NOSE - Aromatic nose with hints of almonds and a nutty sweetness
TASTE - A warm port sweetness on the back of the throat that drifts up to form an almond‚ marzipan fusion with hints of honey and praline
FINISH - Deep‚ jammy and dark chocolate
Ultimate Beverage Challenge 97 points - (UB Collection,Chairman’s Trophy,Tried & True Award)- Malty with notes of cocoa, rhubarb, cherry liqueur, and honey. Nutty and full on the palate, with a savory edge. Baked apricot and honey linger onto the finish, which is luscious and lengthy. (Mar 2015)
Wine Enthusiast 96 points - The smashing bouquet features delightful notes of toasted wheat bread, oatmeal, black raisins, trail mix, roasted chestnuts, bacon fat, sweet butter, ruby Port and prunes. Entry is peppery, moderately sweet and smoky; midpalate features succulent tastes of dark chocolate-covered cherries and strawberries, honey and smoked nuts. Finishes elegantly and clean, with deft traces of smoke and cocoa.
— P.P. (12/1/2008) — 96-100 (Dec 2008)
A rare single malt Irish whiskey. With "Three Wood" maturation and finishing, a malt of distinction emerges, with a fullness of depth and flavour rarely found. This exceptional whiskey is matured for 16 years or more in a combination of American bourbon barrels and Spanish Oloroso sherry butts. The bourbon barrels infuse delicate honey, mild toasted wood and vanilla notes, while the sherry wood lends the malt a rich, fruity sweetness and a distinct nutty character. These whiskeys are then vatted together and married for several months in large old port pipes. This imparts a subtle finishing touch of sweet wine, and allows all flavour elements to gently mellow together, giving Bushmills Malt 16 Year Old its depth, balance and complexity.
|Wine maker notes
|“Well‚ it takes a special dedication to create the Bushmills 16 year-old‚ that and lots of patience. Two whiskeys are matured for 16 years‚ one in a bourbon barrel and the other in sherry‚ and then they are married together in a sweet port infused cask. It’s a marriage made in heaven!”