Bowmore Legend Bottling Note
A young, rather gentle Bowmore. Whilst not massively complex or full-bodied, Legend is still a great value for money malt.
Nose: Gentle peat smoke, a little barley, touch of the coast.
Palate: Gentle, a one dimensional malt with a vibrant youthfulness, lots of pep, but not too much in the way of complexity. But if you like younger, sweeter Bowmore then you'll enjoy this.
Finish: Good malty sweetness, maritime, a touch of pine.
I got a bottle on sale at Walgreens for $25. Very good value at that price. It is sweet, to be sure, and young, but it's a "honey" of a scotch that I'll buy again and recommend. It's lightness is actually a plus for uneducated palates such as my own, as under tonal floral qualities come through that you do not ordinarily associate with scotch. Honey indeed.
7th February 2012
save your money
immature and unbalanced. either spend your money on JW red, or spend more for a better bowmore; their are many. Just do not spend your money on this one.
14th February 2013
My First Islay
I had almost given up on finding a whisky as interesting in its way as my preferred bourbons. Then I came upon a bottle of Bowmore Legend ($26). I was struck -- as never before -- by the smoky, "mouth-fulla-peat" taste scotch drinkers kept telling me about. I looked about for other single malts from Islay (Laphroaig, Bowmore 12, and Ardbeg) and found them fascinating and delicious. Legend is lighter, for sure, and sweeter than some of its older Islay kin. Offered a sip to my wife, and she said, "I think I could develop a taste for that." I still love my single-barrel and small-batch Kentucky whiskey -- no Jack Daniels of Jim Beam. But from time to time when I get a hankering for ocean salt and seaweed and peat, I venture into the world of the original and pick up a nice single-malt Islay. And from time to time that whiskey is going to be Bowmore Legend. This is a bargain at the price, and a great introduction to those complex whiskies from Islay.
5th May 2013
First, I should preface by saying I LOVE the Bowmore 15 year old, delicious. But with this purchase, I just wasted $30. This was the worst Whisky I have ever tasted, period. There was a review, perhaps on another site that compared the taste to petrol. I laughed at what seemed like an exaggeration, but that is exactly the taste that smacks you in the mouth. I drank 3-4 sips of the bottle and used the rest to kill ants nesting on the side of my property. Better to spend a bit more on something better, or just drink water.
1st July 2013
My first islay way Lagavulin 16. I had a great experience with that one but it was not that cheap for my country standards. Bowmore Legend is great for what you pay for.
4th July 2013
I read reviews here and other places about "The Legend". It seemed that most of the negative reviews were from those who didn't understand Islay or were overbearing snobs. I love Laphroaig 10, but don't spend that much on a daily drinker. This is a nice whisky with enough smoke, peat and salt to make it interesting. No, it is not too complex, but it tastes good. All told, it beats any similarly priced blend and has enough Islay character that it is much better than many lower prices malts. It will become one of my "go to" purchases.
3rd August 2013
If you can afford a hundred bucks or more for a bottle of single malt, you need not read further. But if are looking for a decent, affordable single malt, this might be one of the best picks. I say Bowmore Legend is not much inferior to the 10-year-old Laphroaig. Sure, it is a bit lighter and less refined, but for the money, it is very good value. And it is far from petrol or the worst whiskey, as suggested by the resident snob above.
26th October 2013