If you can’t afford the new Black Bowmore…
I had a few idle moments last night and thought I’d sip on a few Bowmore whiskies from my back bar (between lengthy commercial interruptions of the season finale of “House”).
If the new Black Bowmore is a little too steep for you at $4,500 a bottle, one alternative is the very delicious 1971 vintage 34 year old sherried Bowmore that was released a few years back at about $800. It’s not quite Black Bowmore, but it is a very good (and close) alternative. And you might be able to find a bottle floating around somewhere.
If that’s still too steep for you (which I understand completely), then opt for the newest edition of Bowmore 25 year old which has been out now for a few years. It is, once again, in the theme of a very mature, sherried whisky that doesn’t overdo it with the sherry. That can be had for less than $200.
If that’s still too much, then drop down to the new Bowmore 18 year old, which replaced the 17 year old. It was introduced last year for $85.
I have rated all of these whiskies in the 90s in Malt Advocate magazine. Indeed, there’s a good Bowmore out there to fit every budget.