Twelve years before the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock, Sir Thomas Phillips was granted a license to distill whiskey. Some 400 years later, the oldest registered distillery in the world is still going strong. Bushmills family of whiskeys continues to fill shelves in bars, and decorate cabinets at homes around the world. And on one lovely evening with cooler temperatures settling in, we blind tasted Bushmills Irish Whiskey.
Bushmills Irish Whiskey is more popularly known simply as Bushmills White Label. This clever name comes from the fact that it has a white label on the bottle. This trend continues in the equally clever naming of Bushmills Black Label. That particular whiskey has a black label on the bottle.
Anyway, back to the review. This was our seventh blind review, and as always, we had a blast sipping, discussing, and just enjoying good friends and conversation.
Bushmills White Label is a blend of triple distilled single malt whiskey with a lighter Irish grain, and matured in American oak barrels.
The initial approach was overpowered by the scent of alcohol. This did change for the better on the second approach as hints of floral, vanilla, and a bit of smoke came out.
The taste was very smooth. There were definite notes of caramel and vanilla, with that smoky smell coming through in the taste. But after that, it got very narrow, and basically just ended there. The taste did not really support how it smelled, and it left a very unpleasant aftertaste. Some even compared it to envelope glue, which to some, that may be a good thing? But probably not in whiskey.
After we tallied up the scores of the review, Bushmills White Label received a finger rating of 1.5 fingers. While this is not terrible, it is definitely on the lower side of our reviews. This simply means that for most of the Society, if someone was to pour us some White Label, we would be fine with just a finger, maybe a bit more. Overall we give this Irish Whiskey a low value. There are just too many better options in the same price range that make it hard to recommend Bushmills White Label. We do feel that you should not discard Bushmills altogether. We even partook of Bushmills Black Label on the same night, and quite enjoyed that whiskey. So that should be considered.
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