Bushmills 28 Year The Rare Casks Cognac Cask Single Malt
Bushmills // Northern Ireland
This single malt from Bushmills is the first release in an expected annual collection called The Rare Casks. It is made using 100% unpeated Irish malted barley and was triple-distilled in 1992. After distillation it aged for 11 years in former oloroso sherry and ex-bourbon barrels. Then the two whiskey batches were married and recasked into former cognac casks for its final 17 years of maturation. It is bottled without chill-filtration at a cask strength of 46.7% ABV. Only 500 bottles were made for this US exclusive release. Available as of October 2020 at select retailers and online with Flaviar.
Single MaltDistilled in pot stills from 100% malted barley, produced at one distillery, aged in barrels; if Scotch or Irish, must be aged for at least three years.
Cask Typeex-bourbon and ex-oloroso sherry casks, finished in cognac casks
"Let this one sit for a few minutes before getting into to it. Let it breathe. Once you do you'll find a really lovely nose filled with a trail mix of sorts. The whiskey is still here, but it's got the fruit notes from the cognac and sherry (orange peel, raisins, coconut, dried fruit) along with a touch of chocolate and nuts. Tasting there's a little bit of spice which punches through and a few bitter notes to be found as well coupled with the trail mix. The finish is complex, lengthy and satisfying. Okay so it doesn't come in a fancy bottle. But if you're more interested in the contents within the bottle, you'll be very pleased indeed. "