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Bushmills 21 year old

This expression has a mixture of bourbon, sherry and madeira casks and all are evident in this stunning whiskey.  The nose has sherry and sweet candy, like candy floss, roasted nuts and caramel.  It smells a bit like being at the fair.  The taste is sweet with more candy floss, chocolate orange and nutty.  If you look for it you can find the influence of all three casks types in the taste.  The finish is drying and the oak spice and influence is there for sure and perhaps it is actually a little too woody.  Tremendous whiskey but perhaps would be better at slightly higher ABV than the 40% it is bottled at as I find wood notes more dominant at lower ABVs, or perhaps bottled at around 18 years?  I accept that is just nit picking (and based on my preferences) but for $250 / bottle it doesn't quite deliver for 4 stars from me, however I can see that others will love it and so if you see this one and it is in your whiskey budget I think it is worth trying.

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  • Country of Origin: Ireland
  • Type: Single Malt
  • In '101 Whiskies to Try Before you Die': No

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