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When I'm ready for a single malt, I usually have a specific expression in mind; something to fulfill a targeted flavor, like my current fave Laphroaig 10 Cask Strength Batch 002 (My God, it's full of Peat!). To be clear, This is not that dram. This is a sublime, blended whisky that has become my daily drop. A brilliant palette opener and a relative comfort.
Along with the glorious Hibiki 12, This Bushmills has won me over as my go to blended bottle. On the nose, the initial aroma of rubber might throw some off of the true warmth of this dram (I know it caught me by surprise). As it opens, spirals of vanilla, strawberries and a slightly medicinal echo comes through.
The Taste is a fine mixture of Vanilla, honey toast, cinnamon, slight mint, and salt. On the finish it comes off a bit dry with a warm delay, waves of fresh grass and a distant afterglow of vanilla ice cream with strawberries.
Overall, a very bright and welcoming blend.