Bowmore Black Rock Review

Bowmore Black Rock is part of the new travel retail whisky range that is reflective of Islay. Previously, Bowmore had an existing range with Enigma 12 yo, Bowmore Mariner 15 yo and Bowmore 17 yo. The new trio includes Bowmore Gold Reef and Bowmore White Sands.

Bowmore Black Rock
Bowmore Black Rock

Bowmore Black Rock has been released abroad for just over a year and has been well received in Europe. The new expression is now available in Australian travel retail.

Bottled at 40% ABV and peated at 25 ppm, Bowmore Black Rock is a no age statement whisky matured in predominantly ex-sherry casks. The whisky gets its bold sherry flavours from first fill casks, complexity and depth from second fill sherry and from ex bourbon casks.

In the glass, it is deep gold in colour but we know that Bowmore chill filter and use caramel colouring for consistency. On the nose, there is a soft sweetness with some caramel, oranges, and spicy tannins. On the palate, it starts smokey upfront then leads onto luscious sherry fruits and a sweet combination of raisins, cinnamon spice, Christmas cake with a hint of saltiness at the end. This dram pairs well with chocolate. The finish is one of a sherried peated dram but is rather short and indicative of a young whisky. A higher ABV may have given it more punch but would come at a higher price.

Bowmore Black Rock comes in a litre bottle and is well priced at $85 AUD travel retail.

Keep an eye out for Bowmore Gold Reef, matured in mainly first fill ex bourbon barrels with more saltiness and smoke, soon to be released into the Australian travel retail market.


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Corinne Mossati

Corinne Mossati is the Founder/Editor of popular online magazine Gourmantic and Cocktails & Bars, a website dedicated to cocktail culture and the discerning drinker. She is named in Australian Bartender Magazine’s Top 100 Most Influential List since 2013, is a member of The Academy responsible for judging the World’s 50 Best Bars. She has also judged the inaugural Australasian Whisky Awards and various national cocktail competitions.

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