It is almost a month since Halloween, where I got the scariest of the surprises… my parcel with Bowmore Devil’s Cask sample got lost and I never got it… don’t cry yet! This is a happy end story :)
So almost a month later a replacement appeared on my door and here I am, ready to taste three fantastic whiskies from Morrison Bowmore Distillers: An lowlander, a Highlander and an Islay beauty.
So let’s taste them and let’s discover if all the hype about Devil’s Cask is based on anything…
I am not sure if this is the order that was used on the Halloween tasting but it is the one that I think can work best.
Auchentoshan Virgin Oak
“Surpringly fruity and with a strong spicy character. Always a pleasure to taste an Auchentoshan”
This dram has a amber-like color.
Nose (89): more than average. honey, fruits, wood, cherries, vanilla, apples, pepper. Quite fruity! Like a fruit salad.
Palate (88): powerful, oily. honey, wood, spices, vanilla, pepper, fruits, citrus, melon.
Finish (89): longer than average. honey, citrus, fruits.So based on other whiskies I have already tasted I rate this Auchentoshan Virgin Oak Lowland Single Malt Scotch Whisky with 89 points over 100.
Glen Garioch Virgin Oak
“Quite good! It is a hell more spicy than the Auchentoshan Virgin Oak”
This dram has a cooper-like color.
Nose (90): more than average. honey, spices, vanilla, cinnamon, apples, malt, citrus.
Palate (89): powerful, oily. honey, spices, citrus, vanilla, cinnamon, pepper, apples, wood.
Finish (89): longer than average. honey, spices, citrus.So based on other whiskies I have already tasted I rate this Glen Garioch Virgin Oak Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky with 89 points over 100.
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Bowmore 10 years old Devil’s Cask II
“Wooha! This is crazy fantastic! Would have I known before I would have fought for a bottle of Devil's Cask!”
This dram has a old oak-like color.
Nose (91): more than average. honey, smoke, peat, sherry, wood, chocolate, earth, raisins.
Palate (91): powerful, oily. honey, peat, citrus, spices, vanilla, cocoa, salt, wood.
Finish (91): longer than average. peat, cocoa, honey.So based on other whiskies I have already tasted I rate this Bowmore 10 years old Devil's Cask II with 91 points over 100.
Wooha! Definitively I want a bottle of Devil’s Cask. I don’t like Peat and sherry but when I like it, I really love it! It is not easy to get these two working together… but if it is done correctly you can get something stunning… like this whisky.
I also enjoyed a lot the Auchentoshan, it is always a pleasure to drink it and proves that triple distilled isn’t boring at all. Still not getting the point about Glen Garioch, it is a decent whisky but none of them really make me excited.