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Bushmills 16yo Three Wood

Review of a Bushmills aged in three different casks.

Origin: Antrim (Northern Ireland)
Type: Irish Single Malt Whiskey
Gradation: 40%ABV
Ageing casks: Ex-Bourbon, ex-Sherry Oloroso and ex-Port
Chillfiltered: Yes
Additional coloring: Yes
Owner: Casa Cuervo
Average price: € 77.00
Official website: bushmills.com
Vote: 82/100

As a historic Irish whiskey label, Bushmills certainly doesn’t feel the “need” to attack the market with special editions or unusual versions of its distillate, but every now and then it does take a bit of a gamble.

The usual triple distillation whiskey, matured separately in ex-Bourbon and ex-Sherry casks, then reunited in ex-Port casks: on paper, a dangerous combination!
It’s a pity that this risk was not carried through to the end, leaving the usual chillfiltration, artificial colouring and, above all, the minimum alcohol content: applied to a whiskey that has been aged this way, it really makes my heart cry.

Tasting notes

On a floral and herbaceous carpet the aromas struggle to emerge, overly diluted in a light body, but with time they gradually become thicker and warmer, laying down notes of dried figs, apricot, orange, toffee, milk chocolate, sprinkled with a sprinkling of spices (cinnamon, nutmeg). Pencil shavings.
It’s light also on the palate, with an impalpable peppery breath over a core of old wood on which prunes, sultanas, orange, almonds and caramel flourish. Liquorice and dark chocolate. There’s also a persistent bitter-sweet background note, like Campari.
Rather short and dry finish of wood, red fruits, almonds, sultanas.

The care and attention are there and you can feel them: the play of the casks, the difficult balance between the various influences… but everything is dampened by an unfortunate alcohol content that undermines much of the work! It remains a pleasant dram, which always seems ready to leap towards excellence, but continues with the handbrake pulled, leaving you only to wonder which excellent whiskey you could have drunk instead of just a good one.

Reviews of Bushmills whiskey in the blog:
Bushmills 10yo
Bushmills 12yo Distillery Reserve
Bushmills 21yo Madeira Finish
Bushmills 2008 Muscatel Cask
Bushmills Caribbean Rum Cask Finish

Other perspectives:
The Whiskey Jug

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