Bowmore 12-year-old

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Dumpy Brown Bottle - Gold label
Stated Age
12 years old
43.0 % Vol.
750 ml
Bottled for
P. Soffiantino & C., Genova, Italy
Added on
11 Apr 2009 10:26 am

Average value

€ 570.69

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290 × member ratings

369 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Bowmore 12-year-old

24 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.59 points

  1. MaltMartin scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Difficult to compare with current expressions of Bowmore. This is much more complex. Not much peat and coastal influences, but more herbal and floral. Special and very enjoyable.
    • Nose
      Fragrant. Herbal and earthy notes. Also a little metalic edge. Wet grass. Heather. Smoke at the background. Intriguing nose.
    • Taste
      Liquorice. Some sweet fruit. Later on more bitterness. A lot of flavour development.
    • Finish
      Quite dry, winey. Becomes more salty at the end.

  2. WhiskyJpg scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  3. wisekycourse scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    "old" bowmore:
    exotic sweetness on the palate: it is very fruity, very colorful, the spices are barely present.
    the fine smoke, a little salt, a little grass on the violet
    on the palate, a little disappointment, it's a little watery, the fruits yield a bit of ground, there are woods, herbs again and the smoke barely noticeable
    the finish is simple and basic considering the excellent nose.

  4. ASWhisky scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    mmh, I like them indeed
    • Nose
      sehr feine zarte Noten nach warmer Kräuterwiese und Sommererde
      im Hintergrund leicht Schokolade, eine kalte Lakritznote
      durch alles zieht sich süße reife Aprikose
      ein Hauch vom Veilchenöl aber angenehm
    • Taste
      ein kühler glatter Antritt
      Mmh sehr feine Pralinenschokolade fast eine Creme,
      leichte Bitterkeit die sich mit Rauch und feiner Früchtsüße mischt
      im Rachen bäumt er sich leicht auf… und wird dann wieder weich und subtil
    • Finish
      schokoladig weich fast wie eine Praline
      sehr edle Aprikosensüße
      dann kommt etwas Malz
      eine Prise Kräuter
      zarte Malzsüße mit kakao
      Salz mischt sich unter
      es wird maritim

  5. WhiskyCasual scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Great nose with impressions of grain, a hint of passion fruit, vanilla and apricots. I would have guessed neither Bowmore nor Islay here ..
    Unfortunately, the mouth and finish become a bit flatter, the wood fire ash comes late
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  6. Kensay did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    it seems that you can catch something, but the general impression suggests that my sample from a bottle with not the best preservation, unfortunately. There is no point in giving grades
    • Nose
      old musty cellar, some perfume, light sweet smoke and a drop of iodine
    • Taste
      ripe exotic fruit in oil, mango
    • Finish
      a little perfume, citrus zest and wood

  7. sphinx scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

  8. DenisLeonov did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Balance? Considering a spoiled nose? I don’t know ... no evaluation ... what a bad luck ???????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????
    In the meantime, there is no need to know about it. ”
    • Nose
      Mushroom broth, dead mice, glue and rotten vegetables ... a blender glass does not fit (it conveys the unpleasant notes of an old bottle too much) ... after standing it got better, fruits and damp earth and old machine oil appeared ...
    • Taste
      Fruit, ash, oil and citrus
    • Finish
      Spicy finish, citrus and wax, wood ... burnt match, salt

  9. St. Pauli scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    A superb nose, at a level that can't be met in the palate, and to a lesser extent the finish. Nevertheless it it a classical Bowmore from the '70s (distillate), which is a sign of quality. 
    • Nose
      The nose is so delicate, what a surprise. It has a dirty side of gasoline and various oil products, but it's also fresh and fruity on apple and rhubarb. Gradually, licorice root and heather come into play, with chamomile tea. Then, coconut shaving, salty air and breakfast cereal. 
    • Taste
      Oily and delicate, not overpowering. The earthy and dirty side is less present, but still there. Fruity melon enters, together with apple juice and vanilla. Herbal tea complements the palate. 
    • Finish
      A bit earthier and a tad sooty, with more saline peat influence. Further: licorice allsorts, melon, allspice and herbal tea. 

  10. Ra_Di scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90


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