Bushmills 21 Year Old Irish Single Malt Whiskey
The Bushmills 21 Year Old is a single malt Irish whiskey from Bushmills, one of the oldest distilleries in Ireland. This expression is also known as the ‘Three Wood’ whiskey due to its maturation in three different types of barrels.
The 21 Year Old is the most premium expression from the Bushmills core range. The distillery produces only a finite number of them each year, with unique individual numbers adorning all bottles.
History of Bushmills Single Malt Irish Whiskey
Some accounts trace the origins of the Bushmills Distillery back to 1784 when a man named Hugh Anderson built the ‘Bushmills Old Distillery Company’. There are several conflicting theories and accounts of the period between the date of the distillery’s establishment, and 1885, when the distillery was destroyed by a fire.
Rebuilt, the Bushmills distillery has since been prominently involved in representing Irish whiskey worldwide. Although the brand was hit badly by Prohibition in America, they managed to survive through the years.
There is clarity about Bushmills’ history after Isaac Wolfson purchased the distillery after the Second World War. It became a part of the Irish Distillers group in 1972 along with Powers, and Jameson, the powerhouse of the Irish whiskey industry for over a century.
Bushmills is currently owned by Jose Cuervo, makers of the Don Julio tequila brand among other products. Although the Bushmills brand has been around for centuries, the brand has undergone a number of shakeups and changes over the years.
Currently, the Bushmills core range is lean, and made up of six different expressions. The Bushmills 21 Year Old Triple Wood sits at the top of that range.
Making Process of Bushmills 21 Year Old Irish Single Malt Whiskey
The Bushmills 21 Year Old single malt Irish whiskey is formed with two single malts, one aged for nearly 19 years in ex-American Bourbon barrels, and the other in Oloroso Sherry barrels.
After this process, the two whiskeys are blended together and matured for a further two years in Madeira casks. This process finishes the whiskey, mellowing it and creating a wonderful harmony between the three different influences.
Alcohol Percentage in Bushmills 21 Year Old Irish Single Malt Whiskey
The Bushmills 21 Year Old Triple Wood Irish single malt is bottled at 40% ABV, the standard permissible limit for Irish whiskeys.
Irish Single Malt of the Year by Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible in 2013
Irish Single Malt of the Year by Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible in 2014
Irish Single Malt of the Year at The Irish Whiskey Awards in 2013
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Bushmills 21 Year Old Irish Single Malt Whiskey Tasting Notes
Aromatic and rich. Flavours of sweet caramel toffee, warm spices and tropical fruits dominate.
Refreshing, sweet and dry finish. A whisper of bitterness.
Full-bodied, creamy and chewy texture. Tropical fruits present themselves first, followed by coffee flavoured dark chocolate and sweet raisins. Complete lack of smoke.
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Bushmills Red Bush
Another addition to our ever expanding Bushmills collection, Bushmills Red Bush. This triple distilled single malt and Irish grain whiskey blend is the first new expression in nearly five years to come from the Old Bushmills Distillery for the domestic market. This particular expression of Bushmills has been matured in first fill Bourbon casks so lots of vanilla and buttery notes can be expected. A very approachable whiskey!
Bushmills Irish Honey Whiskey
Bushmills Irish Honey Whiskey is a limited edition blend that was created by mingling Bushmills Original Irish Whiskey and a touch of honey to bring out new, rich flavors. Bushmills Irish Honey Whiskey is smooth with honeyed orchard fruit on the nose, spicy fruit and honey on the palate and a warm, subtle honey finish. Serve Bushmills Irish Honey Whiskey neat, in iced tea or an Irish Coffee.
Grain whiskey reserved for Bushmills Original is slowly matured for a minimum of five years in American oak casks before blending with Irish Single Malt whiskey to produce this original blend.
Bushmills 16 Year Old
The 16 year old Bushmills builds on the soft, smoothness of the 10 year old and adds some very nice fruity characters. The whiskey is initially aged seperately for 15 years in both bourbon and sherry casks then these are married together into port wood for around a year of extra finishing. The port wood adds some delicious flavours of red fruits, some sweetness and hints of candy and chocolate. Like all Bushmills whiskeys it is very smooth but this one has a sweeter, fruitier edge than them all.
Bushmills Single Malt Irish Whiskey
The Irish penchant for whiskey is matched by few, and this love for whiskey is embodied perfectly by Bushmills, one of the oldest and most popular Irish whiskey makers on the island country. Dating back as far as 1608, Bushmills was founded by Thomas Philips when King James I granted him with a license to distil.
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