In celebration of the 415th anniversary of its licence to distil, Bushmills Irish Whiskey has revealed two new rare aged whiskeys, which have been created as permanent additions to its core range: 25-year-old and 30-year-old single malts.
Both are deep triple-distilled.
Bushmills’ 25 Year Old is a 46% ABV, non-chill-filtered Irish single malt that has been matured at the Old Bushmills Distillery for four to six years before being finished in ruby port pipes for up to 21 years.
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The 30 Year Old, distilled in 1992, will be the oldest expression released as part of the Bushmills core range to date. Bottled at 46% ABV and non-chill filtered, this whiskey has been matured for 14 years before being finished in Pedro Ximénez sherry casks for 16 years.
Alex Thomas, Bushmills’ master blender, commented, “We are obsessed with our ingredients, our processes, and the wood we put our whiskey in. Oak has been our infatuation for over 400 years.
“Over 30 years ago, we travelled all over Europe to hand select the casks for these fabulous whiskeys. We collaborated with winemakers to specify the fortified-wine recipe used to season them and create the flavours of our future Bushmills whiskey.
“We still engage in this process, down to the detail of cask toasting times and temperatures before we add the wine. We leave the casks to season for at least a couple of years in the hot European climate before transporting them back to Bushmills. We only ship them during colder months, to keep them ‘fresher’ for the long maturation ahead.
“We’re proud of that mastery and expertise that ensures every cask is at its freshest and most flavourful to mature our Bushmills whiskey. It means our 25 Year Old bursts with intense hedgerow dark fruit and a luxurious honey sweetness. It ensures our 30 Year Old boasts an exquisite and enticing raisin, fig and praline richness. Even though it takes a lifetime of skill to make something great, it takes an obsession to make something legendary.”
The launch coincides with the opening of the new £37 million Causeway Distillery. The 39,000-square-foot facility is situated on the same site as the Old Bushmills Distillery.
The opening is part of Proximo Spirits’ £60 million investment in its Irish single-malt distilling and ageing facility at Bushmills over the past five years. The investment includes additional warehousing and infrastructure, alongside the distillery build, to support the now doubled production capacity.
Bushmills’ 25- and 30-year-old Irish single-malt whiskeys are available in selected retailers.
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