The nose reveals a clever marriage of dark, dried fruits, like red and black currants, and apricot, with toffee, vanilla, cocoa nibs, and roasted nuts. The palate is harmonious, rich, and ideally balanced, with alternating waves of malt, toasted grains, (Mar 2012)
As an extremely rare single malt Irish whiskey. Only a very limited number of bottles are available each year. It is matured for a minimum of 21 years in three different types of casks. The whiskey is first aged in American bourbon barrels and Spanish Oloroso sherry casks for 21 years and upwards. The malt whiskey is then vatted and married for months in Madeira drums. The end result of this very special maturing process is a rich and smooth old malt whiskey with a wonderful combination of aromatic malt, gentle wood and rich spiciness - a wonderful and intriguing complexity on the palate, and perhaps the finest expression to date of malt distilling that is Bushmills.