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On the Facebook ‘Whisky Bloggers’ the idea of a Flash Mob arose to publish the very same tasting note on the same date. The date, 17th March, made us decide to go for an Irish whiskey. I even turned it into a little video as well, to be seen on YouTube. Anyway. The Bushmills Black Bush is a blend, consisting of 80% malt whiskey and 20% grain. It matured for 7 years on both bourbon and oloroso sherry casks.
The nose needs a bit of time. It starts soft and accessible with both grain and raisins, mandarin and some caramel. A bit floral, some chocolate, praline and rum. Baked apples. Cinnamon. Quite a nice mix.
On the palate, it is wide awake. Honeysweet with a sharp edge from the grain, that is immediately softened by a rumlike sweetness. Apricots, yellow raisins and a light bit from the spices. The sherry is prominent, but under controle. The next sip offers grain cookies with chocolate. Honey. Hints of nuts and a touch of oak towards the end.
The finish is not overly long, but very pleasant with a nice balance between the fruit and the toasted oak.
An excellent blended whiskey, that holds its own next to quite a few malts. And less than 35 EUR for a one liter bottle. Now that is value for money.