Bushmills 16 Year Old Small Batch (40% ABV) has been aged for at least 16 years in a combination of bourbon casks and Oloroso sherry butts, before being vatted and married for nine months in large old Port pipes. Bushmills 21 Year Old Small Batch (40% ABV) has been matured in American oak bourbon and old Oloroso sherry casks for at least 19 years, before spending a two further years marrying in Madeira wine casks.
|Bushmills 16 Year Old & 21 Year Old Small Batch bottlings|
Both of the new releases from the Co. Antrim based distillery, are said to recognise the immense craftsmanship that lies behind them. Only a small select number of casks of Bushmills small-batch, triple-distilled malt whiskey are matured to this age for release, in these annual limited editions.
Commenting on the launch, Colum Egan, Master Distiller at Bushmills Irish Whiskey, said: “To craft malts of this age and quality calls for all our expertise and knowledge. By carefully nurturing a small number of casks in our warehouses so that they age in the optimal conditions, we can draw layers of exquisite flavours from the wood, ensuring they are perfectly balanced with the unique distillery character of the unique Bushmills spirit made from 100% malted Irish barley.”
Bushmills 16 Year Old Small Batch and 21 Year Old Small Batch, will be available later this month from specialist retailers. RRP (tbc).
Posted by Steve Rush