Bowmore 12 is 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.
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. Seaspray, dry grass, a touch of ash and citrus.
Overall: Classic stuff and the heart of the Bowmore range. Smoky, fruity, coastal, delicious.
Awards for Bowmore 12
Gold – Scotch Single Malt – Islay – 2013 – International Wine & Spirit Competition
Gold – Single Malt Scotch – to 12 Yrs – 2013 – San Francisco World Spirits Competition
Silver Outstanding – Scotch Single Malt – Islay – 2017 – International Wine & Spirit Competition
Silver Outstanding – Scotch Single Malt – Islay – 2014 – International Wine & Spirit Competition
What some of our whisky enthusiast friends have said about Bowmore 12
Quote 1 “OK, here goes… As a big fan of peated, smoky scotch whisky, I find this to be an excellent dram AND excellent value. Bowmore 12 is a fantastic way to introduce those with a shy palate to peated single malt. Overall a smooth whisky with mild smoky peat flavour, its great neat and also really good with soda or mixed into a Rusty Nail. I would take this over a Glenfiddich 12 or Glenlivet 12 any day!
Quote 2 “Very enjoyable and easy drinking. To me, it feels like a bit of a cross between a sweeter Highland style and an Islay. Well balanced. Would be so much better bottled a few extra percent higher. But you know what I found is a nice trick: Throw a few drops of something massive like Ardbeg Uigeadail into your glass along with the Bowmore to make your own blend, you end up with something very complex yet super drinkable. I never tried this before I came to China and was introduced to Oak and Barley, but now I love it“
Quote 3 “I’m a fan of many of the classic Islay whiskeys-in the below $150 range. Bowmore strikes me as a terrific bargain. Granted, not for the intense peat appreciator, this whiskey is balanced, flavorful, not simple-minded and eminently drinkable. I’m amazed at the harsh reviews. I’m not a novice to good whiskey; Bowmore will become standard fare.”