Bushmills Distillery Ireland Whisky from 50 to 100 euros

Bushmills 12yo Distillery Reserve

Review of the customisable label version of Bushmills whiskey.

Origin: Antrim (Northern Ireland)
Type: Irish Single Malt Whiskey
Gradation: 40%ABV
Ageing casks: Ex-Sherry Oloroso and ex-Bourbon
Chillfiltered: Yes
Added coloring: Yes
Owner: Casa Cuervo
Average price: € 50.00
Official website: bushmills.com
Vote: 65/100

Thanks to the Belfast Whiskey Week last July, I was able to try several bottlings of this historic Irish distillery, including this Distillery Edition available for purchase only at the distillery.
A special feature is the possibility of personalising the label with your own name or the name of the person to whom you wish to give the bottle as a gift.

Presented unfortunately at the minimum strength and in the usual triple distillation, officially it’s a whiskey aged “mainly in ex-Sherry Oloroso casks”, an information so precise and technical that it can be puzzling…

Tasting notes

You get the maturation mainly in Sherry on the nose, which is rather dry and malty, with warm aromas of cooked apples, peaches, dates, red fruits, blond orange juice, salted caramel. Wood veins creep in among the aromas. Of little depth but very classic and pleasant.
On the palate it’s light, almost watery, leaving an ethereal spicy trail that quickly fades, bringing with it fruity aromas that are not particularly incisive, impressions of hazelnuts, touches of liquorice, a splash of lemon. More polished wood to support it.
The finish is quite short and dry, of wood, aniseed, hazelnuts and malt.

If already with the 10 year old the low alcohol content was a disaster, here it’s the perfect crime: it’s all down in tone, depersonalised, dull, passes quickly and is quickly forgotten. From a special edition I would expect much more, not a cask strength version (maybe!) but at least more incisiveness. It must be said that with such a popular price you can’t expect much more, but some more effort would have been desirable.

Reviews of Bushmills whiskey in the blog:
Bushmills 10yo
Bushmills 16yo Three Wood
Bushmills 21yo Madeira Finish
Bushmills 2008 Muscatel Cask
Bushmills Caribbean Rum Cask Finish

Other perspectives:
The Malt Review

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