After The Devil’s Punch Bowl I, from Isle of Arran, was released in August 2012 by the Arran Distillery and was a big hit, why not do a sequel? Well they did and it is now being released in the US. Befitting the Devilish nature of this dram they are releasing 6,600 bottles world wide.
Like last year, this new release is pulled from multiple years, styles (peated and un-peated), and multiple casking, (sherry butts, sherry hogsheads, bourbon barrels). They drew from 27 different barrels.
“The Sherry Butts act like the rhythm section of a band setting the tone and driving the character of the malt. Deep in color and rich on the palate these casks are the heartbeat of this whisky. The 1996 Bourbon Barrels add a wonderful honeyed sweetness to proceedings whislst the Sherry Hogsheads imbue a perfect harmony of aroma and flavor. As a unique twist I have added some of our 2006 Peated Arran in combination with regualr un-peated Arran for the very first time giving the finish a subtle smoky edge,” says master distiller, James MacTaggart.
McTaggart continues, “Chapter II of The Devil’s Punch Bowl is a true contrast of light & shade, hence the title ‘Anglels & Devils’. The 1997 & 1998 hogsheads I have chosen provide the foundation for this whisky and add a rich and satisfying depth. These are the finest ex-Oloroso Spanish Oak casks and their influence is unmistakable with a distinctive spicy character and notes of cigar box and dark chocolate. If the sherry casks are the darkness then the 2002 barrels bring a ray of sunshine to the proceedings with soft vanilla notes and more of the typical Arran citrus emerging especially with a dash of water. Finally our oldest Peated Arran casks from 2004 bring an earthiness not found in other releases of The Arran Malt and add further complexity to this intriguing concoction.”
This is a limited release so don’t expect this to be found just anywhere or for very long. It is currently hitting California and will slowly make its way East. For us, in Missouri, unfortunately there is no allocation but I imagine you will be able to find this new bottling in Illinois at Binny’s and elsewhere.
Devils’s Punch Bowl II is bottled at Natural Cask Strength of 53.1% ABV