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Bushmills Black Bush was surely a treat when compared to your average blended whiskies. The force of barley is strong in this one.
Something had shook this blend of malt and grain in a good way. Either it was the wind that shook the barley, like in the title of that good Irish movie.
Or maybe it was the maturing of 7 years in Spanish Oloroso sherry casks and sweet bourbon barrels. Decent stuff, I must say...
Nose: Strong barley with sweet and floral notes in the background.
Taste: Thick and wee fruity with barley still dominating the palate.
Finish: Still barley all over with some sweetness. In the finish I got the first real glimpse of the usual bad habits of blended stuff: a bit poignant and watery.
Balance: Without the fast and "usual blended" ending this would have been an 80 point whiskey. Nice job and definitely one of my favorite grain blends!