Liqueur - Liquor Base

Bushmills Irish Honey

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San Francisco World Spirits Competition

  • 2012
  • 2013
  • 2014
  • 2015

Beverage Testing Institute

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Wine Enthusiast

  • 2014

Proof66 Notes

Bushmills Irish Honey takes their flagship original whiskey and infuses what they call "all natural flavors" and we presume from the label a good healthy dose of honey. It was first launched in 2012 in response to a rise in flavored whiskeys from America. In a review at Drink Spirits, they detected apple and pear flavors in addition to the honey. We struggled to classify this spirit--we have no current category for "flavored Irish Whiskey"--and instead called it a liqueur to group it in more like-minded spirits.

Bushmills whiskey is made at the Old Bushmills Distillery, the oldest operating distillery in Ireland. It marks its founding in 1608 when King James granted Sir Thomas Phillips the right to distill whiskey. It became registered in 1784. Today, it continues to produce only single malt (barley) whiskey and when it blends uses grain whiskey from other distilleries. They distill in a combination of 9, swan-neck stills that they believe produces a "lighter, smoother" style of whiskey. The brand and distillery were both acquired by international conglomerate Diageo in 2006 who later traded it to Jose Cuervo in March, 2015 in exchange for the Don Julio brand.

Rabble Reviews

This bottle has 2 ratings and 2 reviews.
mwarf mwarf (1) (2013-10-01)
Decent but I think I'll keep as a mixer. No real honey flavor and finishes hot.
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flintquatch flintquatch (196) (2013-09-24)
Decent whiskey, but not what it bills itself as... there is no honey here at all. Even hard for me to tell apart from regular bushmills.
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