Bowmore 12 YO

Single Malt Whisky
40% Alcohol content


In both geography and palate, the whiskies of Bowmore are between the intense malts of the south shore and the gentlest extremes of the north. Their Character is not a compromise but an enigma, and tasters have found it difficult to unfold its complexity. The water used rises from iron-tinged rock, and picks up some peat from the earth as it flows by way of the Laggan, through moss, ferns, and rushes, to the distillery.


House Style: smoky with leafy notes (ferns?) and sea air.

Tasting Notes

Taster: Michael Jackson

Nose: Emphatic burnt grass. Peaty. Soft smokiness.


Palate: Fragrant smokiness seems to waft against an oily, earthy, background. Some seaweed. Some sherry.


Finish: Not only is the smokiness sustained all the way through, it surges in the finish. Lots of salt, too.


Comment: Glad to see a Bowmore with an age rather than a brand-name.


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