Bushmills Irish Whiskey Adds Caribbean Rum Cask Finish To Its Lineup

By Gary Carter / April 20, 2021

One of the world’s oldest licensed whiskies, Bushmills, has got something new … a Caribbean rum cask finish.

The first in a series of new cask finish products from Bushmills Irish Whiskey that will be known as the Bushmills Original Cask Finish range, the Caribbean Rum Cask Finish was unveiled last week across the island of Ireland, and then on to whiskey markets across the world.

Bushmills’ describes the Cask Finish as their “award-winning single malt used in Bushmills Original Irish Whiskey, finished in hand-selected fine oak Caribbean Rum casks.” It’s then blended with the brand’s triple-distilled Irish grain whiskey to create tropical fruit and dry spice flavors.

Bushmills Caribbean Rum Cask Finish

Bushmills Caribbean Rum Cask Finish (image via Bushmills)

About those casks, first used in the Caribbean to hold rum for a minimum of seven years, each cask has been selected by local rum makers and transported to Ireland.

Over the course of several years in Bushmills’ warehouses, distiller’s official tasting notes show the casks add mellow aromas and flavors to Bushmills single malt in the cask finishing process. Distillers find the casks impart pineapple sweetness, caramelized brown sugar notes and toffee tones, and deliver a long, smooth finish.

The Bushmills Caribbean Rum Cask Finish is bottled at 80 proof.

Helen Mulholland, Bushmills Master Blender, said in a prepared statement the launch of the Cask Finish series is “an exciting and innovative move for Bushmills Irish Whiskey … as the world’s oldest licensed whiskey distillery, we have warehouses bursting with unique casks aging exquisite whiskey. We’re very excited to bring our latest innovation to new and discerning whiskey drinkers across the island of Ireland.”

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