Perhaps the floral/fruit notes may be more apparent if you compare them A-B style with neighbouring or comparable malts.
For example, compare the Bowmore against a Caol Ila and one should (hopefully!) seem more floral or fruitier than the other.
At a separate tasting held about three weeks ago, we featured the Bowmore OB 12yo. I don't have my notes handy, but I recall words such as "roses" and "lavender" being suggested by others around the table. I also recall noting something melon-ish, i.e. canteloupe or honey-dew melon. This probably all seems a bit strange when we consider this is an Islay malt, but I think that it demonstrates (i) why Bowmore is such a beautiful malt, and (ii) bubblegum still isn't a bad descriptor!
Let us know how the second round goes once your tastebuds get to join in too!
As for Mr Bond....
I am pleasantly surprised to see Admiral browse through this thread!
What.....you missed me??!
Cheers to all,