Happy St. Patrick’s Day! You might be wondering what the whole “Flash Mob” thing is all about, but we’ll get to that in a second. First, we’re going to talk a bit about the Irish whiskey that I’m sipping on this St. Paddy’s Day.
As it is clearly displayed on all of their bottles, Bushmills began with a license in 1608. The Old Bushmills Distillery name and Pot Still trademark were registered in 1784 with recorded production beginning just a few years later. Needless to say, long before I cracked open this bottle. Destroyed by fire in 1885 the distillery was restored back to operation until production was yet again halted during WWII. However, Bushmills survived and by the 1950s became increasingly popular, especially here in the US. Fast forward to 2013 and there are quite a few from all around the globe sipping on a dram today.
Bushmills Black Bush is a blended Irish whiskey made up of 80% malt whiskey and 20% grain whiskey – Grain whiskies are used in blends to help mellow them out. Of course there is no age statement, but it is said to be matured in both ex-bourbon and ex-sherry casks for up to seven years. I would say it is the sherry cask maturation that lends its color, but there’s more than likely a little caramel coloring in here as well.
Price: Approx $40/750ml
Color: Gold / Light Amber
Nose: Honey, pear, spiced red apple, raisins, caramel, faint cocoa, pecans, and nutmeg.
Palate: Nice and sweet, like the nose honey begins the approach and develops into some light spices and a bit of dark fruits. Some of that chocolate, caramel and pecans we saw in the nose as well. Smooth and light, no water here.
Finish: Moderate to long and sweet with hints of spices.
Overall it has a very nice nose and a sweet, slightly complex palate. This is a wonderful blended whiskey; love the sherry influence in it. If there’s anything that loves this whisky, though, it’s the cork; just soaks it up from the bottle like a sponge. Guess I don’t have to worry about this one drying out.
As for the whole flash mob thing, well I might not be the only person who is reviewing Bushmills Black Bush this St. Paddy’s Day… Whisky bloggers are taking over. Go to Twitter and discover the hashtag #BushmillsMB. Cheers, and have a happy and safe St. Patrick’s Day!