BUSHMILLS Master Blender Helen Mulholland has handcrafted two exclusive single malt whiskies for Bushmills Live headliners THE 1975 and Gary Lightbody’s supergroup TIRED PONY.
The whiskies have been inspired by the bands who played at the exclusive festival on June 12 at the Old Bushmills Distillery on Ireland’s north coast, where the art of whiskey-making, perfected over generations, is practised every day.
To celebrate THE 1975’s performance, Helen hand-picked the casks from each of the years the band members were born – 1988, 1989 and 1990 – to create the Bushmills 24 Year Old Single Malt Irish Whiskey ‘The 1975’ – Artist’s Reserve. Only eight bottles exist in the world.
Helen said: “This whiskey encompasses the core spirit of Bushmills Live – celebrating handcrafted whiskey and handcrafted music. Each of the casks has a different finish: bourbon, sherry and wine, creating a wonderful combination of flavours. The liquid is full of the honeyed, warm tones typical of BUSHMILLS, but with a spectacularly long finish that would perfectly complement ‘Chocolate’…or anything else for that matter!
To celebrate TIRED PONY’s visit to Bushmills, Helen created a personalised Single Malt Triple Distilled TIRED PONY – Artist’s Reserve blend of the Bushmills single malts. Three types of bourbon casks contributed to the blend – each representing one of the three renowned bands from which TIRED PONY was formed: R.E.M., Snow Patrol and Belle Sebastian.
Helen explained why the bourbon finish was a particularly significant choice. She said: “U.S. Bourbon casks traditionally give deeply rich, honeyed tones. I decided to use these not only because they reference the Americana style of music that TIRED PONY play, but also because it recognizes the location where their first two albums were recorded.
“It was crafted with a touch of whiskey drawn from port finished casks, laid down in 2009 – which was also the year that the band formed. The result is a whiskey full of vibrant layers, which we hope will inspire future recordings.
“There are only ten bottles of the special TIRED PONY blend in the world – one for each member of the band and for the guest musicians who joined them at Bushmills Live, and one that will stay at the Old Bushmills Distillery for them to share with friends whenever they next visit.”
THE 1975 and TIRED PONY played the third Bushmills Live alongside a host of international and local artists including James Vincent McMorrow, Luke Sital-Singh, Matthew and the Atlas, David C. Clements, Rubblebucket and Levity Breaks.
The Artist’s Reserve bottles were created as a gift from Bushmills to the bands and are not available to buy.
Matt Healy, lead singer of THE 1975, being presented with a bottle of Bushmills 24 Year Old Single Malt Irish Whiskey ‘The 1975’ – Artist’s Reserve by Bushmills Master Blender Helen Mulholland and Bushmills Master Distiller Colum Egan. Only eight bottles exist in the world. THE 1975 headlined this year’s Bushmills Live 2014 at the Old Bushmills Distillery in June.
Members of Gary Lightbody and Peter Buck’s supergroup TIRED PONY being presented with a bottle of Single Malt Triple Distilled TIRED PONY – Artist’s Reserve by Bushmills Master Blender Helen Mulholland and Bushmills Master Distiller Colum Egan. Only ten bottles exist. TIRED PONY performed at this year’s Bushmills Live 2014 at the Old Bushmills Distillery in June. From L-R: Richard Colburn (Belle Sebastian), Helen Mulholland, Peter Buck (R.E.M.), Gary Lightbody (Snow Patrol), songwriter Iain Archer and Colum Egan.
About Bushmills Live
Bushmills Live is an annual music festival which hosts both iconic and emerging artists for a series of intimate gigs in age-old buildings at the historic Old Bushmills Distillery, where the art of distilling has been perfected over generations.
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About ‘TIRED PONY’
TIRED PONY are Gary Lightbody (Snow Patrol), Peter Buck (REM), Iain Archer, Richard Colburn (Belle and Sebastian), Scott McCaughey, Troy Stewart and producer/multi-instrumentalist Garret “Jacknife” Lee. They have released two albums: 2010’s The Place We Ran From and last year’s The Ghost of the Mountain.
About ‘THE 1975’
THE 1975 are an English alternative rock/indie band based in Manchester. The group consists of Matthew Healy (vocals/guitar), Adam Hann (guitar), George Daniel (drums) and Ross MacDonald (bass). Their self-titled debut album was released on 2 September 2013 and debuted at No. 1 in the UK Albums Chart.
About Bushmills Irish Whiskey
Bushmills Irish Whiskey is hand crafted in small batches for a smooth taste at Ireland’s oldest working distillery, in Co. Antrim, Northern Ireland. The Old Bushmills Distillery’s portfolio includes seven award-winning variants: Bushmills, Bushmills Black Bush™, Bushmills 10 Year Old Single Malt, Bushmills 16 Year Old Single Malt, Bushmills 21 Year Old Single Malt, our anniversary edition, Bushmills 1608 and Bushmills Irish Honey Spirit Drink.
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