I heard lots of good things about Bushmills 21 year old Rare single malt before we had an Irish whiskey tasting with our local whisky club. And believe me, those good things turned out to be true. Truly, a magnificent whiskey by the Northern Ireland distillery, The Old Bushmills. I’ve really started to fall in love with this distillery. They have a great product in each category:
- Black Bush is a terrific blend
- Their 10 year old is one of the best “bang for buck” drams out there
- The 16 year old is a quality whiskey too
- And this 21YO – well, what can I say, just bare with me while I’m going “hallelujah” over this whiskey
Bushmills 21YO has been matured in a mixture of Ex-Oloroso Sherry and Ex-Bourbon casks, before a two year Madeira casks marrying period. This is a limited product, each bottle is numbered. The bottle we got to taste at our tasting was: 14483/2013
WILLY WONKA & THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY, but focusing more on some Chewits or Jolly Ranchers
If this whiskey was music, it would definitely be Roy Orbison’s Candy Man – tastes like fruit candy, delivered in an otherwise dark, yet very fresh palate. Like Orbison delivering the song in his Black and White Night.
Since I’m referencing movies, I won’t go into Candy Man in that area. This Irish greatness deserves a better reference. Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory is probably too obvious, but I’m sorry, that’s jsut one of the first ones that come to my mind, when thinking about films and this fruity whiskey full of candy and hints of darkness. It just has to be children’s movie, that’s associated with candy and has a dark side. It might as well could have been Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.
Tasting video of 21YO by Bushmills:
And a review from the “Toshan Man”: