St. Patrick has smiled on me today as a bit of preplanning has helped me acquire several bottles of this years Devil's Bit from McMenamins in Portland. Don't have them in hand quite yet of course but I have been looking forward to it since Chuck Cowdery blogged about them last year.
information from a blog about it indicates this year the whiskey has a rather convoluted history. It reportedly is a single barrel Hogshead that has gone through some rather unique twists and turns. First copper pot double distilled in 2006 from 100 percent two row malted barley, it was barreled in a charred, new American white oak barrel at a whopping 160 proof. After sitting for two years, it was cut to 115 proof and then rebarreled into a smaller American white oak cask. Sitting for a further two years, half of it was used for a Devil’s Bit release and the other half was put into a used port-style wine barrel for further aging. Fast forward three more years and the whiskey was transferred to a used wheat whiskey barrel for a year to “calm the port influence.” What’s has now been released comes in at 92 proof and fills around 1,000 or so 200ml bottles. It is being describe as an eight-year-old single barrel whiskey produced from malted barley that’s been aged in four distinct barrels.
The single barrel designation sounds like they are using the same interpretation of a "single barrel" that Glendronach does.
Reported tasting notes include a description of "an amber whiskey with a garnet hue that on the nose has subdued port notes and nutty, spicy grain characteristics. It shows itself on the palate as rich chocolate cake with cherry glaze, finishing with some slight hints of dryness and a lingering sweetness."
It sounds like it will be my kind of whiskey!But I don't have a clue what it will taste like.
At least not yet!