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 Please wait Web Exclusive Price
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 distillers 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.