BUSHMILLS 10-YEAR-OLD MALT GLASS PACK
This exceptional 10-year-old malt whiskey has been distilled in the oldest licensed whiskey distillery in the world, having received its first grant to distil in 1608 Bushmills malt is a smooth, rich single malt with overtones of vanilla, honey and sherry.
The nose- for the first time in living memory there is real grape detectable on the nose; it appears to be off the crushed sultana school of fruitiness with a few minor honeyed notes also around.
The taste- a fulsome delivery again with the grape at the vanguard; soft vanilla trundles along at Antrim speed; spices arrive with just a touch of cocoa for company.
The Finish- soft with the work being done by the grape and toffee.
The balance- this malt has now changed character enormously... and certainly not for the worse. Until recently it was traditionally a chalky effort, dry-ish with the accent on the barley and oak. Now the sherry is the major shareholder in terms of all-round shape and depth. And very good sherry butts they are, too. A great leap forward: this is a lush and lovely whiskey.