Bushmills has released a new whiskey inspired by its partnership with Louisville-based barrel makers Kelvin Cooperage.
Bringing together the traditions of two of the great whiskey-making capitals, the American Oak Cask Finish marks the second launch in the distiller’s Cask series following the release of its Caribbean Rum Cask Finish in April.
The American Oak Cask Finish features the award-winning single malt used in Bushmills Original Irish Whiskey, finished in double-charred American Oak barrels, creating a smooth character enhanced with sweet vanilla notes.
Paul McLaughlin, president of Kelvin Cooperage, said: “Our relationship with the team at The Old Bushmills Distillery began over 30 years ago. Over the course of three decades, we have worked closely in a continuous process of mutual learning and collaboration.
“At Kelvin Cooperage, we have remained true to time-tested traditional techniques, handcrafting and charring each cask, ensuring that The Old Bushmills Distillery only receives the finest American oak casks for this release. The double-charring process has a substantial impact on the flavour profile the cask imparts on the whiskey, which is what makes this American Oak Cask Finish product truly special.”
The Kelvin Cooperage was formed on the banks of the River Kelvin in Glasgow in 1963 but relocated to Kentucky 30 years ago to take advantage of the city’s proximity to bourbon country and to secure a steady supply of American oak for barrel production.
Bushmills Master Distiller Colum Egan added: “The Cask Finish range is an exciting and innovative move for Bushmills Irish Whiskey. The series offers discerning whiskey drinkers an accessible introduction to the unique casks ageing the exquisite whiskey we have here at The Old Bushmills Distillery.
“The American Oak Cask finish is the result of our long-standing relationship with Paul and his team at Kelvin Cooperage, world-renowned for producing the finest American casks. We are immensely proud of our new Cask Finish range and are excited to bring our latest innovation to whiskey fans across the globe.”
The Bushmills American Oak Cask Finish is bottled is priced at €30 / £24 for 700ml.