Scotch - Single Malt

Bowmore Small Batch Reserve Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky

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

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San Francisco World Spirits Competition

  • 2013
  • 2014
  • 2015

Beverage Testing Institute

  • 2014

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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. They suggest looking for "wispy smoke" and "bourbon vanilla" on the palate with a lime finish. It is bottled at 40 proof--like many Bowmore expressions--a bit lighter than the more common 86 proof in single malts.

The Bowmore Distillery was officially founded in 1779 on the island of Hebridean Island of Islay. They take pride in hand-turning their barley in the malting room in the traditional practice, something seldom done in the modern era. They dry the barley over peat smoke and mature the whisky in casks facing the sea. Bowmore was purchased by Morrison Bowmore Distilleries in 1963, which itself was purchased by Suntory in 1994.

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