BUSHMILLS® ANNOUNCES THE RELEASE OF ITS RARE 16 AND 21 YEAR OLD IRISH SINGLE MALTS – Irish Whiskey News

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BUSHMILLS® ANNOUNCES THE RELEASE OF ITS RARE 16 AND 21 YEAR OLD

IRISH SINGLE MALTS  

Bushmills, Co. Antrim, 19 December 2016:  Bushmills Irish Whiskey today announced the 2016 release of two rare, small batch 16 and 21-year-old single malts, both of which are matured and finished in three different cask types to create uniquely rich flavour profiles.

Both of these aged single malts from Ireland’s oldest working distillery boast a long list of international awards, recognising the immense craftsmanship that lies behind them. Only a small select number of casks of Bushmills small-batch, triple-distilled malt whiskey are matured to this age for release in these annual limited editions.

Colum Egan, Master Distiller at Bushmills Irish Whiskey, said: “To craft malts of this age and quality calls for all our expertise and knowledge. By carefully nurturing a small number of casks in our warehouses so that they age in the optimal conditions, we can draw layers of exquisite flavours from the wood, ensuring they are perfectly balanced with the unique distillery character of the unique Bushmills spirit made from 100% malted Irish barley.”

The complex and fruity Bushmills® 16 Year Old single malt has been aged for at least 16 years in a combination of Bourbon casks and Oloroso Sherry butts, before being vatted and married for nine months in large old Port pipes.

This careful ageing and finishing has produced a smooth and sweet single malt that tastes mature beyond its years, with flavours of honeyed nutty maltiness, toasted wood and sweet Port wine. Bushmills 16 Year Old single malt has won more than two dozen gold awards in international competitions.

Even rarer is the remarkable Bushmills® 21 Year Old single malt, the jewel in the crown of the Old Bushmills Distillery. Matured in American oak Bourbon and old Oloroso Sherry casks for at least 19 years, it spends two further years marrying in Madeira wine casks to craft a single malt of incredible depth, richness and complexity. With a mellow maltiness, with notes of wood and raisin, toffee sweetness, soft spice with hints of vanilla, dark chocolate, mint and leather.

The indulgent and smooth Bushmills 21 Year Old single malt is critically acclaimed, with a string of international awards to its name and has been classed at Best Irish Single Malt in Jim Murray’s 2017 Whisky Bible.

Colum Egan added: “With a heritage of more than 400 years of whiskey making in Bushmills, we know that only a combination of patience and great dedication to our craft makes such great whiskey possible.

“There is strong demand for Irish single malts, so we’re delighted to release these rare expressions for the ultra-premium end of the Irish whiskey category. Bottled at 40% ABV, they are both limited editions and will be available only from specialist independent retailers and on-trade outlets.

Notes 

TASTING NOTES

Bushmills 16 Year Old

Nose: Honeyed almonds, vanilla oakiness and delicate port wine notes.

Palate: Unique complexity, honeyed, nutty maltiness; toasted wood; sweet port wine flavours.

Finish:  Deep, sweet wine and fruit.

Bushmills 21 Year Old

Nose: Honeyed malt, wood, raisins, dark chocolate and a hint of mint.

Palate:  Wonderfully complex: mellow maltiness, wood, raisins, toffee sweetness, spice, vanilla and dark chocolate; hints of mint and leather.

Finish:  Lingering, with a slightly dry maltiness, wood and raisins.

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