Highland Park & Bowmore Double Barrel (Douglas Laing)

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Grade: B-

Type: Scotland, Vatted Blend

Age: 10 yrs

ABV: 46.00%

Price: $70

Availability: Rare/Limited Run

Another rare and interesting expression by Douglas Laing. Orkney meets Islay here. The nose has some soft peat and sweet honey, some floral aspects here. The palate is lightly peated with some spice that leads into what I consider to be a signature finish for Bowmore, medium with honey and heather with a very light but lingering smoke quality. if you are looking for something that is different and interesting, then you might like to give this a try…. if you can find it.

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Big Peat

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Grade: B

Type: Scotland, Blended, Islay

Age: N/A

ABV: 46.00%

Price: $65

Availability: Better Whiskey Stores

This expression is still semi limited in America and is a blend of Ardbeg, Port Ellen, Caol Ila, and Bowmore. The nose has some typical Islay peat and is a little sweet with chocolate. The palate is salty and with a nice peatiness. The finish is mild and has little to offer other than peat.  I like this expression but I would like a lot more character besides  the peatiness.

Bowmore 12

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Grade: B-

Type: Scotland, Single Malt, Islay

Age: 12 Yrs

ABV: 40.00%

Price: $50

Availability: Better Whiskey Stores

The nose is peaty with some floral notes. The palate is salty, peaty, citrus and slightly soapy. The finish is light smoke and lingering medicine. I like this expression. However for the money I do like the Legend expression better as they taste very similar.

Bowmore Legend

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Grade: B-

Type: Scotland, Single Malt, Islay

Age: N/A

ABV: 40.00%

Price: $30

Availability: Wide/Better Whiskey Stores

The nose has some slight peat to it with a bit of citrus, lemon and brine. On the palate you get some sweet spice flavors. The finish is dry with some sugar. While this is not a big peaty Islay expression, it’s still pretty good Esp. at this price. It almost reminds me of a decent but mellow rye whiskey. I have a soft spot for this bottle and it’s definitely a must own for any level of whiskey drinker.