Wow!! What a truly exceptional Irish whiskey! I consider myself to be a serious afficianado of ALL Bushmills whiskies, and much prefer them over other distillers whiskies. Their 10 Year Old has been my go-to sipping whiskey for some time now, but really felt like treating myself to their top-shelf label. I was definitely NOT disappointed! As everyone here clearly seems to agree, this is simply an exceptional sipping whiskey (with just a dollop of cold water to "spread" the flavor and raise the aromas), and will undoubtably be my favorite top-shelf for many years to come. On top of that, the Wine Chateau staff could not have been more professional or courteous to deal with. Couldn't be happier with how I was treated here, the price I paid (which is GREAT for this bottle of 21 YEAR OLD, by the way), and I will absolutely continue purchasing from them in the future!
Bushmills started producing Single Malt for sale in the mid 1980's. At that time only the 10 year old was available and I have one of the first bottles produced. I have given all of my American friends tours of the distillery. In fact the guides ended up giving me one of their sweaters since I had been there so much. There are two distinct processes that distinguishes Bushmills from its Scottish cousins. The first being that the sprouted grains are not dried via a peat fire and the second is that Bushmills uses a unique triple distillation process.
The flavor of the 21 year old is fantastic with a wonderful aroma and after taste. It is clean and smooth and must be only drank neat as if you were experiencing an exceptional brandy.
One thing of note is that the Irish started distilling spirits in the 13th century. This process made its way later on to Scotland. So it is the Celtic nation that we have to thank for bringing us this noble spirit. I heartily recommend raising a glass to honor their contribution.
Not only is this a fabulous sipping whiskey, but the price was great and the Wine Chateau provided exemplary service, shipped securely and quickly. Will shop here regularly.
We were in northern Ireland for several weeks and toured Bushmills. We bought a bottle of this single malt and enjoyed it very much during our stay. After our return I was not able to find the 21 year old anywhere and ended purchasing it online at the Wine Chateau. Although the delivery time was a bit long, the Bushmills arrived safe and sound. We currenty have 5 different Irish whiskey's and this is the best.
Exceptionally smooth. Long flavorful finish. Outstanding !!!
Excellent Transaction! Perfect Presentation!
Our friend will relish this Christmas Gift of Cheer!
Deep amber color. Richly flavored aroma, with notes of toffee, raisins, dates, honeyed malt, and demerara rum. Medium in body and richly textured. Toffee & rum-like flavors entertain the palate first, followed by chocolate covered raisins and dates. The whiskey then begins to dry out mid-palate, as the 21 years in oak becomes evident, contributing notes of vanilla and subtle mint. Dry finish with lingering notes of oak and polished leather.
Wine Maker Notes
Bushmills Malt 21 Year Old is 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.
Bushmills is one of the world`s oldest distilleries having been founded in 1608. It is the only distillery in Northern Ireland. Bushmills is distilled in the same kind of copper pot stills that you find in Scotch Malt whisky production. It is distilled three times for increased smoothness. Bushmills Original is a blend of Bushmills Malt Whiskey and Irish grain whisky. It is the cornerstone of the distillery`s production and is clean with touch of honied sweetness and vanilla character.
It is this spirit the inspiration of many legends such as the St. Patrick's, the patron of Irish Whiskey, who taught people how to distillate the spirit. Whiskey dates back to the 15th Century when it was produced by the Monks with the only objective to create a medicine for "healing purposes". It was also produced by farmers in order to make a good use of remaining grains after the harvests.