-Following the success of the Causeway Collection launch in 2020, selling out in a record 24 hours-

London, Bushmills® Irish Whiskey, the pioneers of Irish single malt, from the world’s oldest licensed whiskey distillery, is introducing two new and rare expressions, in Great Britain’s second annual release of The Causeway Collection, ushering in a new chapter in the development of exquisite Irish single malts. Last year, the highly coveted 2001 Feuillette Cask sold out in less than 24-hours. This Autumn, Bushmills is introducing two cask strength expressions exclusive to Great Britain. The Causeway Collection 1991 Madeira Cask will be available to buy exclusively from The Whisky Shop and The Causeway Collection 2000 Port Cask will be available at selected specialist retailers nationally.

The Bushmills 1991 Madeira Cask is an incredibly rare release of only 738 bottles. The expression has been aged for over 13 years in a mix of oloroso sherry butts and bourbon barrels before going through an unrivalled maturation period of 15 years in first-fill Madeira wine casks. Bushmills is a master in the art of honing time to achieve rich flavour and the Madeira cask is no exception. The resulting, highly unique, Irish single malt whiskey is rich with a deep, sweet, fruity character and overtones of creamy pralines and black coffee and bottled at a cask strength of 50.2% abv

The Bushmills 2000 Port Cask is also an unparalleled Irish single malt having spent its entire life in rare first-fill ruby port casks. After an incredible 20 year maturation in wine casks from Portugal, this whiskey is imbued with big, bold and luscious red fruit flavours. The Port 2000 Cask expression is bottled at a cask strength of 54.1% abv.

With a rich heritage in craftmanship, tradition and storytelling, each generation at Bushmills are custodians of time and the creation of fine liquid. Launching two new rare Irish single malt releases inspired by the natural wonder and mythical tales of the Giant’s Causeway. The fortified port wine cask adds waves of sweet, caramelised toffee notes, balanced by a hint of sweet chili.

Steeped in myth and legend, the UNESCO World Heritage site the Giant’s Causeway is just a stone’s throw from the Old Bushmills Distillery and has been a source of inspiration to Bushmills’ Master Distillers for centuries. The Causeway’s extraordinary hexagonal columns, each unique but perfectly locked together, much like the unique and extremely rare casks of Irish single malt whiskeys selected to create The Causeway Collection. Both are shaped by their surroundings and interact with the alchemy of nature. Every drop of spring water from the River Bush drawn by the distillery will have lapped the same mineral rich basalt rock as the Causeway itself.

Bottled at cask strength 50.2%, non chill-filtered and priced at £695 for 700ml, just 738 bottles of the 1991 Madera Cask will be available to purchase through The Whisky Shop from W/C 1st November.

The 2000 Port Cask will be available nationally at select spirits retailers, including: Hedonism, Master of Malt, Selfridges and The Whiskey Exchange, amongst others from the end of November, bottled at cask strength 54.1% ABV, non chill-filtered. Only 2,322 bottles are available with an RSP of £260 for 700ml.

The Causeway Collection limited series joins the existing Bushmills Irish single malt collection comprising a 10 year old, 16 year old and 21 year old. Colum Egan, Bushmills Master Distiller, said: “All the whiskeys used in The Causeway Collection have been expertly created and cared for by craftsmen steeped in a unique whiskey-making tradition passed from generation to generation for more than 400 years here at The Old Bushmills Distillery.

“The Causeway Collection celebrates our extremely rare and unique casks, our passion for single malts and honours our rich heritage. It’s a privilege to work with such rare liquid, these special cask whiskeys really are our greatest treasures. We were delighted with how the Bushmills Causeway Collection was received globally in 2020, with some even selling out in minutes – and we can’t wait to share this year’s Collection with the world.”

For more information visit bushmills.com/causeway-collection.

Tasting notes

The Bushmills Causeway Collection 1991 Madeira Cask
Colour: Antique gold
Nose: Rich fruit notes with hints of mandarin orange, toasted
cocoa, black coffee and charred oak
Palate: Sweet fruit gives way to a nutty praline creaminess, notes
of smooth chocolate and just a touch of black coffee
Finish: The mellow comforting heat continues, the dried fruit
returns ending with a long dry finish

The Bushmills Causeway Collection 2000 Port Cask
Colour: Red gold
Nose: Luscious red fruits, the perfume of ripe raspberry and
plum with a hint of grapefruit
Palate: Bold ripe red strawberry flavours intermingle with
caramelised toffee and the growing warmth of sweet chilli and allspice
Finish: Sweet spiciness that lingers on the palate

A fresh, fruity whiskey: BUSHMILLS 10 YEAR OLD SINGLE MALT
Nose: Fresh and zesty, honey, ripe fruit, vanilla and milk
Taste: Soft vanilla, milk chocolate, toasted wood
Finish: Crisp, clean and gently drying
RRP £35, 70cl, ABV 40%

A bold and spicy dram: BUSHMILLS 16 YEAR OLD SINGLE MALT
Nose: Big, robust, treacle toffee and sweet spice
Taste: Concentrated, full bodied, caramelised fruits and toasted nuts
Finish: Deep, jammy berries, milk chocolate
RRP £85, 70cl, ABV 40%.

A complex and rare treat: BUSHMILLS 21 YEAR OLD SINGLE MALT
Nose: Honey, ripe fruit and sweet hazelnuts
Taste: Rich, dark chocolate notes, vanilla and toasted wood
Finish: Long and delicate
RRP £165, 70cl, ABV 40%

About Bushmills® Irish Whiskey

Bushmills® Irish whiskey is crafted with care and passion at the world’s oldest licensed whiskey distillery, The Old Bushmills Distillery. Bushmills has more than 400 years of whiskey-making heritage, which has been passed down through generations. The brand’s award-winning triple distilled single malt whiskey is renowned for its signature smooth taste. www.bushmills.com

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