Scotch - Single Malt

Bowmore Small Batch Reserve Bourbon Cask Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky

From: Islands, Scotland Liquor Review Category: Single Malt Scotch

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  • Proof66 Rating : 623 / 8632Bowmore Small Batch Reserve Bourbon Cask Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky
    Rabble Rating : 3.4 / 5.0
    Producer: Bowmore Distillery
    Owner: Suntory
    ABV: 40.0% Proof: 80.0
    Price (USD) : $40
    Age: N/A

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Awards

San Francisco World Spirits Competition

  • 2013
  • 2014
  • 2015

Beverage Testing Institute

  • 2014

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Proof66 Notes

Bowmore Small Batch Reserve single malt scotch is part of their "specialist release" collection of whisky. It is a blend of whisky aged in ex-bourbon barrels that were either first- or second-fill (meaning it was their first or second time aging in Scotland after arriving from America). We take this to mean it will have some overtones of vanilla and caramel often present in the American oak.

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Rabble Reviews

This bottle has 2 ratings and 2 reviews.
baseballfan135 baseballfan135 (9)
Rating: 2.0 (2016-11-30)
The smokiness prevails over the other flavors
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quantumboy7 quantumboy7 (47)
Rating: 4.7 (2016-11-08)
Super tasty, mildly peated scotch with a lingering, lightly fruity finish from the bourbon casks. This would be a great introduction to Islays for a scotch noob, but I think I want to keep some of this on hand all the time. 40% works perfectly, as the flavors are a bit lighter than many Islays so a higher proof might overpower the nuances. If you've tried Lagavulin or Laphroaig and thought it was just too much, you might really appreciate this expression from Bowmore.
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