Malt of the Month: August 2014
We choose our Malt of the Month to highlight some of the great whiskies of the world. Some are well known, some less so, but you can be certain that if it's our Malt of the Month, then you won't be disappointed. This month we've chosen:
Bushmills21 Year OldIrish Single Malt Whiskey £99 (was £137.00) Web Exclusive Price Buy Now
Bushmills 21 year old is one of the finest examples of Irish single malt whiskey on the market. While Ireland is better known for blends and pot still whiskey, Bushmills still produces single malt and continues to impress every year.
The 21 year old is one of the oldest Irish whiskies in regular production, and is a combination of both bourbon and sherry cask matured whiskey. The whiskey is further matured for two years in ex-Madeira casks to produce something both unique in its field and incredibly tasty, with lashings of fruit, sweet toffee and lingering, dark sherry flavour.
Producer's Tasting Notes
- Appearance: Deep old gold.
- Taste: Wow! Rich raisins and fruity notes that cling to the palate.
- Finish: A burst of mint that ends in an intense liquorice finale.
There has been distilling in the area of Bushmills, County Antrim, Northern Ireland, for upwards of 400 years, with a license to distil granted to Sir Thomas Phillips in 1608. The Old Bushmills Distillery Company itself has been operating since the 1780s, giving it a strong claim to be the oldest licensed distillery in the world.
As a distillery dedicated to the production of Irish single malt whiskey, it is an anomaly in the country's distilling scene, which is mainly focused on blends and pot still whiskey. Since the distillery's purchase by Diageo in the mid-2000s, it has continued to grow, and is now well known for the quality of its spirit as well as its excellent distillery centre and tour, bringing Irish whiskey to life for visitors to the north-east of Ireland and the nearby Giant's Causeway.
- Really enjoyed the 16 year can really taste the wine influence --- will open the 21 year when Im in the right mood---just started my Irish collection only have eleven types so far also enjoy the Midleton Very rare my favorite tastes alot stronger than 40%--- don't want to open my Knappogue 36 year which I purchased over one year ago just don't want to be disappointed in it
- - patchman56, 4th Oct '13
- Im a gardener in Dublin and a grateful client gave me a bottle of this at christmas. Id considered myself a whiskey drinker and was stunned by the taste of this. to put it simply, it never fails to deliver.
- - Paul Pentony, 10th Mar '12
- Having tried every Bushmills whiskey on the market in the US, I would have to say the 21yr/old still comes in a close 3rd. The Millenium and 16yr/old are my picks for 1st and 2nd place.
- - anonymous, 13th Feb '12
- Been sipping on this for a couple of years and sharing with the best of friends,never a disapproving response.
- - anonymous, 1st Sep '11
- I picked up a bottle of this to celebrate St. Patrick's Day this year and it completely changed my perception of Irish whiskey. Jameson was 'meh' and Redbreast 12 was a good step in the right direction. However, with this stuff, I think I may have arrived. A wonderful single malt!
- - rwbenjey, 17th Mar '11
- Excellent, qualitative, soft temples, but too sweet
- - The fond, 22nd Oct '10
- This is a great whiskey with a cigar or after dinner drink with something or alone its great!
- - Phil, 19th Sep '07
- An outstanding single malt and by far my favorite.
- - anonymous, 1st Jun '07