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Bowmore 15 Year Old - Darkest

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@MisterDiggerReview by @MisterDigger

26th Jul 2013

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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.

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MisterDigger commented

Okay, curiosity killed my wallet because I had to go out and buy a whole bottle of this good malt. I did a side by side test against Highland Park 12, and as my review for that one said, anything stronger on flavors would be obnoxious. In this case, the Bowmore 15 has quite a bit of peat and a tad more sweetness. However, I did bump up my original score from 89 to 90, which means that I now rate it as worth buying again, even at $70 US. This is now my favoite peated one, beating out Caol Ila 12 which is MUCH lighter.

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MisterDigger commented

After this bottle has gotten some air in it, I had to bump the score back down to an 87. Evidently, this one does not hold up too well to oxidation.

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