Bowmore has always had a special place in my heart. It’s the very first Scotch I ever fell in love with. I have a list of favorites now, but I think you never truly forget that first whisky that made you smile. I don’t think I have ever tasted a Bowmore whisky that I have not liked, including this Bowmore Small Batch.
I had the opportunity to sample this Bowmore while up in New Hampshire for the 40th Annual Highland Games. I enjoyed it so much, my boyfriend and I ended up purchasing a bottle.
If you aren’t familiar with Bowmore, Bowmore was established in 1779 and is an Islay whisky that is located on the shores of Loch Indaal, which pours into the Atlantic Ocean. They are one of the few distilleries that use the traditional floor malting method. I know I’ve previously stated what floor malting is but if you are new to my blog, here is that basic floor malting explanation again: First thing, before barley can be placed on the floor it is soaked in water. This actually makes the barley grow in bulk. It is then placed on the floor to dry and prevent it from growing any further. Once on the floor, it is turned (raked) often enough to ensure that its growth is even. It’s a method that is expensive and takes time, but well worth it when you taste the final product for both these whiskies.
This Bowmore Small Batch was fantastic. It is a quality product that is delicious and amazingly enough, not as expensive as other products out there. A bottle costs around around $40-$46.
Nose: sweet, vanilla, fruit and slight hints of smoke
Taste: smoke (slightly peaty), vanilla, citrus and sweet
Finish: creamy and smooth
I love Bowmore and this Small batch was no exception. It was light, creamy and extremely smooth. There was nothing harsh about this product. It is balanced and the craftsmanship for this no-age-statement is pretty darn amazing. The maturing in ex-bourbon casks adds to the notes profiled in the taste. It helps it give it those sweet and fruity notes.
It’s a whisky I would highly recommend trying, even for those non-whisky drinkers.
Note: The contents on my blog are solely my opinion. To me every palate is different! Although I may or may not like a product, I always recommend for people to try it and make up their own minds.