Bowmore's Small Batch Reserve is matured in first and second fill ex bourbon casks, resulting in a sweet, spicy and smoky whisky. This is a lighter example of Bowmore and an excellent starting point for Islay whiskies.
Nose: floral violets and candlewax, a hint of pot pourri/air freshener (but not enough to put me off), window putty, sour tropical fruit, light muddy peat and a hint of pine needles.
Palate: the pine needles come back, along with sweet peat, soft vanilla cream and a touch of parma violet.
Finish: quite long, with floral smoke, and sour wood and fruit fading to a soft end.