The Whisky Advocate has news that Islay is to become the home to a ninth distillery. The new distillery is to be called Gartbreck.
The distillery will be called Gartbreck and will be Islay’s smallest. It is presumed that it is named after Gartbreck Farm, which lies on the road from Bowmore to the airport and is within sight of the Bowmore distillery. Its lands stretch down to the sea loch.
It appears the distillery will be independent, although this is to be confirmed when an official anouncment is made in the coming months.
Bowmore have released a new smal batch expression called The Devil’s Cask. This 10yo malt is aged in first fill sherry casks and is bottled as a cask strength whisky.
Obviously, it arrives with its own rich “legend”.
Legend has it that the devil once visited the church in Bowmore. Now if you’ve ever seen it,you’ll know that the church is circular, built that way (so it’s said) so there would be no corner in which the devil could hide. The local congregation spotted the devil and chased him down through the village, into the gates of Bowmore Distillery. Here, the warehousemen were filling casks and loading them aboard the paddle steamer, The Maid of Islay. Gates and doors locked tight shut, every inch of the distillery was searched, but to no avail. As legend goes, the devil escaped in a cask of Bowmore bound for the mainland.