Interesting impressions, particularly since most (other) people commenting on Bowmore have described the nose as being unpleasant and the palate bearable. Your take on it seems to be the other way around!
I find the Islay wood finishes interesting, because the influence of the finishing cask has to overcome, or at least combat, the peat. A light speysider will reveal (say) the finishing wine far more easily than a peaty Islay.
I tried the Dawn recently, and thought the nose was quite petrol-like. But the palate was absolutely delicious! A roasting burn of sweet peat, and a delicious drop.