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Nose: slightly sharp, fragrant smoke. Somewhat reminiscent of burnt paper. Vague, lemony sweetness underneath. A bit of black cherry.
Taste: a thin mouthfeel leads into sweetly smoky flavours. A funkiness unique to Bowmore, that burnt wood/burnt paper note. Something ever so slightly off-putting, hard to put my finger on.
Finish: Smoky dryness.
Balance: with apologies to Bowmore fans, this has never been my favourite distillery and this bottling won't change my tune. Drinkable enough, but the thin feeling of the smoke doesn't sit well with those sharp citrus flavours. Again, something is just a little bit off for my taste.