Old Bushmills Distillery Co. in Northern Ireland, is introducing a new annual series, “The Rare Casks”. The initial release from this collection features Bushmills 28 Year Old Single Malt Cognac Cask Whiskey.
Bushmills, who calls itself the world’s oldest licensed whiskey distillery has a history dating back more than 400 years to 1608. The new Bushmills 28 Year Old Single Malt Cognac Cask is expertly crafted by Irish whiskey’s first female Master Blender Master Blender Helen Mulholland. She’s kept a watchful eye over this exceptional single malt since its distillation in 1992.
Made at the Old Bushmills Distillery along the rugged County Antrim coast of Ireland, the whiskey is handcrafted with ingredients from a distinct recipe that has been passed down for centuries. Using the same foundation of all Bushmills’ single malt whiskeys – 100% unpeated malted barley and the freshest spring water from the nearby River Bush – Bushmills 28 Year Old Single Malt Cognac Cask is then triple distilled in small batches in traditional copper pot stills, achieving the smoothness and richness for which Bushmills is known.
“At Bushmills, the foundation of our whiskey is the quality of ingredients and the experience and skill we have passed down through generations. Throughout my almost 30-year career at Bushmills, I have nurtured this special whiskey from its distillate, experimenting with different taste profiles and finally resting it in some of the world’s rarest and highest quality casks,” says Mulholland.
“Maturing this precious malt in former Cognac casks has brought out unique notes and characteristics specific to Cognac, developing the whiskey into something new and distinct for Bushmills, with bold intensity and subtle sweetness. Bushmills 28 Year Old Single Malt Cognac Cask is a time capsule of my career at the distillery, and one of the most complex and layered whiskeys ever released by us.”
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Matured in Bourbon and Olorosa Sherry Barrels for 11 Years then Cognac Casks for 17 Years
Matured in former bourbon and Oloroso sherry barrels for 11 years, the single malt is then finished in ultra-rare Cognac casks for 17 years, each cask having been carefully sourced under the expert direction of Mulholland. On the nose, rounded sweet spicy wood aromas develop the deep dried fruit character, offering a hint of pear and almond followed by warm sweet vanilla and cinnamon undertones. The exceptionally long finish continues to develop as complex wood flavors linger on the palate.
“We are in the midst of an exciting Irish whiskey revival, where last year the category was the single fastest-growing segment overall for the U.S. spirits market,” says Lander Otegui, Senior Vice President of Marketing at Proximo Spirits. “The new annual series, ‘The Rare Casks,’ is a must for any collector looking to expand their whiskey repertoire, and discover the unique, smooth taste that sets Bushmills Irish Whiskey single malts apart from any Scotch single malt.”
“Bushmills 28 Year Old Single Malt Cognac Cask and ‘The Rare Casks’ series is a fitting tribute to the world’s oldest licensed whiskey distillery, and we are excited to share this extremely rare piece of liquid history with whiskey fans across the United States.”
Limited Release of Less than 500 Bottles of ‘The Rare Casks’
With less than 500 bottles available, Bushmills 28 Year Old Single Malt Cognac Cask is available now in the United States with a suggested retail price of $500.
Parent company Proximo Spirits portfolio includes Jose Cuervo® tequila, Gran Centenario® Tequila, Bushmills® Irish Whiskey, Stranahan’s® Rocky Mountain Single Malt Whiskey, The Kraken® Black Spiced Rum, TINCUP® American Whiskey and Boodles® British Gin.