Bushmills has unveiled the second expression in its collectors’ series, The Rare Casks – a 29 Year Old Single Malt Irish Whiskey finished in Pedro Ximenez Sherry casks.
The Bushmills 29 Year Old Pedro Ximenez Sherry was initially aged in bourbon barrels for 12 years, then finished for an additional 17 years in a first-fill PX cask.
“As a Master Blender, careful attentiveness and patience must be demonstrated in every stage of the maturation process,” explained Master Blender Alex Thomas. “For this whiskey to reach its most perfect taste profile, it has required countless samplings, barrel adaptations, and 29 years.
“It took 12 years in ex-bourbon casks for the desired foundation of this unique malt to be complete. An additional 17 years in sweet Pedro Ximenez casks prompted the liquid to grow more textured and nuanced with each year until the flavors had fully matured, ultimately achieving a spirit of incomparable complexity.
“Our signature style is evident in every sip, this exclusive expression is a showcase of the quality and versatility of our single malts and is one of the finest whiskeys ever sealed under the Bushmills name.”
On the nose, the Irish whiskey offers freshly roasted cashews and hazelnuts, which combine with figs, dates, and dried apricots. The palate delivers layers of dried fruit, praline, and orange peel, which intermingle with vanilla. The finish is long with notes of dried fruit and a buttery sweetness.
Bottled at 53% ABV, Bushmills 29 Year Old Pedro Ximenez Sherry whiskey is priced at $750. Just 500 bottles will be made available.
For more information, head over to the brand’s official website.
In January, Bushmills announced the addition of Bushmills 12 Year Old Single Malt Whiskey to its core range.