Irish Whiskey - Blended

Bushmills Black Bush Finest Irish Blended Whiskey

Rating Information

  • Proof66 Rating
    714 / 904
    Rabble Rating
    4.2 / 5.0
    Price (USD)
    $49
    Proof
    80.0

Rating Description

98th Percentile
This score falls in the 98th percentile of all spirits in the Whiskey category and is an example of the very best in its class.

Notes

Bushmills Black Bush whiskey is a blended whiskey that carries no age statement. It uses a unique recipe of different grains and aged in sherry cask... the website is very coy about how the name came about.

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 distillin 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.

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bonez1972 (9) (2014-08-19)

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voiceofsticks (11) (2014-01-18)
Great for a deep dive into "better" Irish whiskey. My wife and I love sipping this stuff. She enjoyed following Bushmills' instructions and mixing it with ginger ale and crushed mint leaves but I found that a bit sweet. After starting with the baseline Bushmills this a fantastic step up with a real depth of flavor. Weird grainy aftertaste - hated it at first but it's grown on me.
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rocketman42 (10) (2013-09-08)
Good flavor and just a little burn. It is very pleasant. A good balance of oak and sweetness, in contrast to the other offerings in this price range that the oak overwhelms and burns like fire. I enjoy it on the rocks, but it is smooth in any form. Redbreast 12 is $70 in my area and this is $30, so this has become my daily drinker.
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Quetzal (85) (2013-08-12)
(3 out of 5). I'm not quite in agreement with the general consensus here. While not unpleasant, it's nothing exceptional. Cereal and something like mustard on the nose, very light body, but not as sweet as Irish Whisky tends to be. Not bad, but not something I'll buy frequently. Get Redbreast 12 year instead. $35 in my area.
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ProfessorCocktail (49) (2012-04-09)
Black Bush has a welcome aroma of spice and malt, reminiscent of toasted cereal grains. (This is not surprising, given that Black Bush is reportedly made with 85% malt whiskey, a higher ratio than the usual blended Irish whiskey.) After some time in the glass, the scent of caramel starts to come through as well. It's a very inviting aroma that promises good things to come. The taste confirms that promise. The flavor of caramel and malt continues on the palate, along with the essence of oak and sherry. The time spent maturing in former sherry casks definitely gives this whiskey an additional something special. Black Bush is a remarkably balanced whiskey, achieving harmony between sweetness and spice, and smoothness and fire. Is has just the right amount of heat to it, giving it a nice kick without making it hard to drink. For the complete review, and more like it, please visit ProfessorCocktail.com.
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magezi (56) (2012-03-08)
Really good whiskey! There's about 80% single malt, so that little grain whisky there is does it little bit lighter and gives nice little bite in the finish. It's about 9 years old and kept only in sherry barrels, so it tastes very much like sherry! I think this is perfect summer whiskey, real magic potion!
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Allan (118) (2011-07-14)
I'm not much for blended whiskey so take this with a grain of salt. I found it to be a bit harsh but better than say Jamesons.That said not as good as Redbreast which is a single.
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LAKERS (7) (2011-04-04)
Never mind the price. This stuff is pure gold. One of my favorites. I prefer drinking it neat but you do get different and equally tasty flavors if you add a little bit of water. The aftertaste is the best part of this whiskey.
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mvg1 (21) (2011-01-17)
Great rating for this one, Bushmills Black bush is for the price and quality the best whiskey on the market. hints of vanilla, spice, and a nutty character for alot of this whiskey is a single malt. Also on the finish very smooth with a slight burn medium finish.. Top 5 irish whiskeys of all time.! trueley superior to whats out there in the 30 dollar range. 5 stars *****
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Phizbin (186) (2010-12-09)
Whew! I saw the reviews and was interested enough to give this whiskey a try. Ive got to say, it comes in hot. Very hot for an 80 proof whiskey! It is robust in flavor and has a lot going for it... almost has a bourbon finish to it. But overall, I think of Irish whiskeys as being sweet, mild, and playful. The Black Bush is kind of angry...
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