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Bushmills Celebrates Heritage with the Launch of Hill Street Edition

Bushmills Irish Whiskey has unveiled its latest offering, the Hill Street Edition, a 36-year-old single malt that stands as the pinnacle of the distillery’s endeavours. This release, exclusive to The Friend at Hand in Belfast, not only marks a milestone in Bushmills’ storied legacy but also celebrates the indelible connection between the distillery and the historic city of Belfast.

Crafted with unparalleled attention to detail, the Hill Street Edition emerges as the oldest and rarest expression ever released by The Old Bushmills Distillery in Europe. A mere 208 bottles of this exquisite whiskey have been made available, making it a coveted item for collectors and connoisseurs alike. This limited availability speaks volumes of the whiskey’s exclusivity and the meticulous process behind its creation.

The genesis of this exceptional single malt dates back to 1986, distilled and then recasked in a sherry hogshead in March 2001, encapsulating the essence of Bushmills’ rich heritage. The choice of sherry wood for maturation lends the whiskey its complex array of flavours and deep, golden chestnut hue, a hallmark of Bushmills’ dedication to quality and craftsmanship.

The Hill Street Edition is more than just a whiskey; it is a tribute to the shared history of Bushmills and Belfast, particularly The Friend at Hand – a renowned whiskey shop and museum that now stands on the historic Hill Street, once the location of the Bushmills headquarters. This area, known for its vibrant past, including shipbuilding and linen-weaving, also has a rich whiskey history, with Bushmills barrels once rolling down its cobbled streets to the Farset River for global distribution.

Alex Thomas, Bushmills Master Blender, expressed her pride in bringing this exceptional whiskey back to Belfast, highlighting the brand’s passion for crafting the world’s most exclusive single malts. The Hill Street Edition’s tasting profile is a testament to its ageing process, offering a symphony of flavours from warm honey and ripe red berries to luxurious notes of apricot, plum, raisins, and figs, complemented by toasted oak and dark chocolate.

Presented in a bespoke hexagonal box of black American walnut with an intricate gold-etched map of Belfast, the Hill Street Edition is not just a whiskey but a piece of art.

Priced at £5,000 for a 700ml bottle, the Bushmills Hill Street Edition 36-Year-Old single malt is an embodiment of unrushed perfection, a once-in-a-lifetime whiskey that pays homage to the hard-working people of Hill Street and the timeless bond between Bushmills and Belfast. With just 208 bottles available, this special release is poised to become a treasured addition to the collections of whiskey lovers worldwide, celebrating the legacy of Bushmills and the rich heritage of Irish whiskey.