The Devil's punchbowl is a 2012 limited release of 6660 bottles inspired by the glacial hollow Coire na Ciche whose sinister presence dominates the north-east coast of Arran. It is a vatting of 24 casks hand picked by Arranís distillery manager James MacTaggart. He says†"I have selected the casks for the Devilís Punch Bowl with a view to creating a special release of The Arran Malt where the sum is even greater than the wonderful parts. The Sherry Butts act like the rhythm section of a band; setting the tone and driving the character of the malt. Deep in colour and rich on the palate these casks are the heartbeat of this whisky. The 1996 Bourbon Barrels add a wonderful honeyed sweetness to proceedings whilst the Sherry Hogsheads imbue a perfect harmony of aroma and flavour. As a unique twist I have added some of our 2006 Peated Arran, in combination with regular un-peated Arran for the very first time, giving the finish a subtle smoky edge. They say the Devil has all the best tunes but here he has the perfect whisky too".
The Whisky Tasting Club Notes:
Nose: Slightly muddy and orange marmalade at first, then softer, toffee, fresh coconut, grape and sherry. Chocolate raisins.
Palate: Underlying smoke, sherry, spice and citrus, toffee, strawberry jam on burnt toast.
Retails for around £66