I first tasted Bowmore The Devil’s Cask at a food and whisky pairing dinner during the Dîner Des Grands Chefs Singapour event earlier this year. My second encounter with The Devil’s Cask, an amazingly complex whisky full of fruitcake and tabacco notes with an exceptionally long and full-bodied finish that hails from the distlliery’s vaunted No. 1 Vaults, came at the Beam Suntory Whisky & Wine Experience at Beerfest Asia where I was impressed enough that I bought a bottle for my collection.
So you can imagine I had absolutely no hesitation whatsoever when the folks at Beam Suntory invited me for a preview tasting of the Bowmore The Devil’s Cask II, together with fellow whisky geeks from local whisky communities Whiskies Friskies and DramFull Singapore.
The first edition of Bowmore’s The Devil’s Cask was one of the most sought-after whiskies of last year, and its predecessor The Devil’s Cask II is likely to enjoy quite a bit of attention for being similarly aged in first-fill sherry casks that should give the 10-year old aged spirit mellowed sweetness despite its young age. Which explained why it was a full turnout that night.
For the event, Morrison Bowmore Distillers (MBD) global brand ambassador Gordon Dundas was on hand to introduce not only The Devil’s Cask II, but also Bowmore's various other expressions, which we got to pair with some canapes.