Bushmills unveils new whiskey to celebrate link with Louisville

The new Bushmills American Oak Cask Finish.
The new Bushmills American Oak Cask Finish. The new Bushmills American Oak Cask Finish.

BUSHMILLS has unveiled a new whiskey inspired by its long-running relationship with Louisville and legendary barrel maker Kelvin Cooperage.

Formed on the banks of the River Kelvin in Glasgow in 1963, the barrel maker relocated to Louisville, Kentucky 30 years ago to take advantage of the city’s proximity to bourbon country and to secure a steady supply of American oak for barrel production.

Bushmills, which has worked with the company for more than three decades, has now utilised that American oak for its latest offering.

Bushmills American Oak Cask Finish, is an innovative move for the Co Antrim distillery, according to master distiller Colum Egan.

“The American Oak Cask finish is the result of our long-standing relationship with Paul McLaughlin and his team at Kelvin Cooperage, world-renowned for producing the finest American casks,” he said.

Mr McLaughlin, who runs the company said: “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.

“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.”