Review: Bushmills Black Bush Irish Whiskey

Review: Bushmills Black Bush Irish Whiskey

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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.

80 proof.

A- / $27 / bushmills.com [BUY IT NOW FROM CASKERS]

Bushmills Black Bush Irish Whiskey

$27
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Rating

9.0/10

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7 Comments

  1. Zac on January 17, 2009 at 5:11 am

    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.

  2. THOMAS MORLOCK on December 8, 2012 at 3:38 pm

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

  3. John Stevenson on March 4, 2020 at 7:40 pm

    Black bush vs standard Jameson is not an accurate comparison.
    Jameson Black Barrel should be the contemporary to judge it against.

    • Christopher Null on March 5, 2020 at 8:28 am

      Possibly true, but Jameson Black Barrel did not exist at the time this review was written. (It came out in 2011.)



  4. Anonymous on November 5, 2020 at 10:54 pm

    Extra smooth whiskey

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