Bowmore Small Batch Reserve

70cl / 40%
  • Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky
  • Distillery Bottling
Bowmore Small Batch Reserve
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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.

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Bowmore Small Batch Reserve Reviews

Tasting Notes

  • Tasting notes by Billy A

    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.

  • Producer's Note

    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.

8 Customer Reviews

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  • 4
    13 September

    A very good malt, and excellent value for money.

  • 5
    12 February

    An excellent dram which ticks all my boxes. Not harsh , easy drinking, full of flavour, caramel and BBQ smoke

  • 4
    24 January

    This is an exceptional value for money dram. A gentle entry level Islay that is equal parts sweet/smoke. On my 3rd bottle... Just glides down effortlessly.

  • 1
    4 January

    Like all the other Bowmores I have tasted before. A disappointment. Very little of any kind of taste, with or without water.

  • 3
    30 November 2014

    First of, I am fairly new to single malts and tasting. Have started buying myself a few bottles to try and compare, and this was on offer at Tesco, so why not. I am struggling with the tastes so far. The nose is great, as expected. The citrus and lime in the taste and finish are too overpowering in my opinion. Im taking larger sips than I am used to to try and get the smoke to balance it out. Will have another try at it later!

  • 4
    30 September 2014

    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.

  • 4
    25 September 2014

    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

  • 4
    5 September 2014

    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!