Vanilla, perfumed smoke and coastal elements develop. Dark Peat. Blossom, oily sweetness.

Finish: Smoky and long. Sea spray, dry grass, a touch of ash and citrus.

Overall: Classic stuff and the heart of the Bowmore range. Smoky, fruity, coastal, delicious.

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User Reviews of the Bowmore 12 Year Old

Burnt plastic.

Along with Johnnie Walker Red Label, the two worst whiskies I've ever had.
Tastes of burnt plastic, horrible stuff.

I'm guessing these peaty whiskies are an acquired taste. Certainly not for me.

18th April 2017

Peaty Delight

Received this bottle as a gift. Now... it is my favourite Scotch. Slight medicinal flavour typical of Isley Scotch. Sweet apples and caramel notes with a complexity of much more expensive single malts from the region. Caoll ila meets Highland Park here. Awesome dram.

5th April 2017

Splendid with a little splash

This is really is a delicious single malt. Flavors of woody toasted oak with a subtle infusion of peat. Fresh fruit and marzipan in the background are noteworthy. May not be the right for those who dislike a quality peated dram with a rubbery note. They should stick to sweeter, less complex whisky which they can enjoy like a fine port and avoid upset tummies. Cheers!

5th April 2017

Daily drinker, full of flavor

Really good Isley - lots of depth, smoke and peat. Daily drinker for sure!

24th March 2017

Something has burnt...

Very weird tasting single malt.
I feel like I just tried to chew burned rubber soaked in iodine, seriously! Very unique and unforgettable experience, in a negative way. Won't buy this again

8th March 2017

Worth it

A staple in the cabinet. Can be enjoyed by those who are not peat fans. Has a fantastic maritime taste. Sea spray, honey and vanilla with a small peat heat finish. Would definitely recommend but would value the whisky at £25.

4th February 2017

A Pleasant Peaty Malt

Nice beginning and nice finish. No overwhelming smoke or iodine. Long finish. At 40%, a bit thin so avoid water.

17th December 2016


Before drinking this whisky, I didn't really like whisky. Now, I do !!

2nd October 2016


The whiskey that was used to launch of Carrier Queen Elizabeth in 04JUL 2014.

14th June 2016

Very pleased

I'm on a quest to find a peaty Scotch that I enjoy, and this was a wonderful experience. The mild peaty smokiness provides a perfect finish. Will absolutely drink again.

22nd May 2016

I like it

Very pleasantly surprised by this one. I initially bypassed it, choosing numerous other malts, even though it was lower priced and readily available. After I finally got to taste it, I took to it right away. I really like the nose and it has a nicely balanced and interesting mixture of flavours, from arrival through the to the finish. It just so happens to have the right combination for me and Ì
I have since gone back for a second and third bottle. I have Ardbeg, Laphroig, Abelour, Benromach, and other single malts in my collection but, with its lower price and lower pedigree, Bowmore 12 is my favourite. I hope it can maintain its quality and price. If you like a bit of smoke with honey-vanilla and zest, give it a try. It might be the one for you. (PEI Canada)

13th May 2016

Nothing special. Save your money.

The price does not justify this whisky.

8th April 2016

Worth it

My first smokie. First taste confused me a bit but after 2-3 glasses, understood what it was about. After experimenting a bit with other smokies beyond its price range, I decided that this was the thing for me. The only whiskey I buy from duty frees when I'm on the road.

8th April 2016

Love it!

This is one of the best smokies I've tried in it's price range. It's complex in how the flavours unfold and release on the palette... smooth (amber) followed by sweet heather honey complimented by a slight citrus zing then a peaty smokiness that doesn't steal form the prior. The key though is how wonderfully balanced all the notes work together. The overall tone feels deep and complex, just an absolute magical pleasure to drink. I must admit, I have bias to the notes in this one which is in partly why I love it so much, but the overall balanced and complex nature to which it delivers to the palette really brings it home as an absolute winner for me. Really is a love and for any whisky drinker who loves a smoky where the smoke doest steal the show but works in balanced accompaniment with the rest of the notes, it's must try!

29th February 2016

Phenomenal batch

I've drank Bowmore 12 over the course of the last 18 years. Back in the days when Jim McEwan was in charge, (releases from 12 years and over) it was different, more salty, briny, pungent (and it was also different before him). I've had amazing Bowmore 12, 15, 18, I've had pretty normal ones. Then, tonight, I went to the liquor store to buy a bourbon and left with a Bowmore 12, which was on sale. Tell me about incentives. I thought "Oh well, it's going to be ok." But no, I was simply amazed by the highest quality of this batch: dark honey, citrus notes, long with lingering peat smoke, ash, heather, oak, sea salt, leather after-taste, I was like "Wow, WTF did happen with this new batch?" Then I went to read a few comments here to see if there would be such delights recently online, but no. When you read through the comments, some say it's great, some say it's disappointing. I think it's the problem with the "whole" whisky industry: drinkers are not educated to learn batches differ (sometimes greatly) from one another. This is not beer, vodka or gin, this is whisky. No two barrels are alike, the climate changes from year to year, the position of the barrel in the warehouse will influence the taste of whisky, etc. Bottomline: You can't replicate the same exact taste over and over again. Impossible. Yet, we live in a marketing world where folks believe they will get the exact same tasting profile from bottling of different years. This is insanity, ignorance. Look at older pre-1990's Macallan's, long, luxurious, then 2000's were more disappointing, then today they've dropped altogether the age statement and surf on the brand's reputation and they are tripling production. Think whisky taste the same year over year? Think again, you might fall on a stellar batch, like you might fall on a disappointing batch. Like wine or anything vintage, give it a try year over year, you never know. Stuff gets better, stuff gets worse. Unfortunately, we live in the dark ages when it comes to whisky, I don't know which batch of Bowmore 12 I'm drinking tonight, but it's downright amazing, better than the ones I've had last year or before. Eddie MacAffer, current master distiller, is retiring soon (after over 30 years working at the distillery) and expect more change in the taste of Bowmore in the years to come, like any other whisky brands. In the end, tonight, right here, right now, regardless of the low price I've paid, the complexity and balance found here is phenomenal.

20th February 2016

First Islay...

I didn't give a rating because this is my first experience with an Islay. I'm more of a Bourbon fan but I do enjoy single malts...typically those that are finished. I read quite a few posts about which Islay to try first so I wouldn't be consumed by smoke. I'd have to say that this was a great starting point. The smoke/ash is there but it's definitely not overpowering and once I got used to it, I was able to grab some citrus notes. Palate was quite similar to the nose...citrus with a salty smoked ham note. The finish was warm and nice and long. I'm intrigued and will continue to taste this whisky.

16th February 2016


Newer releases are losing the cloying speyside garishness that spoiled them for the past six or so years. They seem to be harkening back to Bowmores old glory somewhat. More smoke and more complexity is what this OB needs,along with three percent more umph. 40 percent makes it a bit flat and simple if you ask me.

15th February 2016

Best Whisky I Ever Drank

My girlfriend bought me a bottle of Glenfiddich and a bottle of Bowmore 12 for Christmas. At first, I thought smoky whiskies weren't my thing, but I was wrong! Although I do not know much about whisky yet, I must say that the Bowmore 12 is the best whisky I have ever drank. I love the sweet and smoky side of this whisky. I can't wait to be done drinking my bottle of Glenfiddich 12 to concentrate a bit more on the Bowmore!

13th February 2016

The Peat! Ah, the peat.

I really like this. New to whiskey tastes. I love [gin] from Islay, The Botanist, and saw this option from Islay. I love Knappogue, from Ireland and this is completely different. I do taste peat with sone floral notes and a bit of bite. Wish bartenders would understand what a really warm glass does to open up these beautiful notes.

8th February 2016

Excellent balance

Lots of subtle flavours combining with enough peat to create a very well-balanced and enjoyable dram. Would buy again.

21st January 2016

Well Rounded

Nose presents a burst of Islay sea breeze and iodine overtones. Not as much citrus fruit and honey as described by the distiller's notes on the box, although such flavours become somewhat noticeable towards the throat. The palate moves away from an initial saltiness towards a honeyed floral state. The whisky then transitions into a long smooth delightfully peaty finish. Overall good value, but not peaty enough for those who enough far more phenolic drams such as Laphroaig and Caol Ila.

17th January 2016

Bowmore 12

Compared to the 18 year this is a little bit rough but for the price? Yes please!
I've tasted both 12 year, 15 darkest and the 18 year old. This dram takes the 2nd place.

5th January 2016


Great wee dram! Could take on any other single malt from Islay... Love how it moves from sweet to smoke.

1st January 2016

Can't make up its mind

For me, the Bowmore 12 doesn't seem to be able to make up its mind what it wants to be. It doesn't know if it wants to be a peaty Islay or a Speyside. If it were more lightly peated, the sweet, honeyed citrus notes wouldn't be overshadowed, and if it were more highly peated, the background sweetness would be a nicer contrast. Nest time I want some of this I'll mix a little Glenlivet 12 with some Laph 10.

26th December 2015

Very disappointing

Big disappointment.
Not really smokey or peaty. Nose very sweet reminding low quality spirits - honey?maybe. somebody said paraffin? Palate is were the peat and smoke comes in but it is overwhelmed by the excessive sweetnesess. Very lite and fast vanishing finish.
I completely disliked this whiskey especially the nose. I actually tried to sip it with my nose closed.
As I wright this I switched to laphroig 10 and my god, these two dwell in different universes I honestly do not understand how someone can mention them in the same sentence.

25th December 2015

Used to be much better.

This dram was one of the best about 3-4 years ago ... what happened? It used to have a super long iodine finish ... now it is just average ... something has changed. Bowmore better get this sorted ... loyal customers are noticing.

23rd December 2015


Just doesn't compare to a typical Islay. Less of everything. Sadly. Likely makes a good introduction to Islay, but why not just jump into the pool?

11th December 2015

Definitely interesting

This one is a bit hard for me to pin down. It's got a bonfire nose and initial taste, but that quickly fades into a smoother, only somewhat smokey but overall pleasant finish. The less time between sips the quicker this occurs. It's a fun one, but I don't know that I'll be buying another bottle any time soon.

4th December 2015

Sorcery and alchemy

I can't figure this whisky out. On my first pour, I would have described the flavor as "stagnant seawater and varnish, with an overpowering hint of sweatsock." I am a fan of Islay Whisky, but I put this bottle away and vowed not to allow it near my lips again.
A few short weeks later, I was persuaded to try it again. The second tasting was completely different - a balanced honey sweetness, a bit oily but not unpleasant, and that lovely smoky finish.
A third taste, and even more new flavors were in the mix - butterscotch and citrus - and oddly, the "sweatsock" was back again, too, although not as overpowering.
Tasted again, and salty and sweet flavors come to the fore, followed by smoke.

This bottle of Bowmore 12 YO may be the most mystifying and thoroughly entertaining bottle of whisky I've ever had.

25th November 2015

My new favorite

Discovered Islay single malts about a year ago. Absolutely love the Bowmore 12. 2 oz every night whether I need it or not, with a small splash of water. Dave in Nova Scotia

22nd November 2015

Smoked apple juice

Smoked apple juice theme seems to be Bowmore trademark. Too light on palate and seriously underpowered at 40 %. I like Islay malts, but this one doesn't impress me.

15th September 2015

Great Islay, best for price

If this was from a fancy name distillery, it would be rated much higher. Maybe some of the fancier name products are better. Maybe. But almost certainly not for the price.

20th August 2015

Tastes more like parrafin to me!!!

I usually like whiskey but this brand is terrible!!! I have asked my husband wether it could be a bad batch!!!!

19th June 2015

Balanced and well priced - Beautiful

What I most like about this whisky is the quality of the spirit. Beneath the soft smoke you have the perfect coastal whisky (briney, citrusy, salty) with the addition of some sherry character. Nice and long ending, no bitterness. I would love to find a whisky like this but without smoke. I tried Old Pulteney and I like it but its different.

I know Bowmore did get a good amount of flak in the past for uneven quality but I find this one superb for the price.

9th June 2015

tasting notes are spot on

No water, just neat. I like bestbthatvthere is no 2nd flavor sm like this.

5th May 2015

Great buy

So I bought this at my local liquor store the other day because they had run out of port charlotte and actually turned out to be a good buy. not as smoky as id hoped but still satisfies my need for peat with some nice honey citrus and vanilla notes as well as has that sea salt I love. All in all not bad would probably buy this again once I have tried everything I can.

21st April 2015

Nice for beginners

This is a Islay scotch that isn't quite an Islay scotch... It's not that peaty, it's rather sweet and it's surprisingly smooth at 40%, in fact, it's too smooth. So don't add water, it will kill your drink. Nose is a bit smokey, a pit peat,a bit citric too. Mouthfeel is very silky, it misses punch a bit, smoke, salt, lemon is there. I recon this is a good one to use at a (beginners) tasting event and put it after the Speysides but before the big Islay guns. Finish is rather short, but pretty ok for a young one. It's no match for the almost double priced 15 yo Bowmore, but at this price range this is a top ten finish.

28th February 2015

Best smokey scotch for the price.

You like smoke and peat? This one is really good. No medicinal note, small hint of fruit. Bold and smoky scotch. One of my favorite, right behind Lagavulin 12.

23rd February 2015

Its good

I have had the Bowmore 12, 15 and 18 and they are all good. Laphroaig or a Lagavulin good? No of course not. But this is definitely an Islay Single Malt you should have if you like Peated Whisky. I actually like Bowmore 12 quite a lot and for the price it is well worth it. Where I live Laphroaig Quarter Cask is ten dollars more expensive and 6 out of 10 times I would go with Laphroaig...but that still means that 4 out of 10 times I would get Bowmore.

19th February 2015

Best Islay Buy?

I hadn't had this malt in my cupboard for a while so I thought it was time for a re-acquaintance - and I'm really glad I did. I really enjoyed the more subtle fruit and smokiness than some other more heavily peated Islay malts I've been drinking lately AND there was a lovely floral note in the finish - something like lavender or the old parma violets taste - if that makes sense. Also, at just under £30 for a 12y0 Islay - is this the best Islay buy? The only thing that would improve it is if it were a higher proof and non-chillfiltered - but then, of course, the cost would go up.

18th February 2015

Not a Favorite Islay

I should acknowledge for those that may not know, that Bunnahabhain is the exception to the rule for the traditionally peated Islay whiskies.

16th February 2015

Not a Favorite Islay

Smooth, sweet, and a touch of peat. I enjoy 'coastal' notes - salt and cold smoke - but the complex nose and the smooth palate weren't enough to overcome the underlying base of a lingering antiseptic / iodine taste and smell. I enjoyed sampling this and will try the Bowmore 15 next, but for now if I want a 12 year Islay, its got to be Bunnahabhain!

13th February 2015

Not a huge fan

Love Laphroaig, Ardbeg, Caol Ila, and Lagavulin. Bowmore 12? No so much. I couldn't believe how quickly the taste fades from the tongue. If you love a peaty Islay, skip Bowmore and stick with the Islay powerhouses.

3rd February 2015

dont miss out because its not a showbiz whisky

Id agree with the commenter who talks about blind tasting. I bought a bottle of bowmore mainly so i could complete my sampling of all Islay distilleries, it was bottom of the list and almost felt like i was buying it for the sake of it. I was surprised from the first whiff of the nose. Im pretty sure if this were from one of the big name distilleries everyone would claim it was the finest scotch you could get. Wonderful, well balanced, consistent and with a really solid offering from nose right through to the excellent finish. Delicious indeed a must try in my book

8th January 2015

Great Value

As other reviewers have said, Bowmore 12 Year Old offers one of the best values on the market. Gentle smoke and peat and a whiff of fresh sea air, honey, and vanilla flavours make for a very pleasant dram. There is also a slight metallic taste that, for me, is oddly appealing (it's rather subtle). I am from a coastal region of Canada but have been living far, far away from the ocean for several years now, and this drink always brings me home.

4th January 2015

Standard for the sport

This is my go to dram.Having often been enticed by the charms of others,I find myself frequently returning to that warm enbrace of a slightly hefty,buxome well known friend. Enjoy.

3rd January 2015

Very Good

I love Scotch and I have almost 20 bottles in my collection. I especially enjoy the Islay Scotchs and so I thought I would buy a bottle of Bowmore. I was pleasantly surprised how smooth this smokey whiskey was. The peat levels are around 25 ppm, thus I could definitely taste the peat. I invited some scotch friends over to take a blind taste test of some of my scotchs to see everyone's favorite. In the taste test was Laphroig 10, Highland Park 12, Talisker 10, Ardbeg 10, Ardmore, Macallan 12, Johnny Walker Double Black, and Oban. Everyone had Bowmore in the top 3 of these powerhouse scotchs. I then showed them that Bowmore was one of the least expensive ones of the bunch. It then started to taste better.

27th December 2014

Special Treat

My December 5 advent calendar dram. What a great treat. One of my all time favorites from the Islands. Lovely smoke flavor.

6th December 2014

Smoke gets in your eyes

Day 5 of the Advent calendar and we get the first properly peaty single. On the nose it's strong peat and woodsmoke, with an undercurrent of something almost antiseptic but some sweetness and fruit as well.

I'm not a fan of peat and this is about as much as I want in a whisky. However although only the standard 40% it lacks smoothness and feels much stronger and very raw.

In the mouth the peat and smoke continue but struggle to get past the alcohol. When it does die down the it blends into leather and there is an acrid tail reminiscent of TCP antiseptic again. A splash of water helps calm the alcohol but leaves the same acrid tail.

Peat lovers will probably like it a lot more than I do. It hasn't converted me I'm afraid.

5th December 2014

Gluten Free

Someone was asking about wether this is Gluten free. Yes it is. Anything that is distilled such as whisky, despite being made from grain destroys the protein that affects us so you are safe to drink and enjoy! I just wish real ale was too!

5th December 2014


Good value. Smokey but not excessively so. A distinct metallic taste from the geology of the water source to the the distillery. Worth a try.

5th December 2014

Quite smooth

Tried this a few weeks ago , Quite smooth for a single malt,Peppery taste, slightly citrusy, Get a sense of honey as well,Perfect for the winter sat round the fire with a cuban cigar

5th December 2014

Very surprised

I have never been a scotch\whiskey drinker. (I do like a good tequila, like Don Julio 1942) but all beer and wine for me…I am really a huge wine fan…but looking to try new things. Store was having a sale and I picked this bottle up. Very delicious. Just had it neat. The nose was quite powerful at first, but it was so smooth and tasty. Surprised how much the nose and the flavor are different to me. This bottle may have just made me become a scotch drinker too.

4th December 2014

smoke gets in your eyes.

If you're heavily into Smokey whisky (and I mean heavily) this might be up your alley. I found it quite overpowering but mellows slightly with a wee drop of water.

3rd December 2014

Good but not great.

I'm a Highland Park 12 lover and the store I visited (out or town) did not have the HP, so I thought I would try this. Always wanted to try the Bowmore 12. Well, it's good, but not great. I enjoy it, but don't love it. As one reviewer said, if you're looking for something to spend the evening with, its uneventful.
Still . . . a good whisky for the money.

3rd November 2014

second favorite Islay

Very good but only second to Lagavulin 16 years old for me. Smooth for a single malt.

23rd October 2014

Deserves more stars

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

Duke, Earl, General Admiral ...

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

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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