Review: Bowmore Dorus Mor Batch 1

Paid: $75 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Bowmore / Beam Suntory

Region: Islay

55.1% ABV

Aged For: 10 Years

Mashbill: 100% malted barley

Cask Type: First fill bourbon casks

Chill Filtered: No

Color Added: Yes

Color: Pale Gold

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Strong alcohol hits with smoke, menthol, peat, oak, vanilla, saltwater, citrus

Feel: Medium

Taste: Sharp, pepper, vanilla, oak, smoke, honey, ash and cinders, and lemon juice

Finish: Warm and long lasting, charred wood, spice, pepper, vanilla, caramel, and salt with mossy peat

Thoughts: At first its sharp and slightly harsh, but mellows out with a nice peat punch with a lot of influence from the bourbon casks. The full proof and non chill filter prove Bowmore can put out something that isn’t bland compared to some of my previous experiences.

Score: 80 out of 100

Bowmore 18

Bowmore 18

Price: $120 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Bowmore / Beam Suntory

Region: Islay

43% ABV

Aged For: 18 Years

Mashbill: 100% malted barley

Cask Type: Ex-bourbon and ex-sherry

Chill Filtered: Yes

Color Added: Yes

 


 

Color: Dark gold

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Slight peat, vanilla, salt and caramel, bits of oak

Feel: Light bodied

Taste: White pepper, smoke, cinnamon, and leche

Finish: Medium, lingering gentle smoke with chocolate and vanilla

Thoughts: There is very little Islay punch here, the bourbon casks seem to have left a big influence here.

Score: 80 out of 100

Bowmore Devil’s Cask Batch 2

Bowmore Devil's Cask Batch 2

Price: Discontinued

Distilled/Owned by: Bowmore / Beam Suntory

Region: Islay

56.3% ABV

Mashbill: 100% malted barley

Aged For: 10 Years

Cask Type: Ex-Oloroso sherry

Chill Filtered: No

Color Added: No

 


 

Color: Reddish Mahogany

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn.

Nose: Earthy sherry and oak with mulled wine and gentle smoke. Raisins and amaretto.

Mouthfeel: Medium body

Palate/Taste:Slight peat, chocolate, sour berries, spices, brine, and fig sauce.

Finish: Shorter, but hot. Bitter cherries and wet sherry casks, oranges, peat, and caramel.

Thoughts: My favorite of the Bowmores I have tried, I’m still meaning to try a Bowmore IB, as I hear that they are far better. It’s a blend of sour fruits and smoke that I can see having its fans.

Score: 80 out of 100

Bowmore Small Batch

bowmore small batch

A step up from Bowmore Legend, this is aged in first and second fill bourbon casks and uses a peated malt.

Price: $30 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Bowmore / Beam Suntory

Region: Islay

40% ABV

Aged For: NAS

Mashbill: 100% malted barley

Cask Type: Ex-bourbon

Chill Filtered: Yes

Color Added: Yes

 


 

Color: Light Gold

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Light peat smoke, oak, vanilla, moss, and sea spray

Taste: Watered down vanilla and oak, honey, gentle smoke, and coconut.

Finish: Short and light, barley and gentle smoke.

Thoughts: Very unremarkable, but easy to drink. I wouldn’t seek this out for myself, but would recommend it to people looking to see if they want to explore more Islay malts to get a taste of peat before getting punched by some other expressions.

Score: 74 out of 100

Bowmore 15 Darkest

bowmore 15 darkest

Having sherry and peat together in a dram is like having chocolate with peanut butter, or having a beer while you grill. They just go well together. Bowmore OBs tend to get some hate around here, but I still wanted to try this out and see for myself. 12 Years in the bourbon casks and then off to the final 3 in Oroloso.

Price: $75 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Bowmore / Beam Suntory

Region: Islay

43% ABV

Aged For: 15 Years

Mashbill: 100% malted barley

Cask Type: 12 years in ex-bourbon, finished 3 years in Oloroso sherry casks

Chill Filtered: Yes

Color Added: Yes

 


 

Color: Chestnut, and you can tell they liberally helped this one along

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Smokey, raisin, toffee, vanilla, apple, and very gentle peat.

Taste: Watery, but a bit too sweet. Oranges, very slight smoke, walnuts, and almonds.

Finish: Medium in length and intensity, with fruitiness and sherry, as well as some vanilla oak.

Thoughts: A good nose and finish, that are let down by a mediocre palate. I had a chance to dry the Devil’s Cask Batch 2 recently which address my issues with the 15 Darkest, but the jump in price is insane.

Score: 81 out of 100