Distiller: Bushmills. ABV: 40%. Age: 16 years. Price: $65-80.
Until the Mitchell & Sons Green Spot rocked my world, there wasn’t an Irish whiskey anywhere I preferred to the Bushmills 16. And the 16 is still one I can’t get enough of.
Single malt? Check. Bourbon and sherry maturation? Check. Extra port finish at the end? Check.
Deep ruby in the glass. Nose of absolutely classic sherry and port notes mingled: stewed figs, raisins, prunes. Warm and fuzzy, with a golden malt core. Dark chocolate. Glazed ham! The palate has all this and more. Full-bodied as a Carnaval dancer. White pepper. You can taste the cinnamon in that ham glaze now. Turns to clove on the finish, with a little fragrant smokiness that almost suggests a light peat.
Pure Irish whiskey delight. It’ll run you about $65-80, and it’s worth every penny. Just thinking about this one brings a smile to my face. Sipping on it is even better.
Cheers, friends! -BO