Tasting Review: Bowmore 12yo

hamish head with borderHamish's hints on Bowmore 12yo- What's it like?


"As you know, whisky is my life, is my passion. It has to be when you are stuck outside a shop, forced to watch nothing but gorgeous lovely whisky pass you by day after day after day…….

Not that I’m complaining mind. Because I can’t. Because I’m made of wood, and my mouth doesn’t move.

For that same reason I’m also a man of very few words. And that was a wee worry for me when it came to my whisky reviews. Until I got some great advice from my new buddy Rob ‘The’ Bruce. Or as I like to call him Bobby the Blogger (and sometimes Blobby the Blogger which he really hates!).

He said that being a man of few words was an advantage in this modern age. Less is more. Short is sweet. Concise is cool. Which I was delighted to hear….if I could hear that is…….wooden ears you see, like a wooden mouth - You get the picture!
Anyway, welcome to Hamish’s Hints, my series of regular whisky reviews made for the modern whisky lover and those new to this amazing and wondrous world (where life size wooden statues can talk, taste and provide drinking tips it seems!) 



Screen Shot 2015-07-08 At 15.41.35Bowmore 12 Year Old


The beating heart of the Bowmore range which is distilled on Islay, the Scottish West coast island famed for its peated malts.

The Serve: Quality clean box promoting the fact Bowmore was the first ever distillery on the island. Good for gifting. Very traditional bottle and label. The liquid itself is like flawless amber.

The Smell: Smokey. Then more smoke, cut through with citrus. I would imagine this is how an orange or lemon would smell after being barbecued.

The Sip: Honey and peat, with a wee zesty zing, leads to a sweet and smoky taste sensation that stays with you long after you swallow. Add a drop of water, nothing else, and you won’t go far wrong with this classic.



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