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Bowmore 12-year-old

Overall rating
80.62/100
votes
802
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Stated Age
12 years old
Strength
40.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Label
Age Statement in Square
Barcode
5010496080818
Added on
17 Sep 2012 10:05 am
ColoredChillfiltered

Average value

€ 37,59

35 × in wishlist

802 × member ratings

2167 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Bowmore 12-year-old

122 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 80.62 points

  1. Slàinte Mhath scored this whisky 79 points 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. Misery scored this whisky 83 points Member Senior

    `Bowmore 12/40%`
    The aroma of burnt aspen wood chips, light smoke, light peat, dried fruits, prunes, black tea, pepper. In the taste all components of Ayla in light version, vanilla, honey, pepper, hazelnuts, sherry, the bitterness of a wooden barrel. The finish is medium length, moderately warming, soft, smoke, honey, dried fruits, sour prunes.

    Soft smoky sour dried fruit perfectly complement each other. From Ayla always expect a kind of aggressive pressure and character. This drink is simple and light, but this is its charm. Unlike Ayla’s “heavy artillery,” there is no chemical smoke-ointment attack, and the smoke and peat are so soft and woody. I was quite pleased with myself, but it is better to add a little and buy already 15 pieces, which will be two heads taller.
    `Score 83`
    © belwhisky.club

  3. crippos scored this whisky 85 points Member Junior

    "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...

  4. emptycask scored this whisky 80 points Expert Junior

    Nose:

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

    Taste:

    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.

    Finish:

    Not very long, and brings nothing new.

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

  5. AlbertJohn scored this whisky 83 points Member Junior

  6. bas_haasnoot scored this whisky 80 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      79 79

  7. Dimitri Hillewaert scored this whisky 85 points Member Senior

    Not bad for their standard expression, but it lacks depth and originality
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  8. Expraesi scored this whisky 83 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      82 82
      Light smoke, honey sweetness and citrus flavors.
    • Taste
      84 84
      Mild, balance between smoke, spiciness and sweetness.
    • Finish
      84 84
      Medium length: The oak and spicy oak dominate the oak.

  9. whiskyd scored this whisky 76 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      78 78
    • Taste
      75 75
    • Finish
      75 75

  10. Stanzeflasche scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    The nose is a subtle balance between oak, smoke, peat and lemon. We feel a slight hint of bousin in the background, but it is mitigated by some white fruits.
    In the mouth, oak, and a little lemon. The peat is discreet.
    The finish is a bit bitter, we think of olives, a little coarse salt, a hint of caramel. It is not very long in the mouth.
    It's stronger than the Legend, but less peaty, less brutal, less original. It's the tamed Legend of sorts.
    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      81 81

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