Bushmills 21 years Irish Single Malt is not only old enough to order itself at a bar, but it tastes amazing. I remember the first time I tried it I was floored and every time I’ve gone back to it over the years I’ve consistently been impressed. It is now, and has been for about 6 years, one of my favorite, “easy to find”, whiskeys on this planet.
Bushmills 21 starts out with the same triple distilled Bushmills Single Malt juice that’s in all of the Bushmills whiskeys and like the Bushmills 16 it utilizes 3 different casks in it’s maturation, but instead of getting finished in port barrels it’s finished in madeira barrels. After spending 21 years in ex-bourbon and ex-sherry barrels the whiskeys are mixed together and set to marry for up to 2 years in the ex-madeira barrels giving the whiskey some wonderful fruity and darkly sweet notes.
Bushmills 21 years Irish Single Malt Review
Age: 21 years
Complex orchard and tropical fruit that’s a mix of apples, guava, pears and papaya to name a few. Rich malty sweetness, caramel, dark fruit gummies, toffee, vanilla custard, brittle, and candied citrus rind. The aroma on this thing is fantastic.
Rich malty sweetness, dark complex fruit, sherry like notes, wood, raisins, cinnamon and a nutty undertone create the bulk of the flavor tapestry. Light notes of vanilla and char flit about and become more present towards the end.
Long and raisiny with notes of wood, spice, malt and dark fruity sweetness.
BALANCE, BODY & FEEL
Perfectly balanced with a rich round body and thick heavy texture.
There is a reason Bushmills 21 has been on of my favorite whiskeys for the last 6 years… it’s really damn good. Rich, dark and fruity malty nose; malty raisiny flavor; long delicious finish and a thick chewy texture… what’s not to like? Seriously. It’s just plain amazing.
- Nose - 94
- Palate - 93
- Finish - 93
- Balance, Body & Feel - 94
Bushmills 21 Value
Bushmills 21 is 1/2 the price of the Redbreast 21 and tastes almost as good. It's also a whole lot cheaper than most Single Malt Scotches that have spent more than 2 decades in wood. This is definitely a great value in the world of over-aged whiskey… Irish or not.