Bowmore’s series of The Devil’s Casks enjoys a mini-cult following. Not one that will inspire Hello Kitty and iPhone levels of fervour (or at least that’s what I think), but it’s clear that this is a bottle that people are on the prowl for. And it’s with glee and despair that fans here will welcome the latest and last edition in the series: The Devil’s Casks III.
You can catch up on the origins of the series here, but the story isn’t quite the driving force for its popularity; it’s just that it’s really hard to find a peated whisky that has been matured exclusively in first fill sherry – or at least that’s what made the mini-legend.
While the first two editions were essentially two sides of the same coin, the third is a completely different beast, at least on paper. The Devil’s Cask III no longer carries an age statement, and this time, it is vatting of whisky matured in two different types of first fill ex-sherry casks: Oloroso and Pedro Ximénez. The ex-Pedro Ximénez casks are a new addition, and brings the promise of sweetness and chocolate to the dark, fruity notes that Oloroso delivers. “Double the Devil”, is what they say.
However, it’s also double the price – the final chapter of The Devil’s Casks series can be had for a rather princely sum of S$392; all the more painful if you’re looking to complete your collection. It’s tough to swallow, but if the first two editions are anything to go by, the liquid here won’t be.
The Devil’s Casks III is available exclusively at The Beam Cellar, located at 229 Mountbatten Road, #01-03 to 07 / #01-17 to 19, Mountbatten Square, Singapore 398 007.
Official Tasting Notes
Bowmore The Devil’s Casks III
ABV 56.7%, 700ml
Nose Breathe in a wave of rich, dark, exotic fruits, including sultanas, mangos and raisins, fused with earthy angelica root and treacle toffee.
Palate Give in to temptation and sip the smooth, rounded taste of dates, chocolate fudge and salted treacle, warmed by orange-laced Aruba coffee.
Finish Savour the powerful, long-lasting finish of smoked fruitcake, blood orange and sea salt.