Review: Bushmills Black Bush Irish Whiskey

As promised, St. Patty’s got started a bit early here at Drinkhacker HQ, and here’s your review of Bushmills’ Black Bush bottling of its Irish whiskey.

Black Bush is, like standard Bushmills, a blend of malt whiskey and (a bit of) Irish single grain whiskey to soften it. The real difference comes in the aging, with Black Bush picking up a darker color and a spicier, almost cinnamon kick from eight-plus years of Sherry barrel aging. The drink is smooth while also displaying some heat, with the malt giving Black Bush a heavier, Scotch-like character. Good stuff, but considerably different than just about any other Irish I’ve ever had. (I tasted it alongside Jameson’s standard-issue Irish (B, $19) and the strangely citrus Tullamore Dew (C+, $18), and Black Bush won hands down. An unfair comparison? Perhaps, but that’s life in the whiskey biz.

A- / $27 / bushmills.com

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4 Responses to Review: Bushmills Black Bush Irish Whiskey

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  2. Very nice whisky, smooth, goes down very nice. I find this best straight, no ice or water, nothing. I would say certainly one of the smoothest whiskies I have had. I like this much better than Johnny Walker Black and American bourbon whiskey. One of the best out there. Unfortunately it is not available in a alot of stores in Australia.

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  4. THOMAS MORLOCK

    WHAT IS THE SHORTAGE OR REASON FOR BACKORDER OF SAID WHISKEY, IS IT BECAUSE NOTRE DAME IS HAVING A GOODYEAR???????????

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