Bushmills 10 Year Old Whiskey
Updated: Mar 27
As much as I love Scottish and Japanese Whiskies, I also love the idea of discovering different ones from other parts of the world. Before I venture to review anything from Australia, Canada or India, I thought it would be a good idea to go for something a bit closer to home - Irish Whiskey.
Bushmills happens to be the oldest licensed whiskey distillery in the world and while the registered trademark dates back to 1784, the license was granted by King James I way back in 1608 - date which is shown on the label.
As another little fun fact, according to their official website, the many mills which could be found alongside the River Bush, from which the Distillery gets the water, gave this whiskey its name.
I don't know how much this matters to you, but The Bushmills 10 has won some awards throughout the years: Best Irish Single Malt in 2007 at the World Whiskey Awards and a Gold medal at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition. With or without the awards, I like the presentation.
Now for the more technical-ish stuff: Bushmills 10 Year Old is a single malt made 100% with malted Irish barley, it has 40% abv and it's triple distilled and matured in bourbon and oloroso sherry casks for at least 10 years.
In my humble opinion, it has a pleasant taste reminding me of vanilla and honey, quite a lot of ripe fruit on the nose and a smooth finish. It feels quite sweet but not too rich. It goes well on top of a couple of ice cubes, but as always, I do prefer it neat.
I'm being very biased here, I'll admit, but I do appreciate this whiskey even more since it has basically no peatiness. From this perspective, I think it's quite refreshing. As far as I'm concerned it's very enjoyable, very drinkable.
As I'm writing this, you can find it in the UK for about £35-40 or on sites with international delivery at around $40-45 and for this price I honestly can't fault it. I think it's quite a nicely balanced whisky in terms of flavour and the clean finish makes it even better.
I can't wait to try more of what Bushmills has to offer and I can say for sure that I'll be having the Bushmills 10 Year Old Whisky again.
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As always, please drink responsibly.
I hope life is treating you well. Take care