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I have four bottles of the Bushmills range in my cabinet, but so far only tasted the Single Malt 10 Year Old. Today, I tried the Black Bush.
Black Bush is not a single malt, but a blend of single malt (approx 80%) and some grain whiskey, that has matured for over 8 years (sometimes up to 11 years) in oloroso sherry oak casks.
The body is full and oily.
The nose is complex with spicy malt and some coffee. A little raisin and praline too.
On the palate it starts out some sherry notes and a little spice, then turns your mouth warm in a very pleasant way. It really coats your tongue completely. There is a little nutmeg in there somewhere too. Very oily indeed.
The finish, rather long, is spicy but not overly so. It remains sweet and very pleasant.
This is good dram, very good dram indeed.
(PS. Jim Murray rates this one a 91!)