A big one litre bottling of a whisky with one of the best stories in the industry.
Bowmore is one of the very oldest distilleries in Scotland, and over the course of its smoky history has picked up more than one or two stories. Yet one stands out the most. The story goes that the round church at Bowmore was so designed so the devil had no corner in which to hide.
One day the devil did turn up, and was chased by an angry mob of locals down to the distillery gates, which he slipped through. The devil then made his escape by leaping into a cask of Islay malt whisky, which was shipped to the mainland. Inspired by this story Bowmore released a series of deeply-sherried drams called “The Devil”s Cask”.
This particular whisky can be seen as a “spin-off” to the main series, as it is “inspired” by the original range. It also mixes up the recipe a little, introducing some Red Wine Barriques to the maturation, and carrying an age statement of 10 years.
The whisky itself is quite delectable, rich in chocolately, spicy fruit notes, with a good deal of toasted oak and vanilla flavours accompanying the inherent, slightly floral peat of Bowmore. The wine influence is a perfect match for the smoke of Bowmore’s whisky.
This whisky has been bottled at 46% ABV, and without chill filtration, meaning that the spirit is full in both flavour and mouthfeel.
The bottle is clearly highly inspired by both the red flames of hell and red colour of the wine used to produce it! An excellent addition to a range of delightfully devilish drams.