Aged: No age statement
Product of: United Kingdom
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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.
Sampled on 18/08/2014
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