Bowmore 12 Year
Peated Single Malt — Islay, Scotland
Reviewed July 15, 2017
This seems to be what Jura Superstition wants to be, that is not a compliment. The nose has a smokey peat smell, very subdued, but not unpleasant. I also get what Jim Murray describes as a Fisherman's Friend cough drop smell. There is slight apple and pear, and underlying all of this is the smell of barley porridge. It is a sweet nose, much like a more balanced, toned-down Jura Superstition. The first hit on the palate is smoke, but more like smoke from a grass fire, not peaty. There is salt, but no brine, not maritime at all, just too much salt. As you swish it around your mouth there comes oak and barley, nice actually. The finish is fairly long, smokey and the exact same taste after you have finished a Fisherman's Friend, very nice, and the best part of this whisky. Sad to think the best part of a whisky is when it's finished. This is not a terrible whisky, but to me it feels like someone with a basic knowledge of an Islay whisky described what it should taste like to a Master Distiller, who then tried to put all the various elements together and didn't quite get it right. I will share this with my friends who enjoy a whisky now and then, but are not real enthusiasts. I don't think this is a good entry into Islay whiskies, it gives a false impression of how a peated maritime whisky tastes. My feeling is if you like Lagavulin 16 the first time you taste it, you're hooked. If you don't like it, head inland. Note: This whisky contains E150 coloring.
Definitely, exploring the different core releases from all the distilleries is the fun. I will absolutely try the Caol Ila 12.
Bowmore 12: one of the most boring Islay's I have had so far. Caol Ila 12: my malt of the year 2016 and one of the best Islay's in terms of value for money. Give it a try!
Me too! Preferably walking distance to Ardbeg or Lagavulin
Ha! You and me both, buddy.
No, but after reading the comments for Caol Ila 12, I was afraid it would be similar to the Bowmore 12. I plan to retire to the Kildalton coast and pull a Nicloas Cage in Leaving Las Vegas.
Thanks, good review. Have you tried Caol Ila 12? I also had the same sense -- it's a respectable drink, but it's missing the magic of the Ardbeg/Lagavulin/Laphroaig trio.