The Causeway Collection is an annual series of whiskeys from the Irish single malt distillery of Bushmills. This years selection, which is named after the Giant's Causeway that is located close to the distillery, features 12 whiskeys. The youngest is bottled at nine years of age (the 2011 Sauternes Cask Finish pictured, above left) and the oldest at 32 years old (the Port Cask, one of the oldest ever releases from Bushmills).
Other highlights include two Marsala Cask Finishes from 1991 and 1995, another Port Cask Finish from 2000 and a Jupille Cask Finish from 2008 featuring a barrel from the famous Belgian brewery. The 12 whiskeys will be spread across eight world markets - Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Scandanavia, UK and travel retail. All are triple distilled, non chill-filtered and natural cask strength with prices ranging from €55/ £47 to €950/ £815 per bottle.
Bushmills holds the oldest distilling license in the world dating back to 1608. However, the official foundation date is widely recognised as 1784. It is located in the town of Bushmills. This sits right on the northern County Antrim coast in Northern Ireland and just two miles from the famous Giant’s Causeway. Another claim to fame is that Bushmills has the longest continually used logo - the pot still design was introduced to celebrate the formal registration of the distillery in 1784 and still used today. The distillery is owned by Casa Cuervo, who took control in 2014, and the annual capacity is nine million litres.
"The Causeway Collection celebrates our extremely rare and unique cask finishes, our passion for single malt and honours our rich heritage. It is a privilege to work with such rare liquid, these special cask-finished whiskeys really are our greatest treasures."Colum Egan / Master Distiller at Bushmills.
We attended a launch event in London a couple of months ago where we sampled the two UK exclusives - the 2000 Port Cask and 1991 Madeira Cask Finish. We have also sampled three of the remaining 10 whiskeys - the 2011 Banyuls Cask Finish, 1995 Marsala Cask Finish (pictured, above right) and 32 years old Port Cask. Our thoughts and tasting notes are below.
Our tasting notes