Bowmore's Small Batch Reserve is matured in first and second fill ex bourbon casks, resulting in a sweet, spicy and smoky whisky. This is a lighter example of Bowmore and an excellent starting point for Islay whiskies.
Nose: floral violets and candlewax, a hint of pot pourri/air freshener (but not enough to put me off), window putty, sour tropical fruit, light muddy peat and a hint of pine needles.
Palate: the pine needles come back, along with sweet peat, soft vanilla cream and a touch of parma violet.
Finish: quite long, with floral smoke, and sour wood and fruit fading to a soft end.
On the eye: warm gold.
Breathe in: vanilla fudge, sea air and peat smoke, balanced beautifully by honeycomb and cinnamon spice.
Sip: mouth-watering citrus, gentle saltiness and vanilla with flakes of coconut.
Savour: the wispy smoke, bourbon vanilla and lime finish.
Customer Reviews:(3 reviews)
Really nice, chose this over an Aberlour 12 and a Highland Park 12 simply because I enjoy the Islay flavours the best. Hasn't disappointed, the taste is quite light, yet still has that distinctive Islay peaty/smokey flavour, almost like a mild Laphroaig. I wouldn't water this down too much to open the flavours/add too much ice as I like a bit of a kick with the taste.
Would definitely buy again and would recommend to friends who might find the stronger tasting Islay malts too much. In all, a good first bottle of Bowmore at a good price.
- Dan, Yesterday
First Islay malt I've ever bought, smelt very nice but the taste was not what I was used to. However after a second drop with just a dash of water, the flavours really developed. I prefer the Speyside malts but this is a nice malt
- Nick, 5 days ago
Not my favourite Islay distillery, I got given a bottle of Bowmore Small Batch Reserve-and was pleasantly surprised...where as the 12 year old somehow fails (I kept wondering if that below sea-level warehouse has something to do with it?) THIS makes up for. Obviously not the peatiest whisky, phenol fans/smokeheids will no doubt be making for the Island's Southern distilleries (suggestion: head N.E. to Caol Ila, too-I'm sure you have already...and you could do worse than try the [Bruichladdich produced]'Port Charlotte Peat Project' over West...)I found this to be a very pleasant malt, no doubt the ex-Bourbon casks having much to do with the result. As for the below sea-level warehouse, hmmmmm. Well...Slainte!
- Penny Traition, 5th September
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