Bowmore Small Batch Reserve

Bowmore

“Always expect the unexpected.” That’s what an old rugby coach of mine used to say. “Always keep your opponent guessing”, would be his constant half-time mantra. Someone at Bowmore must’ve overheard him at one of our matches because that’s exactly what they’ve done. I opened this bottle of Bowmore expecting to be hit with a rough ‘n’ ready, heart on its sleeve, bullet train of a whisky. Non-age statement, small batch whiskies can sometimes pack quite a punch if a reasonable part of the bottling consists of youngish liquid so I was pleasantly surprised when I poured this laid back, delicate little beast into my glass the other night.

Bowmore Small Batch Reserve
NAS
40% ABV
£33 from here

Nose: Perfumy and floral to begin with a touch of bubblegum, boiled sweets and cream soda. Some fizziness too – strawberry laces and fresh grapes – before the gentle smoke gradually appears. Remarkably light and delicate for a Bowmore.

Palate: Again, very floral and light to begin with. Lemon sherbet, icing sugar, meringue and vanilla custard give way to creamy wood smoke and a touch of oak.

Finish: Some candied sweetness quickly disappears but the oak lingers around for a while.

Overall: A very different Bowmore. Strangely light and delicate but the trademark ‘Bowmore smoke’ eventually comes through. If you’ve got a friend who hasn’t tried an Islay before, or is a bit apprehensive about smoky whisky then this is a great starting point. I usually give folk a Bunnahabhain 12yo as an introductory Islay whisky but this certainly jostles for contention. Pleasantly light and very moreish.

Tiger

 

Book us for a tasting

Book Us For A Tasting!  Looking for a whisky tasting experience? Look no further! We've hosted thousands of tastings catering for all budgets and themes. Let us tailor a bespoke whisky experience for you - click here or drop us a line now at edinburghwhisky@gmail.com!

Connect with us

Find us on Facebook!    Follow us on Twitter!    Follow us on Instagram!    Connect with me on LinkedIn!    Subscribe to us on YouTube!    Email us!   

Judging honours

World Whiskies Awards Judge         Spirit of Speyside Whisky Awards Judge Global Scotch Masters Judge         Scottish Whisky Awards Judge