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Bushmills produces some of the best Irish whiskeys in my humble opinion. I love the Original and Black Bush and adore the 10 Year Old single malt, so I was expecting quite a bit from this 16 Year Old Three Wood.
This single malt is matured in three types of wood, being American boubon barrels, Oloroso sherry casks and finally finished in old Port wine Pipes.
This explains the dark complexity of this wonderful dram.
The nose is mostly nuts, honey, some banana and vanilla fugde. Even a slight whiff of chocolate. A great nose.
On the palate, the sherry and port take center stage, but there is some coconut, raisins or other rich fruit and a little spiciness in the background. Well balanced!
The finish is medium, with again loads of rich fruit and the port comes back in full force.
I wouldn't rate this one 10 stars, but it's a very nice dram indeed.