Thursday, January 2, 2014
Bowmore Devil's Casks
Bowmore Devil's Casks, 10 yo, 56.9% abv ($100).
The nose hits you first with a dry but fruity sherry backed up with smoke. The palate is milk chocolate with peat (a new M&M flavor?). It's quite sweet but with much less sherry character than I would expect, though some of the sherry contributes to the milk chocolate note. By the finish, the peat has clearly won over the sherry.
This is a decent malt, but the strong sweetness on the palate kicks it out of balance. It's hard to recommend at the price, which is about $30 more than Laphroaig Cairdeas or Laprhoaig Cask Strength, both of which I prefer.