Bowmore Small Batch

70cl / 40%
  • Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky
  • Distillery Bottling
Bowmore Small Batch
Web Exclusive Price £37.45 £31.21 ex VAT (£53.50 per litre)
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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


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  • Earth Earth
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  • 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.

23 Customer Reviews

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  • 4
    11 January

    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.

  • 4
    2 January 2016

    New to Scotch Whiskies, from the Craft Beer World, thru Bourbon. The Nose is a mixture of Vanilla and Peat. The Palate is pleasantly viscous; the Finish is light but very pleasant Smoke. My nose and palate are not very experienced and this is not the first Islay Whisky I have enjoyed. Having said that, to my taste this is a beautiful Whisky for the price, Flavorful, I enjoyed it Very much!

  • 3
    25 December 2015

    A big step down from the standard 12. Hints of vanilla, hints of that classic, smooth smokiness that I associate with Bowmore, otherwise, fairly rough.

  • 3
    19 December 2015

    Not a big fan - needs a little more smoke - or none!

  • 4
    16 November 2015

    Great Bowmore and epitomises balance, a little smoke, a little saltiness and some wonderful sweet vanilla notes.... YUM!

  • 2
    9 November 2015

    Very ordinary, a good entry level malt for those who want to start with the peated ones but not much more, very banal and lacks flavor

  • 4
    13 September 2015

    A very good malt, and excellent value for money.

  • 5
    12 February 2015

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

  • 4
    24 January 2015

    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 2015

    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!

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