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Bushmills Malt 21 Year Old Madeira Finish

Absolutely Stunning Irish Whiskey

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@rwbenjeyReview by @rwbenjey

3rd Apr 2011


Bushmills Malt 21 Year Old Madeira Finish
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This reinvented by perception of Irish whiskey. Jameson was ok, Redbreast was a lot better--and quite unique--but this stuff...wow.

The nose starts off with a vast array of mouthwatering scents; the wine casks, grain, raisins, and candied fruit. After it opens a little, old wood and brown sugar are detected.

Sherry seems to be the first thing I notice on the palate, followed by fresh fruit; banana and cantaloupe. A little bitterness comes after followed by seaweed on the finish.

I have yet to try the 16 Year and the 1608, but if this remains the best, I think I found my Irish whiskey staple (I'll just have to trick my wallet whenever I need more).

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Bigt commented

As I mentioned on a Black Bush Review - This is my favorite Bushmills. However, I think Black Bush is a better value. This is better, but not so much better that I would pay up for it more than once or twice.

Also, I prefer this Bushmills over the 1608 400th year anniversary.

You can't go wrong with Bushmills though. The only time I haven't liked a Bushmills product is the end of the bottle of the 16 year old 3 wood. Something about that port finish at the very end of the bottle doesn't taste good to me. But that could be a personal preference for all I know. I noticed it at the end of 2 different bottles so It wasn't a fluke though.

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rwbenjey commented

How did the 16 compare to the 21 before you hit the odd taste?

12 years ago 0

Bigt commented

RW - The 16 was very good until you reach the end.

To me, the biggest thing that stands out about the 16 is the port finish. I would highly recommend it to people who really enjoy a port finish.

Bottom line, if you like the other Bushmills products, I would give it a try. I don't think you will be disappointed. It is a fine whiskey for sure.

12 years ago 0

rwbenjey commented

Thanks Bigt, I will give the 16 a try and compare it to the 21. If it's close enough, I'll just be saving some cash : )

12 years ago 0

talexander commented

I have a bottle of Bushmills 16 I haven't yet cracked (am waiting until Mar 17) - will keep your comments on it in mind! Would love to try the 21 as well but can't find it here in Ontario.

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