Review: Bushmills Single Malt 10 Years Old Irish Whiskey / by Jason Hambrey

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Ex-bourbon and ex-oloroso barrels
100% Malted Barley
Distiller Bushmills (Bushmills, N. Ireland)

I believe this one is mostly ex-bourbon casks, but a triple distilled malt from Bushmills. Bushmills is more known for their blends, but this 10 and a 16 and 21 year old highlight the malt in their whiskies - triple distilled in copper pot stills rather than the more typical double distillation, resulting in a lighter spirit (generally...).

Review (2018)

  • Batch: N/A

  • Bottling Code: L7171IB001 10:31

  • Bottling Date: 2017

Very nutty – it’s like opening up a bag of hazlenuts with the skins on. Apple juice, peach, oak, blanched almonds, marzipan, green wood, and light barley earthiness. The hazlenut is terrific! The palate is nutty and earthy, lightly sweet, with some vanilla and apple – leading into light, woody spice: nutmeg and cinnamon. The finish is lightly tannic and still carries a bit of that sweetness, but is where the barley really comes out and shines. It still has a bit of grassy spice to it, which is nice.

Canadian distillers often describe single malt as very nutty – this is complete evidence of that. It’s not the defining characteristic for me, generally, but it is on display here...

Recommended (81% of whiskies I’ve reviewed to date get this recommendation or higher).

Value: High, at $42.

Review (2020)

  • Batch: N/A

  • Bottling Code: L9147JB 001 11:34

  • Bottling Date: 2019

Apples, everywhere! Apple juice, mixed nuts, and a nice grassy spiciness. With time, the grainy and herbal character really grow on the nose. The palate is light and clean, with peaches, vanilla, grassy spice, baking spice, and some apple juice and peach juice leading into the finish, which is very fruity and tingly with spices.

I wanted to highlight this one, again, as I really like it and the value is often good. It is relatively light bodied, but I find it quite enjoyable – throughout. I only had it for the first time last year, and since that time it’s been a fairly consistent recommendation.

Recommended (82% of whiskies I’ve reviewed to date get this recommendation or higher).

Value: High. Difficult to do better than this for $45, especially in the single malt category.