Bowmore 12 year old Islay Single Malt Whisky (750ml)

SKU #620045 Wine Enthusiast

 It’s a refreshing change of pace to see an Islay Scotch that’s not teeming with peatiness. Instead, this honey-colored spirit offers a well-balanced mix of smoke and caramel, with a malty, cookie-dough sweetness in the background, finishing with allspice and caramel. Most of the smoke is on the nose, and the distiller’s tasting notes advise: “to fully enjoy the aroma, savour it outside in the fresh air.”  (12/2011)

K&L Notes

The distillery is located in the capital of Islay on the shores of Loch Indaal. Founded in 1779 it is the oldest on this majestic and windswept island. It is one of an ever-decreasing handful of distilleries that still produce their own floor-malted barley. The company, now owned by the Japanese distilling giant Suntory, donated their No.3 warehouse to the community for a swimming pool, with the water heated by the distillation process. Dive headfirst into a nip of this rich and sumptuous whisky. The 12 year old is a classic and should not be passed up at this outstanding price! 40% ABV.

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By: James Knight | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/5/2015 | Send Email
I'm pretty pleased with the standard Bowmore 12, in fact, just a little beyond expectations, for the price. I have to agree with Enthusiast's mention of the cookie dough in the background, but there's also a bit of wet plaster, rancio and roasted walnut lurking--a hint of some of the older, single barrel expressions. It's drier and less "maritime" than Talisker 10, and the peat is more ashy like an Ardmore Traditional Cask or Lagavulin 16. A nice cabinet standby, or at least a reference point.

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Varietal:

Malt

Country:

Scotland

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Alcohol Content (%): 40