At one time there were many hundreds of different Irish whiskeys. Over the years these have disappeared. Only Bushmills, the oldest and a handful of others established prior to the 20th century have remained. Another unique aspect of the Old Bushmills Distillery is that malt distilling, blending, maturation and bottling are all carried out on the same site.
The distillery is situated on the rugged north coast of Ireland and holds the title of Ireland’s oldest working distillery. Bushmills has offered a generous range of triple distilled blends and single malts for over 400 years. Among the first of the Irish whiskeys to be imported to the U.S., American drinkers fond of whiskey and other brown spirits have enjoyed the range of characterful smooth spirits from Bushmills since the 1800s.
GSN was sent three different expressions from their expanding portfolio.
The Original: Light, with a green apple flavor at the forefront, soon followed by notes of caramel and a slight tannic quality. Very easy going, and drinkable. The body is mild, with a long and fleeting finish. Overall a pleasant blended whiskey that is perfect for cocktails or a simple shot. GSN Rating: B+
Red Bush: Stronger than the flagship expression, this one also has a deeper and more wood driven character with plenty of caramel, toffee and burnt sugar to add in the mix. A longer finish and one with a decent mouthfeel and body. This is a great sipper and will add a boost of character to a mixed drink. GSN Rating: A-
Black Bush: The best of the bunch here. A fine whiskey that has all the elements entirely cohesively working to achieve a really superb expression. Deep, rich, smooth and with a library of flavors ranging from slight smoke to young leather; to black tea to toasted bread. This is a perfect whiskey for sipping on its own to fully appreciate its beauty. GSN Rating: A+
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