Bowmore Small Batch

70cl / 40%
  • Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky
  • Distillery Bottling
Bowmore Small Batch
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Bowmore's Small Batch 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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  • Body
  • Richness
  • Smoke
  • Sweetness


  • Vanilla Vanilla
  • Violet Violet
  • Earth Earth
  • Apple Apple
  • Mango Mango
  • Smoke Smoke

Bowmore Small Batch 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.

33 Customer Reviews

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  • 5
    7 April

    Stunning, sweet and round, with a hint of smokiness.

  • 2
    5 February 2018

    This is not one of my favourite drams, put simply, and is in fact my least favourite expression from Bowmore and Islay in general. Chewy, fruity, mild smokey notes, but nothing extensive. I found it overly lacking in character, but not terrible. Just not my palate. I would pick the 12, 15 and 18 over this one. 2/5 for me.

  • 4
    30 December 2017

    One of my favourites, plenty to interest the pallet and can be picked up for a more than reasonable price.

  • 4
    29 December 2017

    Great entry level Islay. Peaty, but with a good malt background and a lot of fruity notes. Great way to ease your friends into more challenging Islays!

  • 5
    4 November 2017

    I like this whiskey very much. Mild and round taste. One of my favorite whiskeys in the world

  • 3
    25 June 2017

    Some people on here have compared this whisky to the Laphroaig Quarter Cask or called this a "peat monster." It is nothing like the Quarter Cask, which is a great, powerful Islay with a long, brush fire finish. It's also not a peat monster, even when compared to any of the standard Laphroaig, Ardbeg and Lagavulin expressions. It is less challenging than the Bowmore 12-year, which is the lightest, least peaty/smoky Islay I keep in my collection. Compared to other Islays, this is a children's drink. There's nothing wrong with that. Everyone likes different things. Drinking ultra smoky Scotch doesn't make you more of a man (or woman). I'm just saying that it's wrong to call a Kool-Ade Islay anything like the Quarter Cask or any actual peat monster.

  • 5
    22 June 2017

    I'm not a whiskey drinker but I really like this one great flavour

  • 4
    28 April 2017

    Wow who is Billy A?? His palette couldn't be more perceptive or more accurate. A bit harsh but hence the price point... The best in it's $35 class by far. Complex and not boring, just have to get past the burn. The style mentioned above is dead on in each category. Not a ton of body, light but complex. I might actually rate the smoke at 2.5 but that isn't on their scale - rounding up to 3 seems appropriate. The sweetness didn't rob anything and does compliment the mix. Lemongrass and sage would be two additional tasting notes I'd like to throw to the mix. Smoke flavor lingers a long time but is never over powering. Sweet lime finish but not zesty.

  • 2
    23 April 2017

    Not a good scotch can't taste the smoke. Very medicinal tasting. I will not buy again

  • 4
    20 April 2017

    It seems to be marketed at people, like me who have not tried islay whisky before. It's a nice dram and good introduction. The bourbon cask gives it an accessible sweetness. You get a smack of coconut which gives way to light peat, TCP and vanilla. I thought it was good value. I wouldn't necessarily buy again not because it was bad but as I am keen to explore islay whisky further.

  • 4
    11 January 2017

    I quite like this, and seem to discover something new about it every time I drink it. Tonight I realized there is a distinct and lovely note of chocolate covered toasted coffee bean.

  • 5
    26 December 2016

    They must have radically changed the recipe for this recently. This is a full metal jacket, balls to the wall, peat-monster. Very enjoyable and better balance than the 12 year old. TCP bandages in honey. Very nice if you like that sort of thing which I do. A nice drying finish makes this a deliciously moreish dram.

  • 5
    25 December 2016

    Surprisingly good quality. Not quite sure why people are so snooty about this whisky but people generally treat Bowmore whiskies as the ginger step child of the whisky world, and they're quite wrong. This is a deliciously smoky sweet whisky with a very tasty and moresish dryness which reminds me of the fine balance of Highland Park. It's a great whisky. Probably on a par with something like Laphroaig Quarter Cask but with distinctive Bowmore freshness.

  • 4
    25 December 2016

    Lovely dram. Gentle tasting though immediately Bowmore. Just let it breath for a few minutes in the glass and enjoy as it comes. No h2o required imho. I received a bottle for Christmas and I would buy again myself.

  • 3
    23 December 2016

    This is a nice smoky peaty whisky but not over powering. Decent length from the Bourbon barrel and at the price it's a good inexpensive alternative to the £40 12yo and upwards.

  • 2
    6 December 2016

    This is the first Bowmore whiskey I've had that I really didn't care for. It tastes very raw and unfinished to me. Of course, I've only had 12 year or older bottles in the past and I'm not a fan of bourbon so I probably should have given my selection more thought.

  • 2
    6 November 2016

    I bought this on offer at a reasonable price. It is a perfectly acceptable whiskey, but is just lacking. The peat is so subtle it is pointless and the finish is that of a cheap blend. Easy to drink, but instantly forgettable.

  • 4
    20 September 2016

    Strong peat signal, but balanced. A little light in the mouth somehow. Attractively priced, but not a knockout.

  • 5
    31 May 2016

    My new Favorites. Got couple as the price was reasonable.

  • 4
    15 January 2016

    I'm new to scotch whiskies and this was the first bottle I picked up. It was a great price for a first bottle. For a newbie the flavor was great, I tasted some smoke and some sweetness (Vanilla mostly) which was excellent for an introduction bottle.

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