From what I can recall, the economy around the world was just recovering from a moderate recession and interest in whiskys and prices were at very low levels. I bought 5 bottles of this expression at USD $90/each in 1993.
Nose: Strong sherry, grapefruit, raw cane sugar, slight smokiness
Palate: Sweet sherry, Christmas cake, Faint hint of peat
Finish: Sherry, Oily, Briny, Slight bitterness
I feel that this expression's strength is its nose. The sherry hits you hard with faint peat in the background, almost like a Highland Park. And then its all downhill from there. In my humble opinion, I feel that the Ardbeg Airigh Nam Beist is better in all categories.
@jdcook, Thank you for your kind words. The Black Bowmore is a good whisky but not a great one. And lets not even talk about the current pricing. I had 5 bottles but traded 3 of them, took a bottle to tastings, so I'm down to 1 bottle.
I apologize in advance for a poor 1st review. Its a lot harder than you think to write a review. Much respect to all members who have reviewed a whisky.