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Bushmills™ Irish Whiskey sweeps the board at 2012 spirit competitions - 20th August, 2012

Bushmillls range of Irish WhiskeyBUSHMILLS Irish Whiskey has finished the 2012 awards season with a sweep of accolades from some of the world’s most prestigious spirit competitions – twelve of which have been picked up in the last month alone.

The recent awards include two gold medals for BUSHMILLS 21 Year Old Single Malt Irish Whiskey - one at the 2012 International Wine and Spirit Competition and another at the 2012 Spirits Business Irish Whiskey Masters.

The medals bring the number of awards that the handcrafted BUSHMILLS range has won in 2012 to 32. This includes the accolade of ‘Best Irish Whiskey’ that BUSHMILLS 21 Year Old also picked up at the 2012 San Francisco World Spirits Competition. 

BUSHMILLS 16 Year Old Single Malt also picked up a coveted 'Master' award - the highest in its category - in the 2012 Spirits Business Irish Whiskey Masters.

Bushmills Global Brand Director, Samantha ReaderBUSHMILLS Global Brand Director, Samantha Reader said: “The quality of BUSHMILLS, as recognised by the most credible experts in the industry, is an important factor in the growth of the brand.”

“Picking up a haul of 32 top awards has been the perfect ending to a big year for us. In the past few months, we’ve launched a new product, BUSHMILLS Irish Honey, in the U.S. staged Bushmills Live - a handcrafted whiskey and music festival - at the home of BUSHMILLS; and collaborated with a range of world-famous artists such as Snow Patrol, Bon Iver and Elijah Wood.”

Bushmills Master Distiller, Colum EganBUSHMILLS Master Distiller, Colum Egan, said: “It has been an incredible year already for us here at Bushmills and we have been thrilled with each and every award that has been bestowed on our beloved whiskies.

“We spend a lot of time here at Bushmills handcrafting each of our whiskies in small batches – that’s our secret to creating the best quality Irish Whiskey and the smooth taste that is our house style. We’ll certainly be enjoying a glass to celebrate!”

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Hibiki 17 Year Old Single Malt Japanese WhiskyHibiki 17 Year Old Single Malt Japanese Whisky

Nose: Peach, Apricot, Melon, Rose, Lily and Lemon Leaf.
Palate: Toffee, Black Cherries, Vanilla and Mizunara (Japanese Oak)
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Scapa 1980 25 Year Old Single Malt Scotch WhiskyScapa 1980 25 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Colour/Appearance: Light Gold.
Nose: Rich, spices, cinnamon, honey, zest, barley, sweet cereals.
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