Bushmills has been distilling for over 400 years, ever since King James I issued a licence to distil in 1608. It triple distils in the traditional Irish fashion and was, until Cooley’s revival of the Connemara, Locke’s and the Tyrconnell brands, the only producer of single malt whiskey on the Irish mainland. Since being bought out by Diageo in 2005, Bushmills has enjoyed huge investment and is a distillery definitely On The Up.
Black Bush is matured for up to seven years in oloroso and bourbon casks and is an “80% malt premium whiskey”, far more malt-heavy than most blends.
The Whisky Tasting Club Notes:
Nose: Sherry. Honey. Crisp green apples. Grape.
Palate: Light to start with, then a red and green fruit extravaganza. Another nail in the coffin of blends-haters.
Retails for around £25-35