What better part of the world to celebrate than the stunning coastal home of Bushmills Whiskey? And what better way to celebrate it than with an exclusive red wine cask matured single malt.
The Giant’s Causeway
Inspired by the world famous hexagonal rock columns known as the Giant’s Causeway (they’re prettier than they sound) the Causeway Collection is an exploration of Bushmill’s malt as well as their surroundings.
The Causeway itself has an interesting legend attached to it. The story goes that the Irish giant Finn McCool threw the rocks in the sea to make a bridge to Scotland, where he wanted to go to challenge fellow giant Benandonner. However, when he got there, he saw the size of Benandonner and was a wee bit intimidated. So he did like any smart giant would and hightailed it back to Ireland.
Benandonner followed of course but Finn’s wife knew what to do. She wrapped Finn up to look like a baby and when Benandonner saw him, he was terrified at what size the child’s father must be if the baby was so big. He retreated and Finn threw a chunk of land after him (which is where the Isle of Man comes from, incase you were wondering).
So what can Bushmills do to commemorate such a legendary place? Release a collection of 10 single malts of course.
Feuillette Cask Matured Irish Single Malt
Leading the way on this collection is the much anticipated Feuillette red wine matured single malt. Helen Mulholland, Master Blender at Bushmills states:
“The Bushmills 2001 Feuillette Cask also marks two firsts for Great Britain –the first red-wine finished whiskey and the first cask-strength release from Bushmills for this market. Both aspects represent exciting developments in Irish Whiskey, which sums up everything we had hoped the new Causeway Collection would be.”
Tasting notes for Bushmills 2001 Feuillette Cask Matured Irish Single Malt Whisky
The nose begins with notes of tart summer berries and a dash of oak wood. It is fruity, with a dark edge and a lovely earthy aroma.
The palate is rich and elegant. Dark cherries, plums and more summer berries give it a sweet note. Marzipan with lots of red wine notes and oak wood also appears. The wood is well developed and has notes of vanilla and caramel.
The finish is full of sweet fruits and oak.
Bushmills have created a really exciting collection here. The Feuillette Cask expression is a good bottle to lead the way and shows the level of craft at the distillery.
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