Bushmills Launches 14 Year Old Single Malt

By Craig Ellis
Author Bio: Craig's love for all things whiskey began when he visited his first distillery, Talisker in 2006. During his free time, he likes to visit distilleries around the globe, planning his travel around these locations. Craig created The Pot Still in 2016 when he first started to collect rare and unusual whiskeys. His whiskey collection has grown and grown since. Craig writes and reviews independently and is not commissioned by any brand or distillery. Craig's views and opinions are his own.
Bushmills 14 Year Old Single Malt Launch

Bushmills 14 Year Old Single Malt: A Malaga Cask Masterpiece

Today, we're diving into a brand new release that's sure to set a new tone in the Bushmills lineup: the Bushmills 14 Year Old Single Malt. This isn't your typical Bushmills offering... this one breaks the mould with a unique finishing touch that'll have your taste buds reinvigorated.

Bushmills 14 Year Old Lifestyle Shot

Bushmills Goes Bold: A New Chapter in Aged Single Malts

Bushmills has built a legendary reputation on its incredible aged single malts. But the 14 Year Old Single Malt marks a bold new chapter. Unlike its sherry-matured brethren, this whiskey gets its final flourish in exquisite Malaga casks. These Spanish casks, imbued with the essence of Muscat of Alexandria grapes, work their magic on the spirit, creating a flavour profile unlike any other Bushmills expression.

A Journey Through Time and flavour

The 14 Year Old's odyssey begins in first and second-fill bourbon barrels, where it patiently matures for a minimum of 14 years, soaking up those classic vanilla and caramel notes. Then comes the exciting part: a 12-month Malaga cask finish. This adds a whole new dimension to the whiskey, introducing hints of mango, pineapple, apricot, and a touch of citrus. Imagine a summer fruit explosion perfectly balanced by warm baking spices like cinnamon and ginger.

Bushmills Alex Thomas and 14 Year Old

A Masterful Innovation by Alex Thomas

Hats off and a huge round of applause goes to Bushmills' master blender, Alex Thomas. She describes the 14 Year Old as a departure from the comfort zone, an "unexpected" taste experience. And that's precisely what it delivers.

The team here at Bushmills has always had a restless spirit. We’ve an insatiable curiosity when it comes to whiskey innovation. I really wanted to step out of my comfort zone and create an exciting taste experience for everyone – something a bit unexpected that’s unlike any other expression in our core range.” 
Alex Thomas - Master Blender

A Dram for Every Palate

But the beauty of the 14 Year Old is that it's not just for seasoned whiskey veterans. The gorgeous ruby-red colour, smooth character, and those fresh, fruity notes will also intrigue wine lovers and even welcome newcomers to the world of whiskey.

Tasting Notes: Bushmills 14 Year Old Single Malt Review

Aroma: A warm, inviting bouquet opens with sweet honey and vanilla, followed by delicate mandarin orange. Gentle hints of warm spice add complexity.

Palate: A burst of juicy tropical fruits – mango, pineapple, and apricot – explodes on the tongue. Balanced by creamy notes of milk chocolate and vanilla, with a touch of warming caramel. Hints of ginger and cinnamon add depth, while subtle oak and floral notes create intrigue.

Finish: The experience lingers with a long, crisp aftertaste. Vanilla, apricot, and mandarin orange notes persist, gradually giving way to a touch of warming spice

Bushmills 14 Year Old Lifestyle Bottle and Pack

The Pot Still's Final Verdict

This is a must-try for anyone who appreciates innovation and top-notch quality. At an RRP of €70 / £60 per bottle, it's a steal for the exceptional dram you're getting. 

Tags: Irish Whiskey, Whiskey News, Bushmills

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