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Bowmore Black Rock was released in 2014 as travel retail exclusive expression. It was matured in both ex-sherry and ex-bourbon casks and is named after Blackrock, a large rock that is located in Loch Indaal and that can be seen from the distillery.
The nose is sweet and slightly rubbery. Notes of sherry are right up front, followed by cinnamon, orange peel, and burnt caramel, with smoke hovering discreetly in the background.
The palate is medium-bodied and spicy. Sherry sweetness goes together with flavours of vanilla, cinnamon, and oranges. Smoke is there but rather subdued.
The finish is short and fades quickly. Notes of oranges and soft smoke round this one off.
While the nose was quite lovely, both palate and finish were too thin for my taste. This is by no means a bad whisky but it lacks personality. Travel retail seems to be a fitting place for this expression.