The Devil’s Casks is a series of small batch releases from Bowmore, matured exclusively in first fill sherry casks, quite unusual for Bowmore.
The first edition was already highly sought after in 2013 and now there is Bowmore Devil’s Cask II.
Bowmore 10 yo ‘Devil’s Cask II’
(56,3%, OB 2014, first fill sherry)
Nose: deep, juicy sherry mixed with sweet peat. Blackcurrants, dates and dark chocolate. Strawberry candy. Flints. Some liquorice and walnuts. Hints of tar and coal smoke, as well as a faint hint of plum-lacquered ribs. The balance is just right.
Mouth: pretty big smoke fills the palate, joined by a rich sweetness. Barbecued pineapple, red berries, chocolate cake with cherries. Really thick and tarry, with traces of earthy notes and peppercorn. A salty edge as well.
Finish: really long, little fruity notes now, just sweet liquorice and smoke.
Bowmore is on a roll – almost all of their new products are good to very good. The Devil’s Cask is the total opposite of Bowmore Tempest, but both are very good at what they do. Around € 80.