Today I’ve got some more reviews of Irish whiskey, not quite the disaster from Jameson. Nope, today it’s Bushmills in Northern Ireland. Bushmills is normally a cheap blended whiskey like Jameson but both of these ones are Irish malt whiskey.
That’s unusual because Irish whiskey normally uses malted and unmalted barley even within single pot still whiskey… I think. Not too confident on my Irish whiskey yet.
Bushmills 10 40%
Nose: Sweet and fragrant. Sugary with jam and marmalade, fragrant oakiness.
Taste: Sweet and oaky. Jam, barley sugar, marmalade, strong sappy oak with building spice.
Finish: Medium Length. Sappy oak.
It’s just on the boarder of ok. The sappy oak notes taking off a lot of points in the finish. The Irish normally use some virgin oak barrels and I think that’s where it’s coming from.
Bushmills 16 40%
Nose: Quite full and oily with fruity jam, icing sugar, sweet vanilla and fruit juice. Plum jam, blueberry jam, fig, apricot, some apple juice, sweet fragrant oak, floral note- Violets and lavender. Peach water with clove, juicy pear, apple, date, raisin and apricot. Marmalade and fairy cakes too.
Taste: Creamy then spicy oak turning very juicy and a little oily. Lots of fruity jam, blueberry, blackberry, fig, some building oak with young Ruby port, some spice and sweet floral oak.
Finish: Medium length. Blueberry and blackberry juice with Port-y tannins.
Bourbon and Sherry barrels then finished in Port barrels. Quite unbalanced, the Port has a very obvious influence. For me, I prefer Greenspot at less cost.
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Best Score: 92
Worst Score: 44
60-64 Just about OK
65-69 Ok to Good
75-79 Very Good