The 30 Year Old New American Oak Cask is one of the last of ten releases within The Causeway Collection across nine markets for 2020. First matured for 14 years in oloroso sherry butts and bourbon barrels, Bushmills have added deeper waves of flavour by finishing this single malt in new American oak casks for an unprecedented 16 years. Non chill-filtered and bottled in September 2020 at cask strength, it is imbued with key notes of honeyed malt while the virgin oak imparts intense flavours of vanilla, chocolate and warm wood.
All the whiskeys used in The Causeway Collection have been expertly crafted and cared for by Bushmills Master Blender Helen Mulholland through her near 30-year career at The Old Bushmills Distillery. Several of the whiskeys were laid down by Helen during her internship at the distillery in the early 1990s.
Helen has since gone on to be the first woman inducted into the Whisky Magazine Hall of Fame and, last month, was awarded a Chairman’s Award by Drinks Ireland/Irish Whiskey Association for her contribution to the development of the Irish whiskey industry and category.
An immediate rich vanilla intensity, followed by warm wood spice and tropical fruit notes.
Sensationally smooth and sweet, with vanilla and chocolate interweaving on the tongue, and a warming spiced coconut. Then the gentle wood note reappears, to remind us of its 30 patient years spent sleeping in oak casks.
Exceptionally long with toasted oak and sweet vanilla lingering on the palate.
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