Bowmore ‘Small Batch Reserve’

Bought – Sainsbury’s, 22th September 2014

Ratings:
80.5/100 – Whisky Bible 2014
81.78/100 – Whiskybase (average from 69 member votes)

I’d hate to know what Bowmore describe as a “Large Batch” given how long I’ve seen bottles of this “small” batch on the shelves of local supermarkets. Perhaps a large batch of Bowmore would go on forever, or until someone noticed that the level of the Irish Sea had gone down. Thankfully I can’t see any fish swimming around in my bottle!

The Whisky Bible has very little to say about this single malt. Small by name, small by review. It does however score 21/25 for taste, which equates to a very respectable 84/100. Just shy of 82/100 on Whiskybase is a surprisingly good score with comments of “well made for a young malt” and “seriously good value for money”.

As I write this, Morrisons supermarket have this Bowmore for £24.99 but I’m stunned to see that The Whisky Exchange online are trying to sell it for £36.99! It’s certainly not worth that much. £25 is a fair price for this non-aged statement single malt that will give you a pleasant taste experience from a good, well established Islay distillery.

Here’s Horst Luening of Whisky.com on You Tube with his thoughts about this entry-level Bowmore (April 2014):

Bowmore Small Batch Reserve 70cl

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