It is possible that my current love of strong Islay predisposes me to dislike the Bowmore 18 (TJ Bottling) ($40). As indicated in my previous post, this scotch ranked at the bottom of the barrel among all three scotch aficionados at the tasting (one of them being me). I would describe its taste as weak, watery, anemic, and barely peaty. It appeared to be trying to appease Highland fans and Islay fans. It failed in both pursuits. It did not have the oaky, charcoal-like character of the Dalwhinnie, and it lacked some of the tasty fruit, spice, molasses and caramel tones of Macallan. Perhaps I could recommend this to entry-level scotch drinkers. If I was a salesman, the word I would use to describe this is "subtle." But to my informed readers: avoid this one.