Review: Bushmills Original Irish Whiskey (2008)

Review: Bushmills Original Irish Whiskey (2008)

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Jameson isn’t the only name in Irish. With St. Patrick’s Day just around the corner, let’s share the love with Bushmills, the other major name in Irish whiskey, which is celebrating its 400th anniversary this year.

Bushmills — aka Bushmills Original — has a very typical Irish flavor: The honey of Scotch and but without the smoke, tempered by the vanilla and oak of Bourbon. Served neat, Bushmills can be a bit harsh. It’s best when served as Bushmills itself suggests: A touch of water or on the rocks. The water smooths the drink out completely, making it go down without complaint. Not a lot of complexity, but perfect for a weeknight aperitif.

I haven’t tried Bushmills’ other bottlings, but will plan to get a review of the popular Black Bush up before St. Patty’s.

80 proof.


Bushmills Original Irish Whiskey (2008)




Christopher Null is the founder and editor in chief of Drinkhacker. A veteran writer and journalist, he also operates Null Media, a bespoke content creation company.


  1. Josh on October 13, 2013 at 12:57 pm

    I’m more of a rum guy but I do like some whiskey and this is a good one for a good price. I tend to like more sweet and less smokey whiskeys so this one was a nice touch. This has a strong carmel honey smell when you open the bottle. I know its sac-religious to mix irish whiskey or scotch but add a little fresh lime juice or lemon juice to this to give it a little sweet n sour taste it also helps mute the burn. Overall I would give it a low A- but thats more of a personal rating.

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