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About 3 years ago I purchased a bottle of Black Bush after being acquainted with this fine whiskey at a local pub.
At the time, I consumed a few drams, without really giving it much attention or appreciation. I tucked the bottle away in a storage container in my basement, leaving it as a last resort, or for guests who prefer imbibing Irish whiskey.
As sad as this may be, I developed a level of whiskey snobery over the past few years. My reasonsing was, "Meh, it's only blended Irish whiskey, and it doesn't hold a flame to single malt scotch whiskies, blah, blah, blah."
Although I am far from being a whiskey expert, I have done a bit of research. My research on Black Bush revealed how this blended Irish has a large proportion of malt added to the grain spirit. Since my tastes matured, I decided to revisit the Bush. I was not disappointed! Here are my thoughts on this whiskey:
Colour: Dark gold/orange, almost tawny like
Nose: smells like a Speysider, sherry sweetness, toffee sweetness, slightest hint of smoke.
Palate: smooth, slight spice, nutty sweetness, medium
viscocity. You can definately taste malt! The taste is familiar, like a medium bodied single malt speyside malt. Glenfiddich 15? Aberfeldy?
Finish: medium, pleasant aftertaste, smooth nutty finish.
Overall, Bushmill's Black Bush is an everyday, easy to drink blended Irish whiskey. Definately worth the attention this St. Paddy's Day!
(This was my first review)