Bushmills 10 Year Old 70cl, 40.0%
A very special edition of the Bushmills 1608 blend, this commemorates the distillery’s 400 year anniversary. Jim Murray awarded the blend 94 points.
Built on the foundations of 400 years of producing classic Irish whiskey, Bushmills 1608 is a superiorly smooth, flavorful, melt in your mouth whiskey. This whiskey owes its creaminess to a specialty barleycorn malt that takes on a crystalline appearance after a light toasting. The bottled 1608 is a blend of Bushmills malt whiskies (a selection from those aged in either American oak or Spanish sherry casks), a small amount of Irish grain whiskey and the crystallized malt.
Bushmills 1608 has a toffee-like smoothness with vanilla, honey and dried fruit notes. It is warm and inviting and a fine example of craft Irish whiskey. When tasting it straight I liked it best neat; ice seemed a distraction and unnecessary dilution of the whiskey’s sweetness.