Moderately gold/amber in color, Bowmore 12 offers a mild nose with a somewhat hot character. The peaty smokiness doesn’t come into play until you take a sip, and then a lush smoke rolls over you, almost characteristic of a grass fire. There’s also honey and a little lemon in the body, both of which come into play after the smoke starts to fade.
Built: 1779. Current Owner: Suntory Production Capacity: 2,00,000 liters. House style: Smoky, salty and sometimes with a perfumed character. Located in the town of the same name, on the shores of Loch Indaal. Bowmore distillery was awarded 'The Distiller of the Year Award' by the International Spirits Challenge in 2000. The spirit that flows through its stills is one of the most lightly peated of the Islay whiskies. Despite using malt with a phenol content of over 20 parts per million, the spirit can stand up well to fairly lengthy maturation in rich sherry casks and the highly sought after Black Bowmore is the perfect example of this.