- Single Malt
- Distillery Bottling
- First Fill Bourbon Casks
- 40.0 % Vol.
- 700 ml
- Our No. 1 Malt
- Added on
- 19 Feb 2017 4:27 pm by maltaholic
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Whisky Reviews for Bowmore No. 1
15 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 79.58 points
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good for a drink in warm weather!
N: A musty/sweaty suet-y/barley maltiness [mildly oily/peaty & bone dry], with dried violets & orange slices, dried tamarind, sage & onion stuffing and savoury creamy vanilla sponge. Admittedly it reads well, though overall it’s a little innocuous.
T: Starts with strange soft meaty < < plastics, some fizz and then some kind of a development [if you can call it that], around a smoky/oily murkiness which almost grinds to a halt albeit for some smokey dry citrus on the turn.
F: A mildly smoked barley finish with a hollow conclusion.
C: As expected.
- The NAS successor to the Small Batch - a cheap and neat Bowmore!
"Bowmore nose": citrus (lime), light (beech-fire) smoke, caramel, cinnamon, vanilla;
soft velvety onset, citrus freshness, light smoke, vanilla, toffee, caramel, honey nuts, young, not very complex;
short finish; slightly smoky finish;
Nutella on brown bread, sea salt and a hint of lemon zest
Vanilla notes are up front and sweet (though earthy vanilla pod does appear after a minute). Plenty of coastal peat smoke
- Peat, cardboard, tangerine, malt and salt. The sweetness mainly comes in the finish.
smoke, peat, (sea) salty
vanilla, smoke, peat
- This really is a twin of the Small Batch, albeit somewhat cheaper. Around 35 EUR. A nice entry for people who are not yet familiar with Islay whisky.
The nose is sweet and fresh on vanilla, apples, grapes, lime (including zest) and lots of sea salt. A classic Bowmore if you ask me. The smoke is in the background, making it fresh and accessible. In that sense, it really reminds me of the Small Batch from a few years ago.
I would not have minded a little bit more body. On the palate too, it is very fruity and sweet, while the peat is a lot more outspoken. It even flirts with tropical notes, which I quite like. Loads of vanilla too. Yes, again, I am reminded of the Small Batch.
The finish is not very long, but with a lovely smokiness and a touch of mint. Vanilla and citrus remains present throughout.