Bowmore is one of the most iconic distilleries on Islay, which says a lot considering that Islay also includes the likes of Lagavulin and Laphroaig, and it dates back to 1779. To put that into perspective, in the same year Bowmore opened its doors, the settlement that would become Chicago was founded.
An institution that old has not just stories, but myths and legends surrounding it. One of Bowmore’s is that the Devil himself once visited the village church. The building being circular, Satan had no place to hide, and the villagers chased him into the distillery, whence he disappeared. They say he slipped out in a cask bound for the mainland.
A legend like that one sounds like what a temperance preacher might use to get Bowmore closed, but the distillery chose to use it to name a series of small batch limited editions, The Devil’s Casks. This installment, Devil’s Cask III, is no age statement (NAS), and was bottled at cask strength, 56.7% ABV.