I already tried the Bushmills Black Bush in 2009 and 2013. It is a well-known and populair blend that does not disappoint. Au contraire! It consists of 20% grain and 80% malt and matured for at least 7 years on oloroso sherry casks. Let’s try a recent bottling from 2017.
The nose is silky soft on semoule with raisins, honey and breakfast cereals, mandarin, chocolate with praline filling and baked apples with cinnamon. Banana and peach. Less floral than previous releases. Very, very good.
It is fruity and sweet on the palate, but with a sharp edge. Peach again, but also clear notes of wood, which I had less in previous releases. Honey and allspice. Sultanas? I confess I am just a tad disappointed after the wonderful nose.
The finish is medium long, starts sweet, but quickly becomes dry and mildly bitter.
It all started so well on the nose, but this batch leaves a bit to be desired on both palate and finish. Nevertheless, this is still bang for your buck.