Bushmills Irish Whiskey has released a limited-edition single malt whiskey aged in Acacia wood.

Bushmills Distillery Exclusive, is a non-chill filtered single malt whiskey with a higher abv strength of 47% abv. The whiskey is first matured in charred bourbon barrels and toasted sherry casks, and then aged in Acacia wood for more than a year.

Henry Mulholland, master blender, said: “As the world’s oldest licensed whiskey distillery, it was only natural that we create a whiskey using one of the world’s oldest woods. We are always exploring new ideas and looking for new woods to experiment with, so we were keen to work with Acacia, as the product imparts a spicy, vanilla flavour into our famous whiskey. The taste of the Distillery Exclusive is subtly spiced by the casks, with warming hints of nutmeg. The liquid features honey and floral notes complemented by sweet vanilla and dried fruit flavours, finishing with a hint of cinnamon and a whisper of wood.

“We continue to see a demand for ultra-premium expressions, and with more than 120,000 visitors to The Old Bushmills Distillery each year, they like to see something special they can only find in our store. With more than 400 years of whiskey-making heritage to our name and as one of the first distilleries to create a single malt whiskey, this first release of the Distillery Exclusive will be a favourite among both visitors discovering whiskey for the first time and longtime whiskey drinkers seeking a new single malt with the quality and taste we’re famous for.”

The whiskey is described as having a sweet spice intensity, with honey and floral notes, married with sweet vanilla and accentuated dried fruit flavours.

The newcomer is priced at £74 for a 70cl bottle and it is currently available via The Old Bushmills Distillery in Bushmills, Co Antrim, Northern Ireland.