Bushmills Irish Whiskey has announced the release of its American Oak Cask Finish, the second in a series of innovative whiskeys from the new Bushmills Original Cask Finish range.
According to the distiller, the new whiskey Inspired by a partnership spanning decades between Bushmills and barrel makers Kelvin Cooperage, the American Oak Cask Finish celebrates the amalgamation of two of the world’s great whiskey-making capitals, Bushmills and Louisville, Kentucky.
In 2008, Louisville, the home of Kelvin Cooperage, was twinned with the village of Bushmills during celebrations marking Bushmills 400th anniversary, further strengthening the ties between these two areas steeped in whiskey heritage.
Paul McLaughlin, president, Kelvin Cooperage, commented, “Our relationship with the team at The Old Bushmills Distillery began over 30 years ago. Over the course of three decades, we have worked closely in a continuous process of mutual learning and collaboration."
American Oak Cask Finish
The American Oak Cask Finish features the award-winning single malt used in Bushmills Original Irish Whiskey, finished in double-charred American Oak barrels.
It is then blended with the brand’s signature triple distilled Irish grain whiskey, giving it an extra smooth character with fresh wood and sweet vanilla notes.
“At Kelvin Cooperage, we have remained true to time-tested traditional techniques, handcrafting and charring each cask, ensuring that The Old Bushmills Distillery only receives the finest American oak casks for this release," McLaughlin said.
Small batches of the finest American Oak barrels are hand-selected at Kelvin Cooperage and double-charred for Bushmills, giving these casks unique properties ideal for whiskey maturation.
Bushmills single malt then ages in these casks, resulting in a deeper interaction between the whiskey and the oak, delivering the superior flavour profile achieved in this cask finish expression.
“The Cask Finish range is an exciting and innovative move for Bushmills Irish Whiskey," explained Colum Egan, master distiller, Bushmills.
The series offers discerning whiskey drinkers an accessible introduction to the unique casks ageing the exquisite whiskey we have here at The Old Bushmills Distillery."
The Bushmills American Oak Cask Finish is bottled at 40% ABV and priced at €30 / £24 for 700ml.