The Steamship Collection is a new range from Bushmills Distillery launched in 2016 as Travel Retail exclusive.
The collection is inspired by the historical SS Bushmills steamship and commemorates its maiden voyage in the 1890s. SS Bushmills sailed to America and returned with casks of rum, bourbon and fortified wines. The Steamship Collection includes three permanent “special cask matured” expressions with Sherry Cask Reserve as a forerunner, second in line Port Cask Reserve and finally # 3 Char Bourbon Cask Reserve. Level # 3 char means that the inside of the cask had been exposed to flames for 45 seconds. All expressions included in The Steamship Collection were bottled at 40% abv.
Nose: fresh and creamy, vanilla custard, caramel, butterscotch, honey, apples, pears, buttered toast, lemon peel and hints of oak.
Palate: very smooth, vanilla, honey, caramel, milk chocolate, oranges, peaches, baked apples sprinkled with cinnamon and toasted oak.
Finish: medium long with notes of vanilla, honey, milk chocolate, citrus, hints of cinnamon and candied ginger.