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Bowmore 12 Year Old Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml)

SKU #620045 91 points Whisky Advocate

Outer quote mark A great introduction to Bowmore’s single malts, and one of the best 12 year old single malt scotches around. The nose offers tropical fruit, sweet smoke, a hint of brine, new leather, and floral notes. Peaches, honey, vanilla, and more full-on smoke on the rounded palate. Brine, cocoa powder, citrus fruits, and fading woodsmoke in the finish. (GS, Spring 2020) Inner quote mark

91 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark Perfect for peat-lovers: This burnished gold single malt leads with peat smoke on nose and palate, though it’s laced with mellow hints of honey, ginger and clove sweet heat, finishing long and drying with—you guessed it, plenty of peat. (KN) Inner quote mark (12/2019)

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
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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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