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Bushmills 10 Year Old

A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Whiskey

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@OdysseusUnboundReview by @OdysseusUnbound

6th Oct 2019


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The light music of whiskey falling into a glass; an agreeable interlude.

I’ve got a bit of a soft spot for Bushmills since James Joyce mentions it by name in Ulysses. I’m a fan of everything Joyce wrote, so my scoring may not be purely objective.

I purchased this whiskey on sale for about $42 CAD and sipped most of it up at our “cottage” on the French River.

Tasting Notes

  • Nose (undiluted): honeycrisp apples, cloves, cinnamon, an aroma reminiscent of sewing machine oil (it’s pleasant, I promise)
  • Palate (undiluted): light arrival, floral, honey, milk chocolate, a touch of salted butter, more apples
  • Finish: medium length, some oak, cinnamon, a hint of cardamom, apple skins, biscuits (scones?)

Water makes the whiskey a bit more “cereal-forward” with some porridge notes and Nilla wafers taking center stage. Lovely either way, but I prefer it neat.

I’d love to taste an older Bushmills, say the 16 or the 21 year. The 10 year displays all the traditional characteristics of triple distilled Irish single malt, which isn’t surprising since Bushmills is pretty much synonymous with Irish single malt. It doesn’t seem to suffer for being bottled at 40% abv. I would obviously love to try it at 46% or even at Cask Strength, but I would not hesitate to re-purchase this bottle. It’s good enough to sip “thoughtfully” and yet light enough to share and drink “socially”.

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RianC commented

@OdysseusUnbound - Nice review. I'll have to grab one of these at some point.

6 months ago 2Who liked this?

Jonathan commented

Bushmills is great. Rhanks for the detailed reminder.

6 months ago 1Who liked this?

MadSingleMalt commented

Is this stuff triple-distilled? I kinda thought Bushmills did double.

(Or was that Cooley, rather that Bushmills, who was the oddball among bigger Irish distilleries?)

6 months ago 0

MadSingleMalt commented

@OdysseusUnbound. Gotcha. Thanks. I know one can Google this stuff, but sometimes it's more fun to gossip. :)

6 months ago 1Who liked this?

Victor commented

I have never understood why people pay much attention to double vs triple distillation. As far as I am concerned the quality of each distillation far supercedes any talk about the number of times the product is distilled. Two well-executed distillations far excel beyond three half-assed distillations.

For me double vs triple distilled is no more significant than the difference between one vodka advertising 9 distillations and another advertising 11 distillations..

6 months ago 1Who liked this?

OdysseusUnbound commented

@Victor But to paraphrase the great Nigel Tufnel: it’s one louder

6 months ago 1Who liked this?

MadSingleMalt commented

I dunno... I think that's good fun stuff about production - like Springbank's and Mortlach's funky distillation regimes.

But yeah, I agree that I'd prefer distillers be using their whole ass when they distill, regardless of the number. stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye

6 months ago 3Who liked this?

BlueNote commented

@OdysseusUnbound Speaking of James Joyce, I’ve been meaning to read Ulysses since my university days. It’s sitting on the shelf beside Lawrence Durrell’s Alexandria Quartet, which I have also started several times but never had the stamina to plough through. You have inspired me to try Ulysses again. It might go better with a glass or two of good Irish whiskey. smiley

5 months ago 2Who liked this?

Nozinan commented

@BlueNote That's an idea

Any good Scottish books anyone can recommend to go with Scotch?

Any good Indian books to pair with Amrut?

5 months ago 0

OdysseusUnbound commented

@BlueNote If you read The Odyssey and Hamlet before you take on Ulysses, the whole thing might make more sense. But I'm a fan of James Joyce so take my suggestions with a grain of salt. Heck, I even enjoyed Finnegans Wake, although I'm sure I didn't really understand it, but it's a fun read.

5 months ago 0

OdysseusUnbound commented


  • Scottish books: A Treatise of Human Nature or An Enquiry Concerning the Principles of Morals by David Hume, Treasure Island or Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson, or any collection of poems by Robert Burns
  • Indian books: Midnight's Children or The Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie, The Shadow Lines by Amitav Ghosh (one of my favourites).

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