Bushmills has announced an American Oak Cask Finish release, the second in a series of whiskeys from the new Bushmills Original Cask Finish range.

The release nspired by a partnership spanning decades between Bushmills and barrel makers Kelvin Cooperage of Louisville, Kentucky. In 2008, Louisville was twinned with the village of Bushmills during celebrations marking Bushmills 400th anniversary.

The American Oak Cask Finish features the single malt used in Bushmills Original Irish Whiskey, finished in double-charred American Oak barrels. It is then blended with the brand’s triple distilled Irish grain whiskey, giving it a smooth character with fresh wood and sweet vanilla notes.

Small batches of American Oak barrels are hand-selected at Kelvin Cooperage and double-charred for Bushmills. Bushmills single malt then ages in these casks.

Paul McLaughlin, President, 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.”

“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.”

Colum Egan, Bushmills Master Distiller, said: “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 Bushmills American Oak Cask Finish is bottled at 40% ABV and priced at €30 / £24 for 700ml.

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