Signifying the sector of Whiskey, the hallmark of Irish whiskey producers – The Old Bushmills Distillery is undoubtedly worthy of manifold attention, as they are the oldest licensed whiskey distillery in the world, providing their exclusively rare and groundbreaking collection to the world for centuries now. The launch of the Causeway Collection last year stood out to be a ravishing accomplishment not only to the Bushmills but the entire beverage genre of cuisine, ranked them among the top producers of scotch whiskey in the world. The collection features twelve new releases launched worldwide across 8 markets and includes two bottlings exclusively released for the island of Ireland: 2000 Port Cask, a first for Bushmills Irish Whiskey, and Bushmills 1991 Madeira Cask aged in rare Madeira casks for over 20 years.
The 2000 Port Cask single malt whiskey has been aged for over twenty years in a port cask non-chill-filtered. The Old Port casks, being one of the oldest ones housed a distinct aroma of an abundance of summer fruit flavours which includes red fruits, ripe raspberry and plum, leading to strawberry, caramelised toffee, giving a sweet chilli and allspice flavour on the palate. The finished product is said to have a lingering sweet-spicy taste. The whiskey is said to have a natural strength of 54.1% ABV. Due to its exclusivity, only 2,322 bottles will be available, which has been priced at £260 (US$350) per 700ml. The whiskey will be on sale in the UK from the end of November through Hedonism, Master of Malt, Selfridges, and The Whisky Exchange.
The Bushmills 1991 Madeira Cask on the contrary has matured for over 13 years in a combination of Oloroso Sherry butts and Bourbon barrels, before being filled into Madeira wine casks for another 15 years. Having been soaked deeply and long into the oak grain barrel in a non-chill-filtered it imparts an aroma of charred oak aromas and mandarin toasted cocoa and black coffee sweetness, emerging a nutty praline creaminess, chocolate and coffee taste on the palate, with dried fruit and a long finish. It is bottled at a cask strength of 50.2% ABV, due to its exclusivity it is limited to just 738 bottles only. The whiskey will be available exclusively through The Whisky Shop from 1 November.
“All the whiskeys used in The Causeway Collection have been expertly crafted and cared for in a unique whiskey-making tradition passed from generation to generation for more than 400 years here at The Old Bushmills Distillery.” He further added, “The Causeway Collection celebrates our extremely rare and unique cask finishes, our passion for single malts, and honours our rich heritage. It’s a privilege to work with such rare liquid, these special cask-finished 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.”By Colum Egan, Bushmills Master Distiller
To celebrate this special release, Bushmills Irish Whiskey has collaborated with George the Poet, full name George Mpanga, to create a poem inspired by the brand’s heritage. As part of the brand’s Singular Tales campaign, Mpanga has recorded a spoken word performance of the poem, which will feature across Bushmills’ social media channels. The poem aims to encourage people to share their tales over a glass of whiskey.
Earlier this year, the Irish whiskey brand released the first two expressions in its new cask-finished range. The first two offerings from the series, the Caribbean Rum Cask Finish and the American Oak Cask Finish, are the latest additions to the Bushmills family and the latest creations from Bushmills Master Blender, Helen Mulholland.