Available exclusively to the island of Ireland, Bushmills Irish Whiskey have just unveiled two of their 2023 Causeway Collection expressions. The fourth release in the prestigious Causeway Collection, curated and selected by Bushmills’ master blender, Alex Thomas.
The 2023 Causeway Collection comprises nine rare cask-finished Irish single malts. Whiskey lovers can expect an unprecedented finishing in diverse, rare and unique casks from across the globe.
The 2010 Cognac Cask is a limited-edition cask strength, non chill-filtered single malt that has spent seven years maturing in OIoroso sherry butts and bourbon barrels before being finished in fine cognac casks from the Charente region in France for a further five years.
Speaking about the release, Alex Thomas commented: “This is a sensational whiskey which we tasted two years ago and laid down again to allow the magic of the cask to infuse the whiskey, and the result is truly exceptional. The years have intensified the cognac’s Ugni Blanc grape aromas, resulting in a single malt bursting with ripe pear and buttery honeycomb with layers of deeper cinnamon spice, leather and dried fruits.”
The second exclusive release for the Irish market is a 1999 New American Oak Cask. This limited-edition cask strength, non chill-filtered single malt has spent an incredible 23 years patiently maturing in the finest fresh American oak casks.
Alex revealed: “This unparalleled single malt has spent its entire life maturing in the finest new American oak casks. We filled the casks with new make spirit and left the liquid untouched, to marry with this wood. The fresh oak imparts layers of rich flavour over time – wonderful vanilla intensity, coconut, warm spice and creamy chocolate. The decades have amplified the rich oak notes, adding layers of caramelised fruit and cinnamon, leaving a deep, sweet velvety vanilla finish with warm wood spices. It’s a sensational whiskey that stands with the best of Irish single malts!”
Customers can expect a striking new bottle and pack design revealed for this particular collection, complementing the beauty and excellence of the whiskey within. Understated and timeless – a bold statement by Bushmills Irish Whiskey in the realm of prestigious single malts.
Alex Thomas’ creativity and expertise shine through every aspect of of these limited-edition, cask-finished Irish single malts. “The sensational whiskeys in the Causeway Collection deliver bold, untold waves of flavour that pay homage to the heritage and natural landscape of Bushmills. We are delighted to share these very special innovations for whiskey lovers throughout Ireland.”
Each decision from the cask selection and seasoning process, to the bottling and packaging, is a testament to Bushmills’ relentless pursuit of perfection, and their vision to continue crafting ground-breaking and prestigious single malt whiskeys.
The 2010 Cognac Cask and the 1999 New American Oak Cask from the 2023 Causeway Collection will be available through specialist retailers and to purchase online across the island of Ireland from 9th November.
Only limited bottles of both will be available. The 2010 Cognac Cask is bottled at 53.8% ABV, non chill-filtered and priced at €125/£115 for 700ml, and the 1999 New American Oak Cask is bottled at 50.1% ABV, non chill-filtered and priced at €450/£425 for 700ml.