Bowmore Small Batch Sample

3cl / 40%
  • Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky
  • The Perfect Measure
Bowmore Small Batch Sample
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Matured in a combination of first-fill and refill bourbon barrels, Bowmore Small Batch is sweet, spicy and smoky.
Bottler
The Perfect Measure
Country
Scotland
Region
Islay
Colouring
Yes

This is a 3cl sample from the original bottling of:

Product name

Bowmore Small Batch

Style

  • Body
  • Richness
  • Smoke
  • Sweetness

Character

  • 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.
     

28 Customer Reviews

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  • 3
    25 June

    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

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

  • 4
    28 April

    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

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

  • 4
    20 April

    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

    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

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