Bushmills Irish Whiskey has released the latest addition to The Causeway Collection, a series of limited-edition single malts with innovative cask finishes.
The 2011 Banyuls Cask Finish follows the smash hit 2006 Marsala Cask released by The Whisky Club last year.
“We had such an incredible success with the Marsala Cask,” Proximo Spirits whiskey specialist Hayley Dixon told Drinks Adventures.
“When it went on sale through The Whisky Club, it was retailing for $120. It sold out within a couple of months, and a bottle later sold for $2393 in an overseas whisky market.”
Proximo Spirits selects specific whiskeys from The Causeway Collection for release in different markets globally.
This year’s collection features 12 new releases to be launched worldwide across eight markets; the UK, Ireland, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Nordics and the Global Travel Retail channel.
Among the other global releases are a 2011 Sauternes cask finish, a 10 Year Old Cuvée cask finish and a 2008 Jupille cask finish, as well as a 32 Year Old Port cask, one of the oldest expressions ever released by Bushmills.
The Causeway Collection takes its name from the Giant’s Causeway, a UNESCO World Heritage Site on the north coast of Northern Ireland consisting of about 40,000 interlocking basalt columns formed by an ancient volcanic fissure eruption.
The 2011 Banyuls Cask Finish was matured for six and a half years in ex-bourbon and oloroso sherry casks, then finished in ex-Banyuls casks for a further three and a half years.
“Banyuls is a French dessert wine with big fruity flavours which really matches the Bushmills spirit,” says Bushmills master blender Helen Mulholland.
“The Bushmills Banyuls has a lovely profile, and each time you go back to it you find something different again.
“It’s approachable, it has big flavours, but in a completely rounded way that anybody can enjoy.”
The 2011 Banyuls Cask Finish is available exclusively from The Whisky Club, priced at $130. Sign up free now to get your hands on a bottle this October.
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