Bushmills recently launched of two rare, single malt Irish whiskeys as part of the brand’s new “World Wood” series created exclusively for global travel retail. Seasoned in casks from across the world, the first two expressions – a 15 Year Old and a 21 Year Old single malt – are available now.
The 15 Year Old single malt is a combination of 15 Year Old ex-bourbon first and second-fill American oak casks that’s been matured at the Old Bushmills Distillery for a decade and a and bottled at 46% ABV, so that, according to official tasting notes, “the sweet, nutty, and complex flavour profile can be savoured to the full. The result is an amber gold whiskey with inviting aromas of toasted oak, warm caramel, vanilla, and subtle hints of hazelnut.
“The taste is a unique marriage of clove, toffee apple, honeyed vanilla, and sweet apricot, with a smooth and gently warming finish that leaves you wanting more.”
The 21 Year Old single malt, meanwhile, is aged in bourbon barrels and oloroso sherry butts for a minimum of 18 years before finishing in rare first-fill Marsala wine casks from Sicily for three years. Each of these hand-selected barriques has been seasoned with Marsala Fine Ambra Semisecco DOC, then lightly toasted.
Bottled at 46% ABV, this whiskey has official tasting notes which indicate, that, “n the nose, intriguing aromas of caramelised brown sugar and gentle toasted oak interwoven with candied orange and vanilla. The spirit’s long wait in three types of wood gives a decadent flavour, with luxurious notes of warming ginger and stone fruits mingled with hazelnut, chocolate, and mellow oak, culminating in a sweet, lingering finish that fades slowly.”
Bushmills 15 and 21 Year Old GTR exclusive single malt Irish whiskeys are available throughout Asia Pacific and Dublin Airport, Ireland Duty Free stores. The 15 year is priced at $90 for 700ml, while Bushmills 21 Year Old is priced at $265 for 700ml.