Amid Islay’s wild beauty, the fierce seas and Hebridean winds, they’ve been making single malt Scotch whisky at Bowmore since 1779. Bowmore is Islay’s oldest distillery, and home to the world’s oldest whisky maturation warehouse, the No. 1 Vaults. It’s in this legendary warehouse that Bowmore whisky has been meticulously matured by their master distillers for nearly 240 years. The first recorded mention of Bowmore Distillery dates from 1779, but speak kindly to a few of the older islanders and they’ll maybe whisper a rumour or two that distilling started there some time before that. Certainly Bowmore’s founder, the merchant David Simpson, bought the land in 1766. Exactly what happened in the years in between is anyone’s guess! When it comes to whisky heritage, Bowmore Distillery is unrivalled. They continue to hand down the traditions, skills and expertise that were crafted in the earliest days of Scotch whisky.
Reflecting the essence of Bowmore – thrashing waves, windswept landscapes and generations of tradition – the 12 year old is both complex and perfectly balanced. Subtle lemon and sweet heather honey complement Bowmore’s trademark peat smoke, leading to a delicious, long and mellow finish.
Bowmore 12 Year Old has a warm amber colour. The aromas are of subtle lemon and honey, balanced beautifully by Bowmore’s trademark peaty smokiness. When you take a sip the flavours are warm and delicious on the palate with subtle dark chocolate flavours. Remember to savour Bowmore's trademark gentle peat smoke, leading to a delicious, long and mellow finish.