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At first glance, the Bowmore doesn't seem to impress. The price, certainly, seems to discourage the unwary, with visions of a twist off cap, plastic bottle, and a taste that is less than stellar, to say the least.
However, those that purchase this excellent whisky will appreciate the value to be had. An Islay Single Malt, there is smoke, peat, and earthy hints in the nose, with good legs, and a light golden color. The whisky rolls over the tongue, leaving moss, more smoke and peat, and a more than a hint of sea salt in it's wake. The finish lingers, just a bit, almost as if to remind you of the experience. I don't think it's quite the quintessential Islay that Laphroaig is, but it's a great whisky in it's own right.