Bowmore 12 Years Old

Bowmore 12 Years Old

Whisky Review


What they say

Reflecting the essence of Bowmore – thrashing waves, windswept landscapes and generations of tradition – our 12 years old is both complex and perfectly balanced. Subtle lemon and sweet heather honey complement Bowmore’s trademark peat smoke, leading to a delicious, long and mellow finish.

Official tasting notes:

On The Eye: Warm amber

Breathe In: Subtle lemon and honey, balanced beautifully by Bowmore’s trademark peaty smokiness

Sip: Warm and delicious on the palate with subtle dark chocolate flavours

Savour: Trademark gentle peat smoke, leading to a delicious, long and mellow finish

What I say

Bowmore’s introductory age-statement at 12 Years Old, embodies the core flavours of honeyed fruit, soft peat smoke and salty coastal nature.

My tasting notes:

  • Appearance: Dark amber gold (10/20), medium-large, oily tears and medium legs.
  • Nose: Sweet and peaty, smoked, smoky sweet shop, coastal, seashore, shellfish, malty, oaky, fruity, apple medley, apricot, grapefruit, sweet lemon
  • Taste: Full bodied, rich, thick, oily palate, creamy texture, gentle smoke, creamy malt, vanilla, rich apple, pear, becomes more neutral and oaked, crisp smoked bacon.
  • Finish: long, effervescent, slightly prickly wood and peat, caramel and heather honey


Lovely, gently smoky and coastal elements with lots of honeyed soft fruits too, the perfect introduction to Bowmore’s core range.

Score 84/100

Available from Master of Malt and The Whisky Exchange

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