Bowmore Black Rock

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Predominately Ex-Spanish Sherry Casks
40.0 % Vol.
1000 ml
Bottle code
Bottled for
Travel Retail
Added on
09 Aug 2016 8:12 am by RoyC

Average value

€ 40.95

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Whisky Reviews for Bowmore Black Rock

4 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 81.36 points

  1. wbarchive_336582 scored this whisky 76 points Member Senior

    Malthead: 76 points https://www.malthead.org/malthead/a-sixpack-bowmore-s

  2. wbarchive_336582 scored this whisky 76 points Member Senior

    Malthead: 76 points https://www.malthead.org/malthead/a-sixpack-bowmore-s

  3. Querky scored this whisky 77 points Expert Junior

    Well, I know of Bowmore's abilities, but I can't help myself but think that under Suntory's influence the best thing you can do is to avoid their official bottlings. The whisky itself has some interesting edges, that seem to be straightened out too much, making it plain and disappointing for me.
    If you're looking for a very inoffensive whisky, that's easy to quaff and doesn't need any further regard, then you've found what you're looking for.
    • Nose
      76 76
      First impression, as soon as poured into the glass: smoke, of course. A closer sniff brings up dried figs, ashes, some lightweight raisin-sweetness, followed by caraway, molten plastic, faint sherry notes, all interfused with light and almost bitter smoke. Revisiting the glass again and again brings up something unpleasant, slightly prickly each time that reminds me of carbonic acid, as if you'd open a bottle of sparkling water you left in your sun-exposed car.
    • Taste
      72 72
      Soft, light-bodied, very fragile. The moment you begin to taste it, it's almost gone. Sweetness, smoke, that's it. A few sips later the sweetness turns out to be watery sherry, accompanied by indefinable flowery aromas.
      Very inoffensive and dull.
    • Finish
      82 82
      The best part of the whole thing! Here we've got a lovely bitter cocoa note, hand in hand with classic (but again quite light) sherry characteristics, raisins and naturally soft smoke, reminding of ashes and coal. Unfortunately after a rather short interlude some synthetic sweetness is all that remains.

  4. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur


    N: Spongey and meaty [again], with a Rampur-esque funk that is settling down, engine oil/ slick, tractor fuel, scorched rubber and popadom oil. Also a dry ashy, slight farmy attribute. Interesting stuff.
    T: A soft, thin almost fragile arrival. Likely sherry influence, though light with mild floral suggestions drifting upon the pool of vagueness. It’s the first whisky tonight where the cask hasn’t been the main driver.
    F: Lovely raisin-light distillate with further light sherry cask indicators. Final moves reveal dry cocoa after coal>tar with a light woody ashy finish - or is that the previous Longrow speaking? There is an ashy-ness on the nose so probably not.
    C: I guessed an undisclosed Islay malt from Aldi with 27 years of inactivity on the clock, but no. It’s a duty free NAS exclusive but I don’t get the impression it’s predominantly very young. An everyday drinking whisky for sure, one I could imagine drinking a lot of very easily. Holiday’s coming up!Scores a C


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