Third whiskey of the range, Bushmills Black Bush contains more than 80% of 7 to 9-year-old Bushmills single malt, and is matured mostly in ex-Oloroso Spanish oak casks. As the two previous ones, it’s bottled at 40% ABV and probably chill-filtered and coloured.
The colour is deep gold with a copper hue.
Citrus, citrus and maybe citrus. Lemon, orange, grapefruit, they’re all here. Nuts, and maybe a hint of sulphur with hot rubber.
Sweet and less spicy than the original. Very thin, maybe thinner than the original. Spices take their time to kick in, then chili pepper and cinnamon wake up. Orange peels, burnt toast, wood, coffee and caramel. More woody than fruity.
The spices tingle on the tongue, with an aftertaste of grapefruit with sugar on top. Longer finish than the Original and Red Bush. Gets drying on the gums after a while.
Now we have something you can consider to buy, that will be nice for a palate opener before going to better drams.