Malt of the Month: March 2015
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:
Bushmills 1608Blended Irish Whiskey Please wait Web Exclusive Price
With St Patrick's Day taking place on the 17th, March's Malt of the Month had to be from Ireland. To celebrate, we've chosen the richly flavoured Bushmills 1608.
Originally introduced in 2008 to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the first distilling licence in the region, Bushmills 1608 was so popular that it became a permanent fixture in the distillery's range. It takes the rich and fruity character of Bushmills and adds in layers of toffee and honey, thanks to careful cask selection and the use of crystal malt in the mash.
World Whisky Awards 2008 & 2012 – Best Irish Blended Whiskey (No Age Statement)
Jim Murray's Whisky Bible 2009 – 94 points
Tasting Notes by The Whisky Exchange
- Nose: Maraschino cherries, oily touches, sponge cake, apples and nuttiness.
- Body: Tannic and rich, with vanilla toffee, apple skin, lemon peel and layers of sweet orchard fruit: spiced apple and pear pie.
- Finish: Soft and spicy, with lingering cinnamon notes.
The story of Bushmills starts in 1608, when King James I granted Sir Thomas Phipps a licence to distil in the same part of Antrim. A distillery called Bushmills was registered in 1784 by Hugh Anderson, and the whiskey as we know it today began to take form. In 1850, malt taxes were raised, and while many distillers reduced the amount of malt they used – which in turn began the classic Irish pot still style – Bushmills did not, leading them to be the single malt specialists they are today.
Bushmills was, until very recently, the only whiskey distiller in Northern Ireland. They are now the leaders of a select pack, using their experience to craft high-quality whiskeys and show the new kids how it's done.