If you’re a fan of Irish whiskey, and in particular, are a fan of Bushmills Irish whiskey, 2023 is a great year for you.
In early 2023, Bushmills opened their second distillery, the aptly named Causeway Distillery, and in celebration, released two truly stunning tipples. We know that there are a lot of buzzwords being thrown around in the world of whiskey, but when we say ‘stunning’ we really mean it.
Bushmills, which originally is home to the world’s oldest licensed distillery, decided to open their second distillery a mere stone’s throw away from their first location. The name is in honour of the legendary ‘Giant’s Causeway’ which is also not too far away.
The Causeway Distillery has a distinctly sleek and shiny look like you would expect with any new building, yet at the same time if somebody told us it had been there for more than a century we’d believe them.
For such an exciting and special building then, it requires exciting and special whiskies, and that is precisely what the 25 and 30 year old Irish whiskies are.
The Causeway Distillery
Costing a reported £37 million, the new Causeway Distillery from Bushmills is certainly proving to be a huge hit in the intricate world of whiskey.
Created as a result of a £60 million investment from owners Proximo Spirits, the Causeway Distillery was built primarily out of necessity. Before the new building was constructed, Bushmills were limited on space and were running out of space in their warehouse.
The expansion resulted in more warehouse space, better resources, and close to half a million barrels of whiskey currently maturing.
The 39,000 square foot space has enhanced material usage by 10%, while reducing their energy emissions by as much as 30%. It has allowed Bushmills to go from producing a very impressive 5 million litres of whiskey each year, to a staggering 11 million litres. With bigger wash stills in the Causeway, that’s hardly surprising.
Okay, the new distillery is of course great news, but the real star of the show is the whiskey.
In celebration of their new distillery, Bushmills released a 25 year old Irish whiskey and a 30 Year Old Irish whiskey.
The 30 is Bushmills’ current oldest expression within their core collection. This whiskey really shows you just what kind of magic can happen when you do finish a whiskey correctly.
Spending 14 years within a combination of sherry and bourbon casks, before being transferred to a Pedro Ximenez cask for 16 years, this Irish whiskey is a stunning mahogany brown colour and comes in at a smooth 46% ABV.
On the nose it is predominantly fruity and buttery, with plenty of aromas of sticky figs, dates, berries, buttery popcorn, and thick treacle.
On the palate you should immediately detect tastes of figs and dates, coupled with orange marmalade, marzipan, apricot jam, and caramel hazelnut.
The smooth finish is topped off perfectly with dark cherries, a touch of oak and black pepper, and a whisper of vanilla.
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