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I tried this Islay Malt at one of my favorite bars this evening and it reminded me of Highland Park 12, and maybe even a tad better. Just one more example of the perfect blend of sweet and smoke. Then I came home and looked up the price. Yikes! It costs about 50% more. Gosh, it's tough having expensive tastes! I rated at one point below my "would buy again" rating.
While I was there, I ordered another glass of Talisker 10 which I absolutely hated when I first began my quest. Aquired taste? Hogwash! Well, yes! After Bowmore 15 paved the way, the Talisker 10 suddenly jumped up for my rating, which will follow with a review later. So, if at first you hate one malt, wait a while and go back to it after gently easing into it with one like Bowmore 15. This is a good transition malt between Speyside and Islay.