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A little of 5 years ago I tried this Bushmills for the first time. I remember thinking it was absolutely stunning, but my knowledge was still rather limited. Now, with over 2.000 whisky’s under my belt, I think it is time to revisit this one. Mind you: this is not a single malt, but a blend that was awarded the title Best Irish Blended Whiskey in 2008.
The nose is honeysweet on mango, banana, marshmallows and figs. Peach from a can. Walnuts. Hint of candied syrup, the one you put on pancakes. Dark, let me describe it like that. Loads of vanilla and caramel. Very inviting.
The palate is wonderfully creamy and very sweet. Think apricots, peach, vanilla and mandarin. Hint of chocolate, but also – please do not laugh – peanut butter! Something that reminds me of rum. Quite syrupy on second sip. Touch zesty. Sugared orange peel.
The finish is surprisingly long on dried fruit and chocolate with a hint of honey.
The Bushmills 1608 remains a top dram in my book. Thanks, Pat!