In October 1992 Bushmills Distillery, launched 1608 Special Reserve, 12 years old expression, the first Irish whiskey designed exclusively for Duty Free market.
It was an incredible dram, by all means super premium blend, with less than 10% grain content. Few years later 1608 Special Reserve was replaced with 1608 Reserve. However both formulas had shown remarkably high malt content and extensive use of sherry casks, the new bottling didn’t carry age statement. The company claimed that the whiskeys used in the blend were aged for up to 15 years but did not reveal details regarding the youngest component. All in all it was still outstanding blend, one to be missed by Irish whiskey aficionados.
Nose: beautiful combination of malt, spice and sherry, apples, raisins, orange peel, cinnamon, cloves, honey roasted nuts, caramel and touch of aniseed.
Palate: distinctive sherry notes, cinnamon, candied ginger, chocolate coated raisins, butterscotch, dried apricots and prunes, hints of pralines of aniseed.
Finish: medium long, with notes of caramel, chocolate and delicate spiciness.