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
Read More About:
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.
More whiskies in the league
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!
Black Bush Whiskey
Black Bush is classed as the 'deluxe' blend from Bushmills and it has a lot of loyal fans across the world. Compared to the standard blend this has more depth, richness but also some woody hints. Maybe not as smooth as the Bushmills Original but it packs a lot more flavour. This is vatted from approximately 80% malt whiskey and 20% grain whiskey some of which is aged for as long as 18 years. A very high proportion of ex-sherry casks are used for the maturation giving the whiskey its signature dark colour and some delicious flavours of dried fruits, roasted nuts and caramel toffees. This still ranks as one of the best blended whiskeys in the world!
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 21 Year Old
A mix of bourbon and sherry casks matured for 19 years before the last two years are spent finishing in ex-Madeira casks, this is the top of Bushmills' regular range.
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.
Recommended For You
"Haig whisky is steeped in history since it was first distilled by John Haig in the old Cameronbridge Distillery Scotland in 1824. From these humble beginnings, Haig Whisky quickly rose to become one of the most successful and popular Scotch whiskies in the world before falling into decline some 30 years ago as it left the Haig family ownership and was passed through a series of multinational drinks companies. The distillery meanwhile went from strength to strength and now in the ownership of Diageo is one of the largest distilleries in Europe. Haig Dimple Pinch is the US version of Haig Dimple , also named after the unique shape of the bottle. Haig Pinch and Dimple are the upmarket brothers of Haig Gold blended whisky but with an age statement of 15 years and a heavier malt influence of whiskies from Glenkinchie and Linkwood. Haig Pinch was a Haig Whisky product for the American market and was bottled at the slightly higher strength of 43% ABV."
Hakushu Distillers Reserve Whisky
Straight from the untouched forests, mountains and pure waters of the Southern Japanese Alps, it is no wonder that Hakushu® is a "green and fresh" whisky, praised by the most curious whisky connoisseurs and lovers of gastronomy. Its crisp and vibrant feel, unique in a single malt whisky, enlivens and liberates your senses.
Sterling Reserve Premium Blended Whisky
Sterling Reserve Blend 10 is made of imported scotch malts and the finest Indian grain spirits. The scotch malts are from different barrel origin including bespoke bourbon oak casks. The blend is chill-filtered to perfect balance with smooth finish and ten unique tasting notes.
Nikka Yoichi Single Malt
The Nikka Yoichi is a Japanese single malt whisky from the house of Nikka, one of the two great whisky distillers from Japan. It is a no-age-statement whisky, and was relaunched in 2016 owing to its critical and commercial success among whisky enthusiasts.
Hiram Walker Premium Whisky
Premium Whisky is a National top quality . It is a whisky made from Scottish malts rich golden color and pleasant taste
Suntory Yamazaki 12 Year Old Japanese Single Malt
The Yamazaki 12 Year Old is a Japanese single malt whisky distilled at the first ever Japanese whisky distillery established by Kotobukiya Group, later renamed as Suntory. Released in 1984 for the first time, Yamazaki 12 Year Old is the flagship single malt whisky from Suntory, and has been a highly successful release which Suntory claims to be the ‘Number One’ whisky in Japan.
Tullamore Dew 12yr Whiskey
Our 12 Year Old Special Reserve is a carefully crafted blend of old Irish whiskeys. They say with age comes wisdom, or in this case, complexity, character and maturity - one of the reasons why this truly unique whiskey has been awarded plaudits in abundance from whiskey connoisseurs around the world. Like Tullamore D.E.W. Original, Tullamore D.E.W. 12yo Special Reserve is a triple distilled blend of all three types of Irish whiskey. However, it has a high proportion of pot still and malt whiskeys, matured in a combination of bourbon and sherry casks, for 12 to 15 years. A very fine aged whiskey with great complexity.
Seagram’s 7 Crown Blended American Whiskey
Seagram’s 7 Crown is a blended American whiskey, although it finds its origins in Canada. It is one of the oldest whiskey brands in North America and belongs to Diageo LLC, who split the Seagram’s portfolio of brands with other global beverage giants in 2000.
Makers Mark Cask Strength Bourbon
Maker’s Mark Cask Strength is a Kentucky straight Bourbon with no-age-statement. The expression first had a soft release in 2014, followed by a global release in July 2016. Among the most widely known Bourbon whisky brands in America, Maker’s Mark prefer to use refer to their product as ‘whisky’ and not ‘whiskey’, which is the standard practice in America. Another interesting fact about Maker’s Mark is their use of Red Winter Wheat instead of Rye, which is another common practice in America not followed by the company. Maker’s Mark bourbons are created to be bold, but smooth. And if you enjoy their flavours, the amped-up spice, caramel, and vanilla notes of the Maker's Mark Cask Strength will suit your palate just as well.