The Devil has a cult following. The Devil’s Cask that is. When Islay-based distillery Bowmore introduced the Batch I and II a couple of years ago, little did they know that the series would became collectors’ gems. And why not? The contents of both bottles are rich, complex and very delicious, with a flavour profile that belies their tender years. The recently release Bowmore Devil’s Cask III runs along the same vein.
The final bottling in the Bowmore Devil’s Cask series is a blend of whiskies from two first-fill sherry casks. Specifically, the Batch III contains whiskies from casks that were used to contain Pedro Ximénez (PX) Sherry and Dry Oloroso Sherry. It is interesting to note that this is the first time that Bowmore is using PX casks.
“When blending different casks together to make a single malt you have to be conscious of not overpowering the final flavour you are trying to achieve,” said John Cashman, Bowmore global brand ambassador, on how the Batch III is created.
He also explained the decision not to include an age statement. “PX is notoriously difficult to work with as the flavours can easily take control of a whisky and thus lose the nuances that make it special in the first place. For a single malt as delicate and balanced as Bowmore, 10 years exclusively in a PX cask would overpower the final product so we decided to add the PX matured liquid when we felt it best complemented the Bowmore spirit.”
Calibre had a tasting of the Batch III.
Nose: Very rich. Tropical fruits, reminiscent of mangos and pineapples. Toffee.
Palate: Preserved dates, chocolate fudge and freshly brewed espresso. Gentle peat.
Finish: Finish is unsurprisingly long, with fruitcake and a hint of salt.
I tried the Devil’s Cask Batch I one day before this tasting and Batch II many moons ago. I felt that the Batch III is more restrained compared to its predecessors, but a great-tasting dram nevertheless.
The Devil’s Casks III is available at The Beam Cellar, located at 229 Mountbatten Road, #01-03 to 07 / #01-17 to 19, Mountbatten Square, Singapore 398 007.