Bushmills Irish Whiskey unveils new Causeway Collection

Bushmills Irish Whiskey unveils new Causeway Collection

Inspired by the legendary Giant’s Causeway, Bushmills has introduced a new limited edition single malt cask series which launches exclusively in Britain this December.

News | 02 Dec 2020

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Bushmills, thought to be the world’s oldest licensed whiskey distillery, has announced the release of a new range of rare and unique single malt whiskeys inspired by the natural wonder of the Giant’s Causeway, aptly named The Causeway Collection and crafted by Bushmills master blender Helen Mulholland

The lineup features ten different cask-finished single malts available in nine different countries, and begins with the 2001 Feuillette Cask, which is exclusive to Great Britain. The ten single malt whiskeys includes country-specific bottlings that will reach the UK, France, Germany, China, Portugal, the Nordics and Global Travel Retail before the end of 2020.

The 2001 Feuillette Cask marks the first cask strength release, and first red wine cask-matured whiskey, ever to be made available by Bushmills in Great Britain; the liquid has been aged for over 17 years in Oloroso sherry butts and Bourbon barrels, before final maturation for over two years in a rare Burgundy feuillette cask.

This is one of just four feuillette casks at the Bushmills distillery and is the smallest that Helen has ever worked with, holding just 168 bottles. The size of these casks imparts a great intensity of flavour, resulting in a concentrated palate with notes of smooth plum and cherry fruits.

A stone’s throw from the distillery, the Giant’s Causeway has been a source of inspiration to Bushmills’ Master Distillers for centuries. Its hexagonal columns form a series of steps, which Bushmills views as a mirror of the successive steps of triple wood maturation used in the new collection. The whiskeys themselves are deeply influenced by the surrounding landscape and its raw materials – including water from the River Bush which is filtered through the same mineral-rich basalt rock as the Causeway.

Helen commented: “This launch represents a bold new step for Bushmills, one that not only honours the giants and generations before us but also the incomparable natural landscape in which it was forged. The whiskeys in this collection, all non-chill filtered and some of the first cask strength whiskeys to be released by us in over 15 years, are among Bushmills’ greatest treasures. We can’t wait to share them with the world.”

The Causeway Collection launches globally in 2020 and includes expressions finished in new American oak, Cognac, wine and fortified wine casks.

The Bushmills 2001 Feuillette Cask will be on sale in the UK from the 7th December, exclusively from The Whisky Shop. Only 168 bottles of the 2001 Feuillette Cask are available, bottled at cask strength 49% ABV, non chill-filtered and priced at £200 for 700ml.

For more information visit bushmills.com/causeway-collection.
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