Ireland’s oldest surviving distillery is Bushmills in County Antrim in Northern Ireland. There has been a whiskey still on site since the beginning of the sixteenth century, although Bushmills itself began production in the 1780s. Bushmills is traditional pot-still single malt distiller, which produces six different brands, two malts and four blends: Black Bush, Bushmills 1608, Coleraine and Original Bushmills. A commemmorative bottling to celebrate the 400th anniversary of King James I awarding the license to distil. A blend made with a special ‘crystal malt’ which lends a toffeish note. ‘Best Irish Blended Whiskey (NAS)’ at the World Whiskies Awards 2008.
Golden in colour. The bouquet shows gentle, herbal with ripe apples and malt. The palate is fresh grain, cereal notes, alive with vanilla and pear ice cream. The flavor that is true to the Bushmills Original walks hand in hand with a real honey mid-palette and provides a floral, juicy support through the end. Mouthfeel is light as you’d expect from an Irish whiskey. While the taste becomes slightly “liqueur” like in nature, there is no cloying or annoying grasps on the tongue. The finish is clean, slightly creamy with the Bushmills notes backed by pear, and honey.