These two premium whiskeys will permanently sit at the top of the core range of Bushmills. The Bushmills 25 years old and 30 years old are both triple distilled single malts. The 25 years old (pictured, above left) has experienced a four year initial maturation in ex-bourbon and ex-sherry casks before a 21 year secondary maturation in ex-Port pipes. It is bottled at 46% ABV and is both non-chill filtered and of natural colour. The whiskey will be available worldwide and retail for US$900/ £790/ €850.
The Bushmills 30 years old (pictured, above right) has again experienced a lengthy secondary maturation. The whiskey was initially aged for 14 years in ex-bourbon and ex-sherry casks before being transferred to ex-Pedro Ximenez sherry casks for a further 16 year period. It is also bottled at 46% ABV and is both non-chill filtered and of natural colour. It will be available worldwide at a cost of US$2,200/ £1,990/ €2,000. Both whiskies were created by Alex Thomas, the Master Blender for Bushmills.
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 small town of Bushmills, which sits on the County Antrim coast in Northern Ireland. It is just two miles from the famous UNESCO World Heritage site at The Giant’s Causeway.
The distillery is owned by Proximo, who took control in 2014. The annual production capacity of The Old Bushmills Distillery is around six million litres. However, the new Causeway Distillery was officially opened in April 2023. This state-of-the-art distillery, which cost an estimated €37 million, is located next to The Old Bushmills Distillery and also has an annual production of six million litres, with potential to expand further. It is designed to help Bushmills cope with increased demand for the brand and to futureproof production.
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