A sherry-matured, non-NAS Bowmore for £25? That's got to sound good in the current world of hyper-inflated prices, even if it is 40% and (presumably) coloured. I tried it next to the last dregs of my 15yo Laimrig (batch 4), which may not be particularly fair given the difference in bottling strength, age and price, but I wanted to see if it came close. On the nose, this 9yo is clearly from the same 'stable' as the Laimrig. Well-integrated, rich sherry notes (dark, sticky jam fruits and hazelnuts) are there, although not quite as deep or soft as the Laimrig. The Bowmore spirit is clearly younger in the 9yo (although the added sharper edges aren't necessarily a bad thing), with more of a cardboard/wet paper note than the Laimrig. The trademark soft, nutty peat is clearly present in both, but the 9yo is slightly lighter and fresher (there is a whiff of dunnage warehouses in the Laimrig missing from the 9yo). Whilst I had a slight preference for the extra depth and complexity of the nose on the Laimrig, the 9yo certainly didn't let itself down. On the palate, the lower bottling strength of the 9yo doesn't help, leading to a thinner, less rich mouth feel. The cardboard note also comes through, with a slightly drier/more bitter note than the Laimrig. The sherry is much less present than on the nose, leading to a lack of depth compared to the Laimrig. The Laimrig also has a much longer finish than the 9yo. So...all in all, the 9yo can hold it's head up high with its more prestigous stable-mate on the nose, but suffers after that. Given the large price differential between the two, it is difficult to be too harsh on the 9yo. On its own, it is a very respectable dram that I look forward to returning to. It's not going to set the world on fire, but I would certainly consider recommending it to someone looking to try a sherry-peat combination without breaking the bank. If only they'd bottled it at 46%...well, I guess it wouldn't still be £25!!!