Bowmore Small Batch

  • Age: No age statement
  • ABV 40 % 
  • Bottle size: 70 cl
  • Price: £37
  • Nose 21 /25 - Initially engine oil then clifftop seaweed, rock pools and a hint of vanilla
  • Taste 20 /25 - Spicy cinnamon and a fair amount of peat, lots of warmth from cloves and black pepper followed by a fair bit of sherbet.
  • Finish 21 /25 -  bitter, salty with some chocolate lime.
  • Balance 22 /25 - very nicely constructed, short to medium but rather enjoyable.
  • Total 84 /100

Bowmore Small Batch is a very accessible Islay single malt, it’s matured in both first-fill and second-fill bourbon barrels. A great introduction to Bowmore's lovely smoky flavour profile - the Small Batch it’s light and well balanced with plenty of honey, coconut and vanilla notes.

Laphroaig Select

  • Age: No age statement 
  • ABV 40 % 
  • Bottle size: 70 cl
  • Price: £34
  • Nose 22 /25 - well peat that goes without saying but in a fairly gentle way, burnt toast a hint of marmalade, sea salt,  charcoal and salted beef.
  • Taste 21 /25 - cigar ash, grapefruit mint, green apple and damp hay.
  • Finish 22 /25 - of medium length, the peat rumbles away.
  • Balance 22 /25 - overall it’s nicely balanced.  it’s clearly aimed and Laphroaig newbies as it’s far more accessible than the mega TCP releases.  It won’t necessarily suit the Laphroaig Loons but I rather enjoyed it.
  • Total 87 /100

Select takes it name from the wide variety of casks selected a mix of European cask Oloroso sherry butts, straight American white oak (non-filled with bourbon), PX seasoned hogsheads, Quarter Casks and finally first fill Bourbon Casks