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Bowmore 12-year-old

Overall rating
80.57/100
votes
716
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

€ 36.72

Whisky Reviews for Bowmore 12-year-old

114 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. 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

  3. KOQ24 scored this whisky 70 points Member Senior

    A fairly mediocre entry into Islay Whiskies.
    Not particularly good and not terrible.
    • Nose
      70 70
      black pepper, spicy, iodine, smoke, bacon, nutty, caramel, oak
    • Taste
      60 60
      cardboard, oak, sugar cubes, spicy, bitter, butter, licorice, caramel
    • Finish
      80 80
      smooth and short

  4. thugut71 scored this whisky 81 points Member Senior

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

  5. Tuco1972 scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      81 81

  6. punchbowl scored this whisky 82 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      83 83

  7. SilentBeing did not rate this whisky Member Senior

    Very sweet, slightly fragile, and not particularly complex or demanding whisky. Still I find it quite enjoyable when I’m in the mood for something mellow, warming and relaxing.

    Rating: Mostly harmless.
    • Nose
      Gentle, aromatic, slightly mineral peat smoke that dissipates quickly. A flowery, almost perfumery honey note. Some brown sugar. Quite a distinct note of tropical fruits, pineapple, citrus, a hint of banana.
    • Taste
      Quite sweet with vanilla, honey and tropical fruits; peach, pineapple. Only a hint of peat, but what there is melds well with the tropical fruits. Towards the finish a light peppery spiciness and a hint of liquorice.
    • Finish
      Medium long and very fruity sweet with some black pepper and liquorice in the beginning and almost no bitterness at all.

  8. wisekycourse scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    salt, dry peat, earthy taste, fruits too indented!
    too watery simply.
    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      78 78
    • Finish
      82 82
      the lack of deg. is felt, just as good as starter Islay.

  9. Marko_I did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    old: One of my standard OA favorites, if not even DER, for 12 years he feels very grown-up, clear and straightforward, elegant smoke ... delicious and bargain for under € 30. new: There is nothing to add, without direct comparison, I notice there is no change, fluctuation in the range normal Batchunterschiede, I would say.
    • Nose
      Direct comparison version until 2017 (35533) vs. new (95550):
      old: light smoke / ash, cool, flower meadow with fresh citrus notes (lots of lemon, orange, a little bit of grapefruit), I also think of a slight saltiness, with a gentle honey sweetness
      new: initially a little drier, smokey, less fruity in the glass (only the grapefruit note is a bit clearer), but within 5-10 min the differences disappear or I could not name any specific, maybe the new one will be even clearer, cleaner, is a bit more perfect in my description of the old, while in the old I find a very light dirty-organic note
    • Taste
      old: a touch of grapefruit bitterness, violets, dark chocolate, cold smoke, yummy ... if it lingers longer in the mouth, the chocolate becomes more intense and it feels slightly spicy on the tongue new: the mouthfeel is almost the same, creaminess, bitterness - feels the same, just a little bit more sharpness I find in the old one (and that only after sipping x times), also the flavor description fits 1: 1 on the new, overall, the old may seem a shade lighter / thinner, while the new dark chocolate & smoke are a bit more intense (but really minimal, only noticeable in direct comparison)
    • Finish
      both: medium-long, dry, dark chocolate, some salt and pepper, old: a bit chocolatier, new: a bit more peppery

  10. Lorion scored this whisky 70 points Expert Senior

    Somewhat smoky, but otherwise quite mild whisky. For the price okay, if you once as a beginner in the world of smoke would like to know. But that's not all. 70th

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