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Bowmore Small Batch - Bourbon Cask Matured

(70cl, 40%)

Bowmore Small Batch - Bourbon Cask Matured

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Bowmore Small Batch Bottling Note

Bowmore Small Batch is an elegant Islay single malt, when gets matured in both first-fill and second-fill bourbon barrels. A great introduction to Bowmore's lovely smoky flavour profile - the Small Batch is refined, light and well balanced with plenty of honey, coconut and vanilla notes.

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Bowmore Small Batch - Bourbon Cask Matured Reviews

Add it to your collection

Well priced single malt. Fruit on the palate, with a spicy finish. Ignore the NAS, and enjoy the taste of Islay.

12th March 2019

Good enough

It’s the nice one. You like Islay? Good price for the good stuff. Bowmore is always fantastic, except legend imo.

12th December 2018


Very pleasantly surprised. Especially for the price. A nice gentle Islay with a fair bit of smoke . A bit of spice too. I definitely got the richness from the bourbon barrels . Very easy drinking drop.

15th August 2018

Good budget Islay, not too extreme, but not too shy either.

I generally agree with avoiding NAS single malts, except when they appear to be priced fairly. Besides, this is the only Bowmore I could find in my area. It only cost $35, so I figured it's worth a try. It does not have the full face-melting blast of Laphroaig, Ardbeg or Lagavulin, but the peat is forward and not subdued like in Highland Park 12. And some of the malt character comes through, I can taste the bourbon influence. It's not awfully sweet and not terribly dry or astringent, but does have some oak spiciness. Great for when you want peat, but not able to deeply analyze it and so don't want to deplete your other Islays. For this purpose I also recommend Glen Moray Peated.
It's a shame this Bowmore is at minimum legal strength, chill-filtered and with added colorant. And "small batch" means... precisely nothing. So I'm glad I tried it but not sure I'd buy again. Maybe if I find an age-stated expression.

8th February 2018

Very good and delicious whiskey

This is the best whiskey I have tasted. It is mild and balanced in taste and has a good smoky flavor and aroma. Highly recommend this one.

29th November 2017

12 yo is with the extra $

May be intruiging at the price but I would stay away ! It's not that it is awful but it is not your well rounded sweet peat Bowmore you may be looking for. Finish falls short and after taste of dust . At first there is some nice vanilla and peat but shortly after us just sharp and bad .

14th October 2017

Good introduction to smoke and peat. Worth it if on offer

Not a bad NAS and a good introduction to islays. Touch of smoke and peat but not in your face. Coconut and citrus come through before a pleasant lingering liquorice aftertaste.
Was gifted this, probably wouldn't buy again but only because I've recently discovered Lagavulin and Laphroig.

9th September 2017

Bargain, not strong peatiness

Very nice, easy drinking.. Not overly peaty or smokey. Leaves lovely aftertaste.
Great value for money

28th May 2017

A good dram for the money (at least in Sweden)

Licorice, honey, tropical fruit and a touch of smoke.
The aftertaste is quite long and taste licorice combined with smoke. A very fresh and enjoyable dram.
It's not a peatmonster like somebody said in recent reviews but it's good!

19th April 2017


It was cheap, but I would not buy it again. Very smoky, not much else. Not to my taste at all. A bit light and insubstantial.

4th April 2017

just plain bad

Bought a bottle yesterday in NYC for $33- + tax. I was looking for a peaty experience, but this was really sup-parr. Black Grouse would surpass. AVOID!

24th January 2017


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.

26th December 2016

Gave this distillery another chance was not dissapointed

If you have seen any of my other reviews you'll know that I really love single malt scotch whisky and rarely do I give a bad review on anything they are all quite wonderful to me.However there have only ever really been 2 distilleries that didn't really impress me and those are Auchentoshan and Bowmore.I gave Auchentoshan 3 chances to really make me love them and although I enjoyed the american oak the 12 year and the triple wood were quite syrupy and reeked of caramel coloring and that is a big turn off for me so as of now Auchentoshan would probably have to be my least favorite distillery I have had so far.My second least favorite distillery would probably be Bowmore because I tried their 12 year against all the other entry level bottles Islay had to offer and wasn't too impressed it lacked the raw ,rich character that other Islay whiskys possessed and quickly became a distillery I all but forgot about.However I spontaneously bought a bottle of this small batch stuff at my local spot today and I ordered many other whiskys so look for more reviews from me soon.Anyways on with this review: This doesnt look so fake colored as the 12 year and smells peatier and oakier, It isn't as peaty as other Islays I'd compare more to longrow probably but the bourbon oak makes this quite pleasant hint of citrus with some vanilla and that sea salt goodness that lets you know it aged by the coast. A nice even fairly mellow peat works it way through this whisky and helps disguise any youth.My favorite thing I have had from Bowmore so far and now I am willing to try more from them glad I gave this distillery a second chance.The Sugarbear

9th August 2016

Good introduction

This Whisky is responsible for the start of my journey , it's a lovely tasty start to the world of whisky and it opened my tastebuds to want to try more, an absolute steal at £25 in the supermarket on offer👍

17th June 2016

DJ, london

Amazing smoky flavor with nice smooth finish in your mouth. Amazing whisky if you can get under 30£ or 50$. Can be a weekday whisky or enjoyed with friends, they will love it.

7th April 2016

Mike, Brooklyn, NY

First Bowmore offering I have tasted. I am New to Scotch Whisky, coming from the Craft Beer World, thru Bourbon.
The Nose is Viscous and pleasantly Sweet. The Palate has a Slight Pleasant burn on the tongue and pleasantly Viscous and full as well. Lightly Smokey in the Finish with pleasant viscosity remaining.

Not my first Islay Whisky, but it is an excellent expression of the Islay Style of Whisky, in my opinion, with a pleasant Smokey Viscous Dry Finish in the mouth. Excellent Value at the Price. Highly recommended!! Excellent Introduction to the Peaty Islay Style

2nd January 2016

Very enjoyable after a hectic day!

Just bought a bottle for £25 in my local supermarket and I think it is an excellent introduction to the distillery. I'll now be seeking out other offerings from them.

4th October 2015

Good 'week-day evening' whisky

Lightly peated and surprisingly little oak; smooth although with a touch of fire in mix, altogether very enjoyable without being special. Shame about the very short finish. This is to my mind a very good £30+ all rounder that should please anyone.

I'm encouraged by this one & might seek out an older Bowmore next time

24th July 2015

better than average, a step up from your usual 10 y/o

Actually, pretty good whisky. Best to ignore the pretentious 'easy sipping dram' twaddle & Bowmore's meaningless marketing-speak.

This achieves the holy grail of being: VERY reasonably priced, softly smoky, almost smooth but retaining some fire and widely available. A modern commercial branded whisky that has been cleverly designed. My only gripe is it has a tad too much youth (oh and the usual complaint regarding caramel / filtering)

Not sure I would bother buying again

18th July 2015

Quite refreshing

gotta a hold of this dram last week. Really enjoyed it.

14th July 2015

Well Balanced, Good Deal

I obtained a bottle of this whisky on a promotional special for $30 USD. Having experienced several Bowmore offerings before, I found this one to be an exceptionally good deal and a very well balanced dram for the price. The maritime characteristics of Bowmore 12 are delightfully complimented by a fruity, fresh young spirit element and this is definitely a very smooth, easy sipping dram. My one complaint is the excessive smoothness...some character would definitely be added by boosting the ABV to 43-46%.

14th May 2015

pretty good

not as good as the 12

2nd April 2015

A little Green

Find the green apple taste to be too much of a young whisky but it does have a nice peaty overtone to it.

28th March 2015

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