Bushmills 21 Years Old Madeira 70cl 40°

Distillery : The Old Bushmills / Country : Ireland / Reference: : 20806

With this 21 Year-Old Bushmills, the Old Bushmills distillery created an Irish whiskey of rare depth, smoothness and complexity.

This Irish Single Malt is extremely rare on the market, as Bushmills only owns a few casks and is the only one in Ireland who released a Single Malt of that age. The other Irish distillery which offers Single Malts only started production in 1989.

Bushmills 21 Years Old is a combination of two 19 and 20 year-old whiskies aged in American oak Bourbon barrels and European oak Oloroso Sherry butts, then blended and finished in Madeira wine drums for at least a year.

The result is a Single Malt that might be of the most elegant and distinguished version of Bushmills, which smoothness is lifted by a touch of spices from the Madeira barrels. It is a refined spirit, fruity, spicy with a wide range of aromas from caramel, dark chocolate seasoned by delicate hints of rancio (nuts) and peppermint.

195,00 € tax incl.

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Volume0.7 L
ABV40 °
TypeSingle malt
DistilleryThe Old Bushmills
RegionCounty Antrim
Age21 years
MaturationBourbon, Sherry and Madeira Wine
PeatNon Peated

The Old Bushmills is the oldest official whisky distillery in the world. On April 20th 1608, King James I granted Sir Thomas Phillips - landowner and Governor of Co. Antrim, Ireland – a license to distil.

The Old Bushmills has been distilling whiskey from that date onwards, and the Old Bushmills Company was officially established in 1784. It is today part of the Diageo Spirits Group. The distillery is located in Bushmills, in Antrim County, North Ireland, a few miles away from the Giant’s Causeway, and the last operating distillery in North Ireland.

A dozen of distilleries were still opened in the region in the early 20th century. Only three remained in the 1950’s. The Comber distillery closed in 1953 and the Coleraine closed in 1978. Bushmills’ history is chaotic: its origins hark back to 1608 but the region had been distilling whiskey since the 12th century.

In 1276, Sir Robert Savage, owner of the Bushmills town is said to have fortified his troops with "a mighty drop of acqua vitae". In 1490, the Book of Leinster mentions a local alcohol served in Bushmills town.

The distillery starts growing from 1860’s onwards, and is bought for a mere 500 Sterling Pounds. In 1855, a fire destroys partly the distillery, which is then rebuilt in the Scottish style of that time, with pagoda roofs typical of Scottish distilleries. At the same time, Bushmills stops the production of Irish pot still and manufactures Single Malts.

In 1923, The Old Bushmills is purchased by a Belfast merchant, Samuel Boyd. In 1972 the distillery enters the Irish distillers Spirit Group. In 2008, Bushmills celebrate 400 years of whiskey making with its limited edition: Bushmills 1608. Old Bushmills then produces blends and single malts, with 4 wash stills, 5 spirit stills with 3 million litres of alcohol produced every year.

The Bushmills range draws its identity and spicy, fruity character from the single malt Bushmills whiskey, forming the heart of its blended whiskeys. Obtained from a triple distillation, Bushmills malt whiskey is elaborated from non peated barley. The malt is then peat-smoke free and offers a rich, malty style with subtle fruity notes.

Colour: old gold with copper glow.

Nose: very aromatic, with lovely hues of dark chocolate and salted butter caramel, pleasantly wrapped in honey, spices and red fruits.

Palate: distinguished and subtle, very appealing with toffee, peppermint and dried fruits (raisins and almonds) flavours over a vanilla and chocolatey backdrop.

Finish: bittersweet and delicately oaky, it is a subtle combination of sparkling mint and candied oranges, evolving on strawberry, coffee and intense liquorice.

Silver Medal, Outstanding, International Wine & Spirit Competition 2013

93/100 Excellent, Highly Recommended, Ultimate Spirits Challenge 2013 

Best Irish Single Malt, World Whisky Awards 2012 

Gold Medal, San Francisco World Spirits Competition 2011

Finalist Best Irish Single Malt, World Whisky Awards 2011

Taste your 21 Year-Old Bushmills Single Malt in the best possible way:

- 21 Year-Old Bushmills
- A dash of water
- A whiskey glass

You should ideally start your tasting with a glass of neat 21 Year-Old Bushmills, to discover the aromas, and add a dash of water then to unleash the fruity and spicy aromas of the whiskey. Swap water with an ice cube that will chill your glass but might hold the flavours back: wait a bit for the whiskey to warm up to room temperature.