Here are my notes (if this is irritating to folks I apologize, but working away from family and home posting these things keeps me a bit connected)
Bowmore Legend (new label and stamped 09 on the bottom which I assumes means an 09 bottling):
Color and body: golden, a little thin
Nose: Maritime, a little perfumy, briny, smoky, with a little alcohol prickle
Mouth: Sweet peat, smoky surprisingly I can't taste the perfumy smells
Finish: moderately long, lingering smoke..not much else
On a 0-100 scale, about a 78 I'd say. I'd rate it higher if it wasn't kind of thin and if it were a bit more fruity..but then that's why they make the 12. I'd like to try this at Cask Strength.
Hope it's not that. I did wonder whether my experience with it was influenced by opinions I read of Legend around here, and by comparison with some other great drams I subsequently enjoyed. It surprised me how much less enjoyable I found it by the end of the bottle, as I didn't think an open bottle would change so much in 1 1/2 months or so. Haven't found the same with any other bottle, so either this is one spirit that really suffers quickly after being opened or the power of suggestion is very strong. I imagine if I got another bottle, I'd enjoy it again (at first).
The nose is welcoming, a nice smokey affair, but to me its a very sharp and bitter experience on the palate and not that much of a finish. Its as if the three bits are seperate components, if you like, and not really joined together. Is it a young malt ?
Its my first Bowmore and I am not a fan at this stage
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