Nose: light, fragrant smoke – like herbs on fire. Also butterscotch, light menthol, nectarines, brine and ferns.
Palate: a big floral note up front followed by a prickly middle, with sweet syrup, sugared flowers and an oily mouthfeel.
Finish: sweet, with floral notes, lightly tannic wood and a touch of sawdust.
Comment: This seems to be very much what Bowmore are going for – balanced smoke and wood, with a hint of the floweriness that they are known for.
Customer Reviews:(5 reviews)
That smoked apple juice theme again, seems to be trademark of Bowmore. Too toffee sweet for Islay malt and serious unbalance between nose and palate. I think this even worse than 12 yo and 15 yo Darkest. I'll stay with other Islay malts.
- Mikko, 24th Feb '13
We enjoyed this very much, from a miniature, on our recent visit to Scotland. I thought I had lost my taste for single malts, years ago...this renewed my interest in them. On the same trip, my wife and I also had a 10 year old Laphroaig, also from a 5 cl miniature bottle, which was my old favorite from years ago, and found it far too peaty for our tastes. Miniatures certainly are a nice way to try out scotches.
- anonymous, 28th Jun '12
I use the "Legend" to clean my pipe with (horrible stuff, although it was drinkable after breathing for a while). I don't really like the 12, the 15 is fairly good, but the 18 is extremely good! Bowmore just does not seem to hit its stride until about 17.
- Matt, 9th Oct '09
Just finished the first half of my little miniature and crivens this is good. I think no other distillery besides Caol Ila balances the flavours of the Islay style so well. Outstanding.
- James Saxon, 18th Jan '09
The best single malt scotch I have tasted. And at a fair price.
- R. Goodmansen, 6th Aug '07
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