Bushmills Malt 16 Yr Old Single Malt Whiskey 88pts A Review by Chip Dykstra (Aka Arctic Wolf) The 16 Yr old Bushmills Single Malt is comprised of whiskey distilled three times. A portion of the whiskey is aged in American oak bourbon casks and a portion is aged in Oloroso sherry oak casks. All of the whiskey is aged for 16 or more years. The final whiskey is blended prior to finishing in old oak Port wine pipes. With … more
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Irish Whiskey has its own unique flavour heritage, spicy anise and a smooth grainy profile. Personally I find Irish whiskey to be a smooth and easy to drink. Bushmills 16yr Single Malt does not disappoint in this regard. The Irish heritage stands proudly here, but this is a single malt, not a grain whiskey. This means we get a little more sweetness on the palate. The anise flavour is more licorice like. However the whiskey has other complex flavours not commonly found in other Irish whiskeys. A firm but mellow vanilla bourbon (from the American whiskey oak), a subtle but slightly heavy sherry influence (from the Oloroso cask), and fruity cherry like flavours from the port pipes.