When Bushmills celebrates next year the 400th anniversary of being awarded its license to distill by King James I, it will be doing it with a very special whiskey.
Bushmills 1608 is made with a blend of the Northern Irish distiller's classic malt whiskies and newer whiskey made with "crystal malt." The recipe marries special malted barley, roasted while germinated, and elements from the basic whiskies that are matured in a combination of used American white oak and Spanish Oloroso sherry casks.
The 1608, made in limited quantities and carrying a suggested retail price of $100 for the 750ml bottle, will be available in the U.S. only from February to December next year. After that it will be sold only at the Bushmills facility.
Go here for my tasting notes on the 1608.
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