Bushmills Single Malt Irish Whiskey
The Irish penchant for whiskey is matched by few, and this love for whiskey is embodied perfectly by Bushmills, one of the oldest and most popular Irish whiskey makers on the island country. Dating back as far as 1608, Bushmills was founded by Thomas Philips when King James I granted him with a license to distil.
Thus began the journey of Bushmills Irish Whiskey, a brand that has changed multiple hands over the years, surviving a fire that destroyed the Old Bushmills Distillery, the ominous decade of Prohibition and the Second World War, retaining its charm throughout the centuries.
Bushmills, along with Jameson, is a quite renowned Irish whiskey brands all over the world. The Bushmills brand celebrated 400 years in 2008, and have expanded their inventory to include some of the finest expressions of Irish whiskey known to mankind.
Alongside the Bushmills Original, a blend of triple distilled malt whiskey with grain whiskey, the brand has a number of other blended and single malt options. The Bushmills 10-year-old single malt Irish whiskey is one of their finest aged single malt expressions.
Characteristics of the Bushmills 10 Year Old Single Malt Irish Whiskey
The Bushmills 10-year-old is distilled using a mash that is 100% malted barley, and is aged for at least 10 years in ex-Bourbon and Sherry barrels.
The traditional Irish whiskey triple distillation process lends it a distinctly smoother finish. The ex-Bourbon maturation lends a tantalizing aroma and a creamy feel to the whiskey. It is light gold in colour.
The Bushmills 10-year-old is the standard single malt expression from the company. It has an alcohol strength of 40% ABV, and is one of the youngest single malt Irish whiskeys in the Bushmills inventory with other expressions being the Bushmills 16-year-old, and the Bushmills 21-year-old, both considerably more matured than the 10-year-old.
Bushmills Single Malt Tasting Notes
Bushmills Single Malt Irish Whiskey Tasting Notes
Light on the nose with a sweet aroma of banana skins.
Medium, crisp and short.
Chocolaty, fruity with traces of pudding.
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Bushmills Red Bush
Another addition to our ever expanding Bushmills collection, Bushmills Red Bush. This triple distilled single malt and Irish grain whiskey blend is the first new expression in nearly five years to come from the Old Bushmills Distillery for the domestic market. This particular expression of Bushmills has been matured in first fill Bourbon casks so lots of vanilla and buttery notes can be expected. A very approachable whiskey!
Black Bush Whiskey
Black Bush is classed as the 'deluxe' blend from Bushmills and it has a lot of loyal fans across the world. Compared to the standard blend this has more depth, richness but also some woody hints. Maybe not as smooth as the Bushmills Original but it packs a lot more flavour. This is vatted from approximately 80% malt whiskey and 20% grain whiskey some of which is aged for as long as 18 years. A very high proportion of ex-sherry casks are used for the maturation giving the whiskey its signature dark colour and some delicious flavours of dried fruits, roasted nuts and caramel toffees. This still ranks as one of the best blended whiskeys in the world!
Bushmills Irish Honey Whiskey
Bushmills Irish Honey Whiskey is a limited edition blend that was created by mingling Bushmills Original Irish Whiskey and a touch of honey to bring out new, rich flavors. Bushmills Irish Honey Whiskey is smooth with honeyed orchard fruit on the nose, spicy fruit and honey on the palate and a warm, subtle honey finish. Serve Bushmills Irish Honey Whiskey neat, in iced tea or an Irish Coffee.
Grain whiskey reserved for Bushmills Original is slowly matured for a minimum of five years in American oak casks before blending with Irish Single Malt whiskey to produce this original blend.
Bushmills 21 Year Old
A mix of bourbon and sherry casks matured for 19 years before the last two years are spent finishing in ex-Madeira casks, this is the top of Bushmills' regular range.
Bushmills 16 Year Old
The 16 year old Bushmills builds on the soft, smoothness of the 10 year old and adds some very nice fruity characters. The whiskey is initially aged seperately for 15 years in both bourbon and sherry casks then these are married together into port wood for around a year of extra finishing. The port wood adds some delicious flavours of red fruits, some sweetness and hints of candy and chocolate. Like all Bushmills whiskeys it is very smooth but this one has a sweeter, fruitier edge than them all.
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