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American Oak release celebrates Bushmills/Louisville twinning


A new American Oak edition has been created by Bushmills Irish Whiskey in collaboration with its long-term partner Kelvin Cooperage of Louisville, Kentucky, representing the second release in its Cask Finish series.

Available for purchase from August 4, the new edition features the single malt used in Bushmills Original Irish Whiskey, finished in double-charred American Oak barrels, and blended with the brand’s signature triple distilled Irish grain whiskey.

Following on from its Caribbean Rum Cask Finish release earlier this year, Bushmills American Oak Cask Finish is inspired by Bushmill’s decades-long partnership with the well-known barrel maker. In 2008, Louisville was twinned with the village of Bushmills during celebrations marking Bushmills 400th anniversary.

At Kelvin Cooperage, operated by brothers Kevin and Paul McLaughlin who relocated their business from Glasgow to Louisville in 1991, small batches of the finest American Oak barrels are hand-selected and double-charred for Bushmills.

Bushmills single malt then ages in the casks, resulting in a deeper interaction between the whiskey and the oak and delivering the superior flavour profile achieved in the cask finish expression.

“Our relationship with the team at The Old Bushmills Distillery began over 30 years ago,” said Paul McLaughlin, president, Kelvin Cooperage. “Over the course of three decades, we have worked closely in a continuous process of mutual learning and collaboration.

“At Kelvin Cooperage, we have remained true to time-tested traditional techniques, handcrafting and charring each cask, ensuring that The Old Bushmills Distillery only receives the finest American oak casks for this release.

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“The double-charring process has a substantial impact on the flavour profile the cask imparts on the whiskey, which is what makes this American Oak Cask Finish product truly special.

“We are thrilled to be involved in this project and look forward to Bushmills fans having the opportunity to enjoy this exceptional whiskey.”

Colum Egan, Bushmills master distiller, said: “The Cask Finish range is an exciting and innovative move for Bushmills Irish Whiskey. The series offers discerning whiskey drinkers an accessible introduction to the unique casks ageing the exquisite whiskey we have here at The Old Bushmills Distillery.

“The American Oak Cask finish is the result of our long-standing relationship with Paul and his team at Kelvin Cooperage, world-renowned for producing the finest American casks. We are immensely proud of our new Cask Finish range and are excited to bring our latest innovation to whiskey fans across the globe.”

The Bushmills American Oak Cask Finish is bottled at 40% ABV and carries an RRP of €30/£24 for 700ml.