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