In an effort to cut my spending and consumption (less taste = less drinking) I tried my first bottle of Suntory Yamazaki 12yo at $39.99USD and Bowmore Legend at $21.99USD. Japanese Whisky is actually quite drinkable
I most likely will never buy another bottle of Bowmore Legend again while I can get Laphroaig 10yo for $29.99USD but for the price of $22.00USD I was not "terribly" disappointed. Better than Speyburn 10yo.
The Bowmore was to sweet for my tastes and rather flat. There's a funny after taste like soap, rose water and Jolly Rancher candy. I got a trace of peat but I failed to taste any substantial amounts of marine qualities like salt and seaweed. I think I'll try a bottle of Darkest next.
I prefer the Suntory Yamazaki 12yo over the Bowmore Legend. More complex/depth, a little less sweet (maybe) and slightly heavier on the peat and organics with a longer finish. I did enjoy the dry cedar like wood finish. You can definitely taste wood. There are also hints of mint.
The Suntory had a much better nose but not as smooth when compared to Bowmore. Like the Bowmore the Suntory had a hint of soap or something artificial that I didn't like. To make sure I wasn't inheriting this soapy after taste between the Bowmore to the Suntory I used Talisker 10yo and Laphroaig 10 cask strength to cleanse my pallet in between tastings.
Tonight I'll have a match between Talisker 10yo at $51.99USD and Laphroaig 10 cask strength at $49.99USD