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@ZackBReview by @ZackB

24th Jan 2016

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Despite it's being overshadowed by the Islay heavyweights of Ardbeg, Laphroaig, & Lagavulin I think this whisky does a fine job of being just what it claims to be. If you're wanting to try Islay, but aren't sure if peat is for you, this is an affordable introduction. And, if you are peat head, but can't afford the prices of the Islay rock stars Bowmore can get you through the rough patch comfortably.

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9 comments

@Nozinan
Nozinan commented

Tempest is 22 dollars more than this one in Ontario. LCBO actually wants you to pay $60. I think the difference in price is minimal compared to the difference in quality. As a quality over quantity person I would rather drink less of something good, less often, than any of this, ever.

I scored this a 71. Batch variation? Perhaps. I would choose to drink tap water before a dram of this. Even if my only other choice of beverage were Lambertus, I would dehydrate before drinking this.

about one year ago 0

@ZackB
ZackB commented

I can certainly understand your point of view, given those context. However I do personally find this to be a quite enjoyable whisky. Locally (Being the Central Savannah River Area) it's about $40-45 a bottle. I've not found Tempest available locally, so am unable to compare.

about one year ago 0

@Nozinan
Nozinan commented

Ahh the irony - you have the good prices (mind you after exchange not so different) and we have the variety priced out of affordability...

about one year ago 0

@Ol_Jas
Ol_Jas commented

I only had Bowmore 12 once, at a public tasting of various whiskies, and I found it pretty weak and watery. I'd be happy to try it again but I'm very unlikely to ever buy one.

about one year ago 0

@RianC
RianC commented

This is on offer currently (@ £30) and I'm tempted as it's the only working distillery on Islay I've yet to sample.

I imagine a milder version of Laphroaig with more sweetness perhaps? It may also be worth pointing out that the Laph is even cheaper at £25 . . .

Has anyone tried this recently? Reviews seem 'mixed' . . .

about one month ago 0

@Nozinan
Nozinan commented

@RianC My gut response is STAY AWAY, but it has been a while for me. More recently, all the low strength Bowmores I've tried have disappointed. If you want to see what Bowmore CAN do, go for a Tempest.

about one month ago 0

@MadSingleMalt
MadSingleMalt commented

...or an IB. IB Bowmores are a good bet.

about one month ago 0

@RianC
RianC commented

@Nozinan & @MadSingleMalt - Thanks, gents! I was looking into that but seems it's been discontinued?!

Perhaps I'll hang fire although it would be nice to 'tick them all off' as it were. I'll wait for a tidy looking IB to surface that isn't off the price charts; that or make several hints at certain times of the year . . cough cough

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@Nozinan
Nozinan commented

@RianC If you really must torture yourself get the three pack of 5cL each of 12,15 and 18. Then there will be less to pour out.

about one month ago 0

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