Bushmills 12-year-old

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Select Casks - Caribbean Rum
Stated Age
12 years old
American Bourbon / Spanish Oloroso Sherry / Caribbean Rum
40.0 % Vol.
1000 ml
Added on
31 Jan 2010 6:53 pm

Average value

€ 351.25

13 × in wishlist

36 × member ratings

81 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Bushmills 12-year-old

8 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 82.91 points

  1. schengel10 scored this whisky 74 points Connoisseur

    A successful special bottling! A "refinement" of the "Bushmills 10 Years", unfortunately only filled with 40%!
    • Nose
      mild on the nose, malty, delicate vanilla and distinct rum aromas;
    • Taste
      soft, full-bodied, malty, the rum aromas are beautifully integrated, harmonious;
    • Finish
      medium length, pleasant finish;

  2. Der_Schnappulierer scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    A great Bushmills that clearly has its strengths in the taste. The nose is good, as is the finish, but the whiskey unfolds its class in the mouth. A well-made tropical Irishman.
    • Nose
      84 84
      Very mild, light-fruity (apple), but also juicy orange, the rum barrel is clearly noticeable and very pleasant. Vanilla, honey and malt. Fancy.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Starts very softly in the mouth and then full fruit explosion! Orange, grapefruit, papaya and limes. Unusually sour the whole thing. Also works stronger than the 40%. Cool!
    • Finish
      85 85
      Medium long, light oak, nicely malty and sour.

  3. Malthead19 scored this whisky 74 points Expert Senior

    - good refinement of the 10 y.
    - Special bottling for then 35 €
    - worth trying
    • Nose
      typical malty Irish smell, rum note clearly present
    • Taste
      Irish style, malty note, the rum noticeable in the mouth, but still strong alcohol development, especially at the end, somehow has a stronger effect than the 10er
    • Finish
      short finish;
      longer alcoholic aftertaste, also here rum

  4. herby.usa scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    Aroma: heather, honey, toffee, pineapple, mint, citrus fruits, lavender, apple
    Taste: honey, spicy, fresh mint and lemon, relatively thin, watery mouthfeel
    Finish: short, sweet

    Conclusion: The Bushmills promises more in terms of aroma than it delivers in terms of taste. It is quite one-dimensional, but still drinkable.

  5. Coldorak scored this whisky 76 points Expert Senior

    Color: Chardonnay
    An easy sipper, good to open the palate before more complex whiskies.
    • Nose
      74 74
      Not a strong nose, quite extinct at first. Honey, vanilla, fresh fruits
    • Taste
      80 80
      Spices, dark chocolate, the sherry casks have more influence than the bourbon ones. A bit watery. Touch of pepper, caramel and exotic fruits (pineapple, banana). Not very complex. Would have gained a lot from a higher abv I think.
    • Finish
      75 75
      Medium to short, on orange and oak.

  6. wbarchive_712710 scored this whisky 100 points Member Senior

    The rum cask shines through and there's some sweetness and fruit with exotic touches. One of the very few whiskies to earn a straight 100 rating.

    As for 40 abv, this is exactly the right decision by Bushmills, as the spirit wouldn't have taken kindly to a higher abv. Just perfect.

  7. Furtia scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      80 80

  8. Willie JJ scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    A bit strange but I really like it.
    • Nose
      Squashed lemons on a garage floor. A delightful mix of citrus and petrol. Who knew?
    • Taste
      Malt, bicycle oil and lemon juice.
    • Finish
      Lemon sugar and light spices.


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