Bowmore – The best bang for your buck?

28 Jul
I find that many people I run into are very skiddish about trying single-malt scotch whisky. Not necessarily because they think they are not going to like, but rather they believe that single-malts are going to be too expensive. Fearing that if they do not like their expensive new bottle, they just wasted $100. Plus, what do you choose? There are so many and they all have names that most people have never heard of.


Fear not the flavor! Fear not the wasting of money! Fear not missing out on great tasting whisky any longer!


Bowmore – Legend (40%vol)

Bowmore – Legend (sometimes also marketed as an 8-year) is an Islay (pronounced eye-luh)whisky. What this means is that it was produced on the Isle of Islay in Scotland. The Islay whisky “style” is heavily peated. What this means is that the barley was toasted over open flames and therefore really soaks up the smokiness. Smokiness? Ah yes. If you have not had an Islay-style scotch whisky, you are missing out on one of the great characteristics that make single-malt scotch whiskies so unique and flavorful.

Bowmore whiskies can be found in most liquor/spirit stores that sell single-malts. The Legend bottling will run approximately $25.00 USD. However, if you find the Bowmore 12-year ($30.00 USD), spend the extra $5 because it is very similar in nose and body but just a little better in flavor.

“Why is that one so cheap, Scotch Finder?” Great question. The answer is, “I don’t know!” The only thing I can figure out is that the whiskey is quite young in age and therefore costs less to maintain? I really have no idea. What I do know is that Bowmore Legend and Bowmore 12-year are quite unique and flavorful for such a modest price.

Why would you spend $200+ on a bottle of blended Johnnie Walker Blue just to say, “That’s pretty decent, but I’m not sure why I blew $200 on it” when you can say, “I just spent $25 and this Bowmore rocks my socks off!”

Oh yes… and don’t forget to dance your family jigg in celebration of a wise decision.

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