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Bowmore Small Batch is matured in first and second fill bourbon casks. Surprisingly light in every step of the tasting, so a mild disappointment coming from Islay.
And I'm not talking about lack of peat or smoke only, felt like this Bowmore was flat, without character. That's why it literally felt like No Strings Attached, while I was sipping this dram.
I know I'm being too harsh, because Bowmore Small Batch is okay. 80 points proves it. But I guess 80 points isn't enough from a famous Islay distillery. They've set the standards so high.
Nose: Spicy with peat, honey and vanilla. Kinda like a bourbon nose. Peat stays on the background with hints of lime.
Taste: Thin with grassy notes and citrus. Light, salty and peaty.
Finish: Spices and dryness. Nice notes of lime again. Little bit of peat smoke.
Balance: First Islay dram to be so light in every way. For me at least. Even Bunnahabhain whiskies tend to be stronger, more characteristic. Bigger alcohol per volume level might have made it better.