New Release: Bushmills 25 & 30 Year Old
We are so excited for these two incredible releases from the folks at the worlds oldest licensed distillery, Bushmills. We're first to market on this one, so you heard it here first! The impressive whiskies have been aged for a total of a quarter of a century and three decades, respectively. Pre-order now!
Bushmills are one of the few whiskey producers to continue to triple distil 100% malted barley in copper pot stills to make single malt whiskey. The area around the distillery has a long tradition with distillation. According to one story, as far back as 1276, an early settler called Sir Robert Savage of Ards fortified his troops with “a mighty drop of acqua vitae”. In 1608, a licence was granted to Sir Thomas Phillips by King James I to distil whiskey. The Bushmills Old Distillery Company itself was not established until 1784 by Hugh Anderson. Since then, it has undergone tumultuous times to become one of the most popular Irish whiskeys on the market. As the owners put it: Bushmills is the ‘oldest because it is the best, not best because it is oldest’.
Bushmills 25 Year Old
An incredible expression from the world’s oldest licensed distillery, the Bushmills 25 Year Old was initially matured in bourbon barrels and sherry butts, before being lovingly finished in a single first-fill ruby port pipe oak cask for a further 21 years. The casks are made from delicate European oak, and specially sourced from a family-run cooperage. Only 3,500 bottles availabe. Bottled at 46% abv, and free from chill filtration. Expect notes of blackberry, plum, honey and toasted oak on the nose, leading to luxurious flavours of sweet almonds, caramelized fruit, dark chocolate and hints of mixed spice on the palate. The finish brings a port sweetness, with lasting touches of warm, spiced oak.
Bushmills 30 Year Old
The pinnacle of Bushmills obsession with oak, and perfection in Irish single malt whisky, Bushmills 30 Year Old is a stunningly rare expression from the world’s oldest licensed distillery. Aged in bourbon barrels and sherry butts for an initial 14 years, the liquid was then finished in a first-fill Pedro Ximénez sherry casks for a further 16 year slumber. Only 1,500 bottles have been crafted. Bottled at 46% abv, and free from chill filtration. On the nose, we find inviting aromas of dried fruit and sticky toffee, leading to a smooth palate of date and fig flavours, followed by praline, orange peel, vanilla and sweet pastries. On the close, the delectable dried fruit and toffee notes linger on.
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