Two 2023 Causeway Collection releases exclusive to Ireland
Bushmills Irish Whiskey has unveiled two expressions from its 2023 Causeway Collection which will be available exclusively on the island of Ireland.
These references are part of the 2023 release, the fourth, of the prestigious Causeway Collection from the world’s oldest licenced whiskey distillery. Curated and selected by Bushmills’ visionary Master Blender, Alex Thomas, it features nine rare cask-finished Irish single malts boasting unprecedented finishing in diverse, rare and unique casks from across the globe.
On 7 November 2023, Alex confirmed that the two expressions, carefully selected from Bushmills’ unparalleled aged reserves, are a 2010 Cognac Cask and a 1999 New American Oak Cask.
The 2010 Cognac Cask is a limited-edition cask strength, non chill-filtered single malt that has spent seven years maturing in OIoroso sherry butts and bourbon barrels before being finished in fine cognac casks from the Charente region in France for a further five years.
Speaking about the release, Alex Thomas commented:
“This is a sensational whiskey which we tasted two years ago and laid down again to allow the magic of the cask infuse the whiskey, and the result is truly exceptional. The years have intensified the cognac’s Ugni Blanc grape aromas, resulting in a single malt bursting with ripe pear and buttery honeycomb with layers of deeper cinnamon spice, leather and dried fruits.”
The second exclusive release for the Irish market is a 1999 New American Oak Cask. This limited-edition, cask strength, non chill-filtered single malt has spent an incredible 23 years patiently maturing in the finest virgin American oak casks.
“This unparalleled single malt has spent its entire life maturing in the finest new American oak casks. We filled the casks with new make spirit and left the liquid untouched, to marry with this wood. The fresh oak imparts layers of rich flavour over time – wonderful vanilla intensity, coconut, warm spice and creamy chocolate.
“The decades have amplified the rich oak notes, adding layers of caramelised fruit and cinnamon, leaving a deep, sweet velvety vanilla finish with warm wood spices. It’s a sensational whiskey that stands with the best of Irish single malt!”
A striking new bottle and pack design have been revealed for the collection this year to complement the beauty and excellence of the whiskey within. Their understated and timeless elegance come as a bold statement by Bushmills in the realm of prestige single malts.
The boundless creativity and expertise of Bushmills’ Master Blender, Alex Thomas shine through in every aspect of these limited edition, cask-finished Irish single malts:
“The sensational whiskeys in the Causeway Collection deliver bold, untold waves of flavour that pay homage to the heritage and natural landscape of Bushmills. We are delighted to share these very special innovations for whiskey lovers throughout Ireland.”
Each decision from the cask selection and seasoning process, to the bottling and packaging is a testament to Bushmills’ relentless pursuit of perfection, and their vision to continue crafting ground-breaking and prestigious single malt whiskeys.
The 2010 Cognac Cask and the 1999 New American Oak Cask will be available through specialist retailers and to purchase online across the island of Ireland from 9th November.
Only limited bottles of the 2010 Cognac Cask will be available, bottled at 53.8% ABV, non chill-filtered and priced at €125/£115 for 700ml.
Only limited bottles of the 1999 New American Oak Cask will be available, bottled at 50.1% ABV, non chill-filtered and priced at €450/£425 for 700ml.
For more information visit www.bushmills.eu/causeway-collection
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