While Scotch whisky may very well be the whisky of choice for many a connoisseur, we’ve lately seen somewhat of a resurgence for Irish whiskey, especially here in the UK.
Whereas Irish whiskey has always been popular, it has been somewhat overshadowed by its Scottish cousin. Over the last few years however, Irish whiskey has started to grow in popularity, and we’re all for that. As you know, we love all whisky/whiskey so the more quality varieties out there, the better.
With so many Irish whiskey manufacturers now offering premium whiskey for affordable prices, there has never been a better time to be an Irish whiskey drinker than right now. For those who are looking for something a little more lavish, special, and decadent however, Bushmills 25 Year Old Whiskey is one we’ve had our eyes on for quite some time.
The World’s Oldest Licensed Whiskey Distillery
Situated in picturesque County Antrim, Northern Ireland, in the aptly named Bushmills, you will find the Old Bushmills Distillery.
Currently owned by Proximo Spirits, this distillery really is special. Not only is it a hugely popular tourist attraction, bringing in upwards of 120,000 people every single year, it is also said to be the world’s oldest licensed whiskey distillery.
The distillery was constructed in 1784, yet on the label you will find the date 1608. This is in reference to the date in which a royal licence was granted to a landowner in the area, granting him permission to distil whiskey in the area.
The distillery draws water from a tributary of the River Bush, known as Saint Columb’s Rill and is responsible for Bushmills Irish Whiskey, and a selection more of amazing drams.
Bushmills recently ventured into what they call the ‘bold entry into the ultra-prestige single malt category’ with their 25 and 30 Year Old Irish Whiskeys. If the reviews and feedback are anything to go by, this venture is said to be a roaring success.
To celebrate the opening of the new Causeway Distillery in 2023, Bushmills released this stunning 25-year-old single malt.
At 46% it has the coolness and smoothness that you would expect to find with an Irish whiskey. Having spent 4 years maturing in ex-bourbon and sherry casks, it then made its way over to an ex-port cask, where it would slumber for the next 21 years. The results are astounding.
This whiskey is non-chill filtered and has a stunning walnut brown colour topped off with a stunning amber hue. It has legs for days and you can really see the influence of the port the second you pour yourself a wee dram.
On the nose you will immediately pick up honey and figs, as well as crisp apples, a touch of sea salt, black treacle, and gingerbread.
On the palate the influence of port really shines through. You should taste plenty of mixed berries and blackberry jam, coupled with candied almonds, caramelised fruits, and a hint of dark chocolate.
The finish is amazingly smooth. Seriously, this is an easy drinker in every sense of the word. You should pick up smooth oak, a touch of maple syrup, gingerbread, and a suggestion of tobacco.
If you’re looking for more info on your favourite Irish whiskey, or any other kind of whiskey/whisky for that matter, you should find everything you need here at GreatDrams.com.
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