Agree with all the points here previously added by Harry and Lawrence, but you knew that already.
BUT must add that 2 or 3 weeks ago I sampled another Bowmore 12 OB that was fantastic, no soap, no perfume, no nothing but perfect balance, gristy dry peat and sweet malt, not even floral actually, just great. First OB EVER with no soap, cant wait to taste the 16 and it looks things are clearing up
Harry, I came to the exact same conclusion like you and must stay there as last week I sampled another 17Y old. No soap, but still way too sweet, with candy/floral sickening tones and a menthol finish. Two out of 3 people that tasted this liked it. leaving me to believe this is just Bowmore.