During my last visit to Ireland couple of months ago, a very good friend of mine asked me to get him a bottle of Bushmills 21 Year Old. When I got back, we opened the bottle together and enjoyed the great Irish Whiskey together. Normally I am a Scotch guy and find Irish Whiskeys a bit on the mellow side but this one along with Redbreast 21 Year Old found themselves a spot in my top selections.

Bushmills 21 Year Old is the oldest expression in the regular lineup from the ‘Old Bushmills Distillery‘. Being an Irish, it is triple distilled. The spirits forming the character of this great liquid start their maturation in Ex Bourbon and  Ex Oloroso Sherry Casks. After 19 years, these spirits are vatted and put in Ex Madeira Wine Casks for an additional 2 years before being bottled.  – Madeira is a fortified wine available in a range of dry to sweet styles. It gets its name from the island of Madeira, a small, beautiful rock in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. Madeira’s unique taste comes from repeatedly heating the wine. The heating creates a wine with fascinating flavors of roasted nuts, stewed fruit, caramel, and toffee. –

Bushmills 21 Year Old comes in individually numbered bottles. The alcohol content is 40% ABV and does contain artificial coloring. It is available via Whisky Exchange website with a price tag of £168.

Bushmills 21 Year Old Rare

Bushmills 21 Year Old Rare Whisky Tasting Notes

Color: Deep rich amber almost like liquid caramel….

Nose: Mesmerizing… Well balanced…. Warm fruit compote… Figs, apricots and red berries along with some light tropical touches, mango and a bit of pineapple … drizzled with hot caramel and honey… bitter sweets of dark chocolate…. Nice presence of maltyness and nuttiness balance the excess sweets… Feint spices on the background… some cinnamon and maybe a bit of ginger…

Palate: Full bodied and thick almost creamy… Nice balance of malty flavors and sweet fruits… Freshly baked apple pie and caramel sticks… warm figs, dates and raisins… Wood influence in the form of nuts and vanilla… Cinnamon has a stronger influence than the nose… Some darker, bitter aromas like coffee on the back ground…

Finish: Long and dry finish…  Starts sweet with raisins… leaving behind spicy and malty after taste…

As I said before I find most Irish Whiskeys a bit mellow which is not a bad thing. They are easy to drink but on most cases one dimensional. In Bushmills 21 Year Old’s case this is different. It is a very well balanced expression offering different aromas, flavors and experiences to the enthusiasts. I highly recommend it to all Whisky lovers…

Enjoy…

Bushmills 21 Year Old Rare Whisky Review
Overall Score91%
91%Overall Score

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