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Bushmills 16 Year Old 3 Wood

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@mystycreekReview by @mystycreek

2nd Dec 2016

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  • Taste
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  • Finish
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It's a 50ml sample given by a friend, I forgot to ask when was the bottle opened. This whisky is triple-distilled single malt which is aged in three types of casks: oloroso, bourbon and port wine.

Nose: Fruity and slightly sweet. Dark fruit, raisin, dark chocolate, peanut butter and licorice.

Palate: Maple sugar, port, sherry, vanilla, cinnamon and spice. The flavors mixed well together, rich and sophisticated, tastes so smooth with moderate sweetness and a touch of tannin.

Finish: Syrup, raspberry ,barley and spice. Soft, clean and short.

Balance: For a 40% ABV whisky it is quite concentrated and complex, the port wood really delivers the fruity, winy and sweet flavors, and it tastes clean and less malty due to triple distillation.

Overall: A well-matured Irish whisky, round and enjoyable, the port cask's influence is very prominent. Lusher and rounder than Glenmorangie Quinta Ruban, Bushmill 16 yo is worth trying if you like wine cask finish, rum drinker might find this attractive too.

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9 comments

@Victor
Victor commented

@mystycreek, thanks for a very nicely written review. I wish I could taste from that bottle you are reviewing. I don't doubt that Bushmills 16 could turn out well, but both bottles from which I have previously sampled did not turn out well, mostly because of sulphur contamination. Batch variation is a big thing in whiskey. Bushmills 21 yo is a whiskey of great beauty. For me, though, I wouldn't consider buying a bottle of the Bushmills 16 yo without tasting from that batch first.

4 years ago 0

@mystycreek
mystycreek commented

@Victor I'm wondering if sulphur problem only occured in the 16 yo or it was found regularly in the Bushmills line-up. As your comment and other users' reviews suggest Bushmill 16 yo seems to have sulphur trouble very often, while other Bushmills whiskies are ok?

4 years ago 0

@Victor
Victor commented

@mystycreek, I have not yet encountered sulphur issues with any of the Bushmills products other than the 16 YO Single Malt. Happily.

4 years ago 0

@mystycreek
mystycreek commented

@Victor Glad to hear that. I'm not particular fond in lighter whiskies, so I have been looking away from Irish whisky for a long time. Bushmills 16 yo really makes a good impression to me, gonna try some more Irish stuff and take it seriously.

4 years ago 0

@paddockjudge
paddockjudge commented

@mystycreek, Considering that you make mention of " trying more Irish stuff", I suggest that you explore another wine-finished Bushmills, the 21 year which is by far superior to the 16 year. You certainly won't hear differently from anyone else on this thread;)

4 years ago 0

@Victor
Victor commented

@mystycreek, if you see it, the special edition Tullamore DEW Phoenix Limited Edition has quite a lot of "oomph" for an Irish blended whiskey. Bottling at 55% ABV has a lot to do with that. I am a big fan of that one.

4 years ago 0

@mystycreek
mystycreek commented

Thanks a million for the advice @paddockjudge and @Victor, but sadly Bushmills 21 yo is out of my range and I have not seen Tullamore DEW Phoenix in Taiwan yet. I will probably start with Teeling Single Grain, a single grain aged in Cabernet Sauvignon casks and bottled at 46% totally gets me hooked on.

4 years ago 0

@Victor
Victor commented

@mystycreek, in the "Irish good value for the money" and maybe reasonable availability (one hopes) I would also suggest Jameson Black Barrel. Prices for the Jameson premium products have gone way up recently, but Black Barrel remains fairly reasonably priced, at least here. I don't know whether it is sold in Taipei. Standard Jameson is very batch variable, and can be anything from quite good to downright bad. I never take a chance buying a bottle with that degree of batch variation, without having tasted from the exact batch in advance. So far I haven't tasted any bad Black Barrel. Can you get Connemara Cask Strength there? That's a good one. In the peated category, of course. Standard Connemara is a bit anemic. I used to have a nice Irish Whiskey Desert Island List, but that is currently in mothballs, aka Connosr data storage. Stuff like Jameson 12 yo and Gold are ones I usually like (batch variation I hear recently, though, in the Gold), but they have gotten pretty pricey. As with most around here, I am also very much a fan of both the CS and standard Redbreast 12 YOs...and Bushmills Black Bush.

4 years ago 0

@mystycreek
mystycreek commented

@Victor Teeling and Bushmills have complete lineup here, while others more common for just basic stuff. I didn't know anything about Jameson Black Barrel before, but I have seen Jameson Gold in the liquor store(at not so attractive price). Overall Irish whiskies are a bit hard to find here, most of the places just don't sell them at all.

4 years ago 0

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