Bowmore 12-year-old

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Stated Age
12 years old
40.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Age Statement in Square
Added on
17 Sep 2012 10:25 am

Average value

€ 39.69

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Whisky Reviews for Bowmore 12-year-old

156 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 80.38 points

  1. Slàinte Mhath scored this whisky 79 points Super Administrator

    Of all Islay distilleries, Bowmore is the oldest but arguably the most uninteresting. Their 12-year-old expression is intensely colored (E150a) and less peated than other Islay Single Malts. The nose is distinctly earthy with fresh vegetables, citrus fruits and an occasional alcoholic burn. A warming glow accompanies the arrival, while the peatiness is more restrained and yet somewhat unique. Sweet spices, dried fruits and herbal notes lead to a rather dry finish with hints of bitter chocolate. This whisky might be worth a try but it lacks intrinsic quality.

    RATING: 3.0/5.0 stars ≙ 79 pts → AVERAGE
    • Nose
      79 79
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      78 78

  2. wbarchive_875995 did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    Cool, rather delicate, with the aroma of burnt aspen wood chips, apple peel, dried fruits with pepper and black tea, taste with bitterness with nuances of bitterly burnt branches, prunes and tightly brewed tea, medium-long finish, malt-smoky with black pepper.
    Not very interesting, but honest basic malt from Bomor. Although he is only 12, but let him breathe well, the aroma is quite closed.

    RATING: 82pts - [n21, t20, f20, b21] → | 80-82: Ordinary |

  3. erwinnlim scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    This whisky has a good initial impression on the nose, but disappoints on the palate. Good entry level Islay though. Value (£25) : 8/10
    • Nose
      A light slightly medicinal peat note initially. From there some light fruits appear, citrus and pears. Some vanilla sweetness
    • Taste
      Caramel sweetness and citrus fruits with a more earthy peat note on the palate. Some pepper spice from the oak and some bitter coffee. Weaker than I would have expected from the nose
    • Finish
      A continuation of the palate, less fruity and more peat smoke.

  4. crippos scored this whisky 85 points Member Senior

    "The Mystery of Peat" could be the name of a new theology theory based upon this whisky: it's his secret and if you don't know it's there you can't feel it, but once you savored every simple element this whisky has it comes out, like a scenographer at the end of his play showing himself, doing a bow, and getting his own applause.
    • Nose
      85 85
      Malt and strong strong cider, some leather and wax - smells of "classic" and of new home furniture. Doesn't give you the feeling it needs a second thought; just takes you to your first sip. A little later some vanilla and raisins side up with the previous giants, all mixed up in a nice balance - citrus is the main character, malt is its trusty companion, the sweet notes make the surroundings.
      As I said before, medicinal smoke comes out at the end of the glass.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Medium consistency. Begins with sweet vanilla on the tip of your tongue, which then gets surrounded by woody feeling and again, strong citrus at the back of your mouth. Some chocolate also, you can feel a hint of it if you make some whisky dash on your palate. Some salty feeling at the end of the glass.
    • Finish
      82 82
      Middle length with strong wood followed by raisins and notes of vanilla, citrus, sponge cake. Some sweet flavours mix with the woody ones and give you a nice caramel. Then peat - at the end of your glass you can get it, that character has been reciting in this play for the whole time, pulling strings, exalting all the other characters...

  5. emptycask scored this whisky 80 points Expert Junior


    Medicinal at first, Citrus / Oranges, peat smoke, fennel, anise, vanilla and some ash.


    For me again the medicinal note comes first, after that its sugar sweet, with peat smoke, salmiak and licorice, in the development the citrus note comes back and there also is a little mint note.


    Not very long, and brings nothing new.

    All in all, better than expected. 
    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      76 76

  6. haubi scored this whisky 82 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      80 80
      Smoked ham
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      80 80

  7. The_Osprey scored this whisky 79 points Expert Senior

    Bowmore 12 (40%). Feb 2019 - Aroma plasticky oak, soft smoke, quite muted. Taste has some light fruits, soft smoke, salty with crunchy barley. More barley than peat. Just quite simple. (3.15/76) April 2019 - Waxy sherry dark choc reminds of bunna spirit. Much more sherry than previous batch I tried. (3.3/79)

  8. riegerjonas scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      83 83
      Smoke, light citrus notes, bread, pastries
    • Taste
      82 82
      soft, light but intense smoke, spicy wood taste, somewhat watery
    • Finish
      83 83

  9. keizerjos scored this whisky 79 points Expert Senior

    Bowmore and I are not close friends yet. Last year's 15YO boot-to-Sweden liter is a very decent Scotch - although Bob Ross Whisky - but I find this 12YO standard bottling weak, a shadow of an Islay, unconvincing and flimsy. Then we have had that. The black rock is definitely worse, I cannot emphasize that enough. There is enough variety in this one - leather, tobacco, oriental flavors - star anise and five-spice flavors - to take a pleasant sip. The price is also reasonable, but the short finish and the few memorable or special details make it a thirteen-in-a-dozen Islay. Do me an impressive Bowmore, dear friends, so that I can also cheer about this illustrious brand - for the time being it will only be a polite applause.

  10. FuturePerfect scored this whisky 83 points Expert Junior

    I don't think I have any real problems with this entry-level whisky, which is generally recommended for Islany newbies, if it had only been bottled with at least three percentage points more.
    So the beautiful Bowmore smoke does not manage to carry the whisky long enough here. There is a lack of alcohol.

    Everyone, beginners as well as advanced, is generally better advised with the 43% bottlings (Bowmore 15 or directly the 18).
    • Nose
      84 84
      Delicate smoke, light fresh sweetness
    • Taste
      83 83
      Oak slowly grows stronger and joins the smoke, but falls short of what could have been with less water.
    • Finish
      81 81
      Short and painless. Would have liked to have stayed longer.


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