Bowmore Legend (newer release)
I am working out of state for a while and my Talisker 18 and HP were running low and I happened to see Bowmore Legend at a Walgreen's for about $32. I knew it was a slightly more mature version of the McClelland's Islay which I like okay. I must say the 8yr or so makes a big difference vs. the 5yo. It's not as good as the 12 yr Bowmore, but for the price (and considering it's likely the only Islay I can buy within 120 miles it is pretty good.
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.