Bushmills Irish Whiskey
This is a blended Irish whiskey, which in the case of Bushmills means a mixture of triple-distilled Bushmills Irish single malt whiskey with column-still Irish grain whiskey. Unlike brands like Jameson and Powers which combine single pot-still whiskey with their grain, Bushmills uses single-malt. It’s not that simple, though. In a quest to extract the lightest possible spirit during malt distillation, the distillate is circulated through the series of stills several times – some of it much more than three times – with the excess from very narrow cuts being returned to the still again and again. The malt is then aged largely in first-fill ex-bourbon American oak barrels.
Nose: Black pepper, faint dried coconut. Asphalt. Charcoal. Oatmeal.
Palate: Mildly creamy body, with more black pepper up front, and a suggestion of marshmallow. Pleasant cereal flavors on the tongue, without any depth at all.
Finish: Some brown sugar and oats on the finish. Very short.