Bushmills Causeway Collection 2021
The Bushmills Causeway Collection debuted to wide acclaim in 2020. The 2021 edition is similarly bountiful with a 2 special releases for the Irish market only!
A 2011 Sauternes Cask, a first for Bushmills Irish Whiskey, and a 1995 Marsala Cask aged in rare Marsala casks for an unprecedented 15 years.
The 2011 Sauternes Cask was first aged for over seven years in oloroso sherry butts and bourbon barrels and then in rare Sauternes wine casks for two years. The French casks that have housed this sweet white wine from the Sauternais region of Bordeaux bring an abundance of delicate summer fruit flavours and fresh grapes.
The 1995 Marsala Cask has matured for over 10 years in oloroso sherry butts and bourbon barrels, before being aged in rare Marsala casks sourced from the island of Sicily for 15 years. Having been soaked deeply into the oak grain, this dark sweet.
An Artistic Endeavour
The team from Bushmills have done a stellar job with this release. The Giant’s Causeway is indelibly linked to the distillery and this is captured beautifully in the artistic collaborations that accompany this release.
Time for a Taste!
We commenced our tasting with the Marsala Cask followed the Sauternes.
1995 Marsala Cask
Nose – Cherries & plums, treacle & toffee, hint of aniseed.
Palette – Oak, black pepper, candied fruit, cloves. Mouth feel is unquestionably thick and luscious.
Finish – Starts sweet and develops nicely to a sustained, spiced and woody finish.
2011 Sauternes Cask
Nose – Notes of honey, marzipan, vanilla and citrus.
Palette – Summer berries and golden syrup, fainter notes of wood and malt.
Finish - A big sweet experience gently framed in wood.