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Bowmore 12 Year Old

Not my favourite malt

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@MegawattReview by @Megawatt

20th Sep 2020


Bowmore 12 Year Old
  • Nose
  • Taste
  • Finish
  • Balance
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Nose: slightly sharp, fragrant smoke. Somewhat reminiscent of burnt paper. Vague, lemony sweetness underneath. A bit of black cherry.

Taste: a thin mouthfeel leads into sweetly smoky flavours. A funkiness unique to Bowmore, that burnt wood/burnt paper note. Something ever so slightly off-putting, hard to put my finger on.

Finish: Smoky dryness.

Balance: with apologies to Bowmore fans, this has never been my favourite distillery and this bottling won't change my tune. Drinkable enough, but the thin feeling of the smoke doesn't sit well with those sharp citrus flavours. Again, something is just a little bit off for my taste.

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Nozinan commented

I agree. Not even close to a favourite. The OB cask strength offers from the early part of the decade were fantastic but the regular offerings would be anaemic if they were blood.

3 years ago 0

OdysseusUnbound commented

I must be an outlier on this one. While Bowmore 12 isn't at the top of my list, it's regularly available for under $60 and I enjoy it. Now it's not like a Glenfarclas 15 or a Lagavulin 12 CS in terms of complexity, that's for sure. I'm not going to sit in a leather chair by a fireplace in my study, swirling Bowmore 12 in a brandy snifter whilst pondering over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore. But I get a sweet vanilla biscuit note in my current bottle of Bowmore 12 that ties the citrus and smoke together nicely.

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BlueNote commented

If they would just kick it up to 46%, even 43%.......... yum

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