Bowmore The Devil's Cask II Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky

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alc./vol: 56.3%

Proof: 112.6°

Vintage: Non-vintage

Aged: No age statement

Product of: Product of United Kingdom United Kingdom

Matured exclusively in first fill sherry casks and bottled without chill-filtration, this second no-age-statement edition, released in August 2014, follows the first Devil's Casks 10 year old release of 540 bottles in October 2013.

Bowmore The Devil's Cask celebrates a tall story, and I quote from the brand's press release, “the Devil was spotted in the round church of Bowmore and chased by 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.” Appropriately, the packaging features smoke illustrations and the Devil’s pitchfork.

Review and Tasting

Sampled on 18/08/2014


Clear, deep mahogany with coppery glints.


Pungent, pine, tar, cold dust, old leather, fruitcake, cinnamon spice, chocolate and iodine. Water opens and amplifies leathery aromas with vanilla fudge emerging.


Huge rather than just full-bodied. Tarry coal, rich fruitcake, oven baked sultana and raisins, tobacco, sea salt and pencil shavings. Go easy with the water - somethings are better left untamed.


Long, tar, rubber, spice and dried fruit with lingering tar, vanilla and spice.

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Closure: Natural cork stopper

More about Bowmore The Devil's Cask II

Produced by: Bowmore Distillery
Owned by: Morrison Bowmore Distillers Limited
UK distribution by: Edrington-Beam Suntory
UK consumer PR by: Margaret London
UK trade PR by: Margaret London

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