The 2008 Muscatel Cask is a limited edition rare cask finished, cask strength (56.4% ABV) and non chill-filtered Irish single malt that’s been distilled, matured, finished and bottled at the world’s oldest licensed whiskey distillery.
Just a stone’s throw from the distillery, the Giant’s Causeway has inspired us for centuries. Its extraordinary hexagonal columns form a series of steps, much like the expressions in this Collection. This 2008 single malt is a bold new footstep for Bushmills, one that not only honours the giants and generations before us but also the incomparable natural landscape in which it’s forged.
After maturing quietly for almost eight years in oloroso sherry butts and bourbon barrels, Helen Mulholland, our Master Blender, finished this whiskey in rare muscatel casks.
Permeated with wine made from the aromatic muscat grape, the muscatel cask imparts luscious ripe fruit notes and a deep sweetness. And where others might recask their whiskey for just six months or so, we’ve added deeper waves of flavour by finishing it in muscatel casks for an unprecedented four years.
A velvety smooth sweetness gives way to deeper summer fruit notes. Scents of citrus lead to a finish bursting with sweet raisin. It’s a sensational whiskey that stands with the best of Irish single malt, a giant in its own right.
Rare and limited, only 1,454 bottles of the 2008 Muscatel Cask are available. Exclusively released for the island of Ireland.