Bushmills Master Distiller handcrafts exclusive single malt for Bushmills Live headliners ‘Of Monsters and Men,’ only six bottles exist
Bushmills Village, Northern Ireland, 17 July 2013: ‘A number one band needs a number one whiskey’ – so says Bushmills Irish Whiskey Master Distiller, Colum Egan.
With that in mind the whiskey craftsman has developed a signature blend for Bushmills Live headliners Of Monsters and Men. With chart-topping success for their single ‘Little Talks’ and debut album ‘My Head is an Animal’ in over twenty countries and given their love of Bushmills they were the ideal band to top the bill for the intimate two day whiskey and music festival at the Old Bushmills Distillery on Ireland’s North Coast.
To celebrate their achievements and visit to Bushmills, Master Distiller Colum Egan created a personalised ‘Of Monsters and Men’ blend of the Bushmills single malts for the Icelandic band. There are only six bottles of the special Of Monsters and Men blend in the world – one for each member of the band and one that will stay at the Old Bushmills Distillery for them to share with friends whenever they next visit.
“Like Of Monsters and Men, the Old Bushmills Distillery prides itself in handcraftsmanship”, said Colum Egan. “The Icelandic band’s craft is music and Bushmills’ is whiskey. The creation of the new liquid recognises the centuries-old qualities of making things by hand.”
Colum describes the commemorative blend: “Age is really important when making a great whiskey. Over time the wood influences the liquid resting inside it and creates amazing flavours that we use to make great whiskey. We wanted to use this theme of age to celebrate Of Monsters and Men as the headliners of Bushmills Live 2013.”
“It is classed as a 23 Year Old Single Malt Irish Whiskey but has been blended with liquids drawn from sherry and bourbon barrels and first laid down in the years that the band members were born: 1987, 1989 and 1990. The whiskey also celebrates the three special years that Of Monsters and Men have been together as a band.”
The Old Bushmills Distillery’s Master Blender, Helen Mulholland, added: “With deep and full notes of vanilla and honey, mingled with rich warm dried fruit and finished with creamy chocolate undertones, the result is a Single Malt with an astounding depth of character.”
Of Monsters and Men headlined Bushmills Live alongside international stars such as breakthrough act of the year Jake Bugg, Willy Mason, Sons and Lovers, Bear’s Den, Foy Vance, Iain Archer and emerging artists David C Clements and VerseChorusVerse.