Scotch - Single Malt

Bowmore 12yr Old Islay Single Malt Whisky

From: Islands, Scotland Liquor Review Category: Single Malt Scotch

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This is a Tier 2 score in the Whiskey category. It means critics have highly recommended the spirit as a benchmark in the category.
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Proof66 Notes

The Bowmore 12yr is the flagship product and recognized for its distinctive Islay peat. It is bottled at the minimum of 80 proof, slightly lower than many single malts at 86. We take this to mean it will have a less biting, robust flavor profile.

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This bottle has 5 ratings and 5 reviews.
Shmotch Shmotch (83)
Rating: 4.0 (2016-11-04)[Updated Review]
Modestly priced Islay malt. Nice light peat flavor without succumbing to too much smoke. Quite smooth, nice caramel notes, although I detect a very slight medicinal taste in the finish. I recommend a Laphroiag 10 or Caol Ila 12 if you are looking to get into the Islay peat.
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Shmotch (2016-05-29):
I agree it's not in the realm of the peat titans like and erg or

Shmotch (2016-05-29):
FFS I can't edit a comment?

Shmotch (2016-05-29):
What I was going to say was, yes I agree, not a peat monster like ardbeg or laphroiag, but certainly a peat beastie, perhaps closer to caol illa in peat spectrum

Cranecreek Cranecreek (222)
Rating: 3.0 (2016-10-16)
A fairly rounded tasting scotch with nothing really standing out for me. Not as floral as some I have had which I like. I actually bought it to determine what amount of Peat I am looking for in a scotch. Now I liked the amount in the Irish Connemara whiskey I tried at about the same time but I found this Bowmore to be my upper limit. I would rather the Peat be a supporting character in a whisky and not steal the show.
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KaiserSoze (2017-01-09):
I know you’ve mentioned a few times you’re interest in trying Talisker. While I’ve not had Bowmore 12 (it’s on my list to try), I worry you may not like, or be disappointed in the Talisker - based on your experience with the Bowmore. Talisker is not heavily peated and smoky like others, but the peat/smoke is definitely there. I myself, find it to be a well crafted & complex whisky, but it’s not for everyone. If you can find it in a bar, give it a try. That way, you won’t be sinking $60-$70 into a full bottle. It you’re looking to try other single malts, I’d recommend Glenmorangie 10 or Highland Park 12. The prices are fairly reasonable (for single malts) and I think you’d find them both quite approachable without being boring. Good luck! Cheers!

Cranecreek (2017-01-09):
Thanks KS for your thoughts-Although I don't mind the peated whiskys I can find it overdone. Like you say talisker may be over the top for me. Glenmoragie would be out because I dislike a too "floral" aspect in some scotch and that seens to be based on that. Like sticking your head into a Lilac bush. But the Highland Park may be just the ticket for me-and sometime this spring-summer will try it. For now my Elmer T.L. and OGD 114 will get me through the snow. Not much in the way of "bourbon bars" here in the midst of the Northwoods of Wi.

Phizbin Phizbin (369)
Rating: 4.0 (2013-08-10)
This is an amazingly drinkable Islay. Its beautiful. The peat is there in all its glory but it doesnt beat you up every second of the sip. Some islays ate like being in single combat with your drink. Not this. Exceptional value for the price.
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krashenberne krashenberne (11)
Rating: 3.0 (2013-01-12)
I agree with the previous assessment. Nothing special here
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magezi magezi (69)
Rating: 4.0 (2012-03-08)
Not your typical peaty Islay monster (or peaty monster Islay). There is little bit peat and coastal aroma, but overall it's more like round easy going whisky. It's ok, but nothing special.
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