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Islay Legend Profile

Blended Scotch Whisky

Morrison’s Islay Legend was one of several blends produced by Morrison Bowmore Distillers during the 1990s. Bottled at eight years of age and with a high malt content (50%) from Bowmore distillery, Islay Legend had quality in spades but never became a prominent brand for its owner.

During its short life, Islay Legend was exported to European markets and was popular in France.

  • Production type
    Blended Scotch
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Islay Legend History

Another dormant brand languishing in the Beam Suntory locker, Islay Legend was created in the early 1990s around the time Japanese group Suntory had taken a stake in Morrison Bowmore Distillers.

In 1993, 25 bottles of a 30-year-old expression were produced for a celebratory dinner on the 30th anniversary of Stanley P Morrison Ltd’s purchase of Bowmore distillery in 1963.

Timeline

  • Early 1990s Islay Legend is launched as an 8-year-old blend
  • 1993 A commemorative bottling of 30-year-old Islay Legend is released
  • 1994 Suntory acquires Morrison Bowmore Distillers

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