Ireland’s oldest surviving distillery is Bushmills in County Antrim in Northern Ireland. There has been a whiskey still on site since the beginning of the sixteenth century, although Bushmills itself began production in the 1780s. Bushmills is traditional pot-still single malt distiller, which produces six different brands, two malts and four blends: Black Bush, Bushmills 1608, Coleraine and Original Bushmills. This bottling, from the world’s oldest licensed distillery (1608), is matured in three types of oak casks: American Bourbon barrels (which typically lend vanilla notes to the whiskey), Spanish Oloroso Sherry Casks,(contributing rich fruit and nuts). Finally it is transferred to old port casks for the last few months of its maturation. These casks bring sweet berry notes and a hint of ruby red to the final whiskey.
Distinctive, full bodied aroma, with lots of character – fruity, malty and nutty sweet sherry flavours all intermingling. Complex, assertive, well flavoured, slightly sweet. Sherry succulence, melt-in-the-mouth maltiness, with just a hint of toasted wood in the background.