Bowmore 12-year-old

Overall rating
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

€ 38.33

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Whisky Reviews for Bowmore 12-year-old

125 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 80.57 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 yo | 40% | 21 + 20 + 21 + 21 = 83pts
    N: Pale aspen wood chips, light smoke, light peat, dried fruits, prunes, black tea, pepper.
    T: Vanilla, honey, pepper, hazelnuts, sherry, the bitterness of a wooden barrel.
    F: Medium length, moderately warming, soft, smoke, honey, dried fruits, sour prunes.
    B: Mild smoky sour dried fruit perfectly complement each other. Normal bowmore.

  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


    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

  5. davidloosli scored this whisky 80 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      A hint of smoke, sweet fruitiness, vanilla, sweet mint tea
    • Taste
      Smoke, peat, unfortunately a bit watery, apple, sour plum, orange, pepper
    • Finish
      Black tea, ash, dextrose, rather short and light

  6. Whisky-Fancier scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    For the price with the subtle smoke note really a good thing!
    • Nose
      87 87
      sweet, pear, subtle smoke, grapes, light wood, mango, caramel, vanilla
    • Taste
      87 87
      creamy, sweet, camp fire smoke, very well integrated, slight oak notes, at the end prickling, munndfüllend, soft
    • Finish
      84 84
      medium in mouth, sweet, oak and smoke become stronger, ashtray

  7. face scored this whisky 73 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      78 78
    • Taste
      72 72
    • Finish
      69 69

  8. Thermidor scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    The nose, palate and finish are all like a little brother to the current 15yo: there are all the same markers, but the whole isn't as sherried, and hence is missing some of the leathery and sweet notes of the 15, and there's only a trace of the 15's dominant dark chocolate note here. The bottling strength seems plain wrong. At 40 % it's too light and faint on the tongue. I like the taste, but like with the 15yo, the body is too lackluster to merit a higher score.

    Thanks to member Waykid for the sample.

  9. AlbertJohn scored this whisky 83 points Member Junior

  10. BasH_75 scored this whisky 80 points Member Senior

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


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