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Bushmills 1608 400th Anniversary

Irish aqua vitae at its best

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@phoenixReview by @phoenix

3rd Jun 2013

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A very special edition of the Bushmills 1608 blend, this commemorates the distillery’s 400 year anniversary. A blend containing 95% malt and 5% grain whiskey made with 30% crystal malt* for exceptional smoothness.

Crystal malts are high-nitrogen malts that are wetted and roasted in a rotating drum before kilning. They produce strongly sweet toffee-like flavors and are sufficiently converted that they can be steeped without mashing to extract their flavour.

Irish whiskies can be very smooth due mostly to their use of triple distillation (not all). However, this whisky redefines 'smooth'. It's exceptional and makes for easy dramming. Don't be fooled though, this whisky is also complex and balanced.

Nose: Rich, warm. Plenty of floral, sherried notes. Slightly earthy, berry fruits, vanilla and a hint of smoke.

Palate: Full, round palate with marzipan, peels, sherry, thickness.

Finish: Long and fruity, becomes slightly dry.

Overall: A superb Irish blend, lovely balance

World Whiskies Awards 2012 - Best Irish No Age Statement Blended Whiskey (previously won in 2008). Jim Murray awarded the blend 94 points.The bottle, with its easily identified shape, comes in a very nicely presented case and makes for a perfect gift.

This whisky now sits in my 'core collection' - those few whiskies that are relpaced instantly they are drunk.

Treat yourself.

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