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.
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.
the pine needles come back, along with sweet peat, soft vanilla cream and a touch of parma violet.
quite long, with floral smoke, and sour wood and fruit fading to a soft end.
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.