Bushmills 16 Years Old (40%, OB, 2015)
- Category: Irish single malt whiskey
- Origin: Bushmills Distillery
- Bottling: Official
- ABV: 40%
- Cost: £54.83
- Score: 86/100
What they say:
Well‚ it takes a special dedication to create the Bushmills 16 year-old‚ that and lots of patience. Two whiskeys are matured for 16 years‚ one in a bourbon barrel and the other in sherry‚ and then they are married together in a sweet port infused cask. It’s a marriage made in heaven!
Aromatic nose with hints of almonds and a nutty sweetness.
A warm port sweetness on the back of the throat that drifts up to form an almond‚ marzipan fusion with hints of honey and praline on the tongue.
Deep‚ jammy and dark chocolate.
What I say:
The fifth and final during the #BushmillsWhiskey Tweet tasting hosted by Steve @TheWhiskyWire, the pinnacle of their standard range.
Rich ruby amber with gold highlights (13/20), Medium-sized tears leaving well-defined medium legs
Almond oil/essence, creamy milky fruits behind it, banana and more tropical, light mango and pineapple, nice
Fruity, strawberry laces and cherry lips sweeties, kirsch, chicory/coffee, woody oak, toffee, leather…
Long, spiced fruity and toffee’d leather
This dram from Bushmills possibly has it all, from lovely tropical fruit depths to a gently spiced leathery edge. The complex maturation leaves this very well balanced with not to much dominance of the sherry or port casks. This leaves a tingling multifactorial dram, as enjoyable as it is complex.