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Bowmore The Devil's Casks

10th September 2013
Bowmore The Devil's Casks, a spellbindingly rich dram.

Bowmore has announced the launch of The Devilís Casks Ė a devilishly delicious dram which has been matured exclusively - and unusually - for 10 years in the finest first fill sherry casks. Bowmore tell me that this non chill-filtered, small batch release which has been bottled at 56.9% ABV is bursting with Bowmoreís hot and fiery characteristics, deep mahogany colour and rich fruitcake flavour.

Created to celebrate one of Islayís most famous tales - a story shrouded in myth and legend - 6,000 bottles of The Devilís Casks will be released in October, appropriately just in time for Halloween.

It is said that the round shape of the church of Bowmore which I am sure any of you who have visited Bowmore on Islay will have come across was created to prevent the devil from hiding in a any corners. The story goes that the Devil was spotted in the round church of Bowmore and chased by the local congregation down into the No. 1 vaults at the Bowmore distillery. Here, as the warehousemen were filling casks and loading them aboard the paddle steamer (The Maid of Islay) the devil was lost. It is believed he escaped in a cask of Bowmore bound for the mainland.

The devil is in the detail when it comes to packaging for this delectable treat Ė the perfect addition to any whisky connoisseurís collection. A deep red box tells the story of the legend alongside smoke illustrations and a Devilís pitchfork suggesting the Devil himself isnít far away!

Bowmoreís Master of Malts Iain McCallum commented, "Ten yearís maturation in first fill sherry casks has brought out Bowmoreís fiery characteristics. The notes in this dram are hot and seductive. This small batch release is quite simply, devilishly good!"

6,000 bottle of the Devilís Casks has been released worldwide of these there will be 540 bottles in the UK priced at £50.99 RRP which is a great price for a unique small batch release bottled at 56.9% ABV. Get it while you can as I don't think this one will be on the shelves for long.

Bowmore The Devilís Casks is available from October.

Bowmore The Devil's Casks Tasting Notes

William Morrison's Tasting Notes:

Colour: Dark rich amber.

Nose: Wonderful dark fruits, touch of orange, toffee, nutty, Dundee cake Just a subtle touch of Bowmore's classic mild sea-salt peatiness in the background.

Taste: Dark chocolate orange coated brandy dipped burnt raisins and sultanas. Ripe peach, spiced vanilla toffee and a touch of cinnamon and dry ginger. As on the nose, just a subtle touch of mild sea-salt peatiness to remind you where this whisky came from.

Finish: Long, mildly drying. Dark chocolate, coffee, raisins, some sweet spice all lightly brushed with a deliciously mild Bowmore peat smoke.

Comment: Loved it! Bowmore just seem to get better and better at these limited editions. Undoubtedly this one is for those who like the big sherried drams and this one is a cracker. The classic Bowmore sea-salt peatiness becomes more apparent with each mouthful. I for one will be picking up a couple of bottles of this big sherried devil next month when it is released, an ideal dram for those fast approaching cold winter nights. Amongst the best new whiskies for your money that I have tasted this year.

SMW Score 94/100

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