Proximo-owned Irish whiskey producer Bushmills has unveiled its oldest expression to date: a 44 year old single malt, creatively exclusively for Dubai Duty Free (DDF) in celebration of the retailer’s 40th anniversary.
Only 40 bottles of the Bushmills 44 Year Old Single Malt are available to purchase, from today (11 December), in DDF doors. The RRSP is US$12,000 for 700ml.
Bushmills Master Blender Alex Thomas noted: “To be Master Blender is a profound honour, but to be the Master Blender to release such an exquisite and rare 44yo single malt for Bushmills is what dreams are made of.”
The oldest Bushmills release to date
The whiskey epitomises Bushmills’ passion for ‘restless progress’, and commitment to creating exceptional prestige single malts, according to the brand.
DDF Executive Vice Chairman and CEO Colm McLoughlin commented: “We are delighted that Bushmills has chosen to be a part of our 40th anniversary celebration with the exclusive release of Bushmills 44-year-old single malt whiskey, with only 40 bottles made available in Dubai Duty Free.
“This is a testament to the strong partnership we share with Proximo in bringing unique and exceptional-quality products that are both exclusive and limited-edition to our customers.”
Bottled at 48% ABV, the whiskey is aged in sherry casks crafted by the Antonio Paez Lobato Cooperage, renowned for its consistent wood quality and “perfect” oloroso sherry seasoning.
On the nose, it offers elegant aromas of rich dried fruit, honeyed malt, warm spice, caramel, chocolate, liquorice and cinnamon. On the palate, the whiskey combines notes of plum, cherry, sweet raisins and figs, followed by hints of toasted almond and walnuts.
Thomas added: “The craftmanship and quality of the casks from Antonio Paez Lobato Cooperage, and the dedication to perfection of Bushmills spirit, have stood the test of time in the maturation of this [exceptional] single malt through over four decades, resulting in an outstanding union of oak, sherry and spirit to create a once-in-a-lifetime delight for the senses.
“As the cask breathes in and out, the spirit draws out the wonderful mild oak notes, the seasoning and tannins of the wood, gradually taking on its colour and flavour rich with the Oloroso sherry previously stored in the cask.”