Bushmills 1608

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
400th Anniversary
Bourbon and Sherry Casks
46.0 % Vol.
700 ml 750 ml
Added on
01 Feb 2010 8:36 am

Average value

€ 233.00

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252 × member ratings

771 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Bushmills 1608

46 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 82.94 points

  1. Marko_I did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    For then about 35 € was a Superwhiskey, from Blend noticing, full, sweet, with pleasant tart notes. That's a few years ago (how "limited" was that?), If you get it cheap, it's worth a try, but you should not pay fancy prices (50+).
    • Nose
      Forest honey, herb-nutty (walnut, Brazil nut), also reminiscent of coniferous forest, pine cones, resin (but not so Tannennadelbitter), brown candy, caramel, sugar beet syrup
    • Taste
      full-bodied, sweet and creamy, milk chocolate, nut nougat cream, here too I have a bit of the feeling to eat candy ... and behind it very sweet, overripe orange, orange marmalade with peels
    • Finish
      long, cocoa, forest honey and again a good portion of resin

  2. Mvk_dub scored this whisky 94 points Member Junior

    Bushmills 1608 Anniversary Edition was released in 2008 to celebrate Bushmills’ 400th anniversary. (On April 20, 1608, King James I granted the Governor of Co Antrim a license to distil in the area.)

    What makes this whiskey unique is the use of crystal (aka "caramel") malt in the grain bill:

    '...This special type of malted barley is obtained by gently roasting the germinated barley corns while still moist, which partly crystallizes the grains and enhances the natural sweetness of the malt. When carefully distilled and matured, crystal malt delivers exceptional smoothness as well as distinct toffee and chocolaty note.

    This crystal malt whiskey is carefully blended with classic Bushmills malt whiskey matured in a combination of American oak casks and Spanish Oloroso Sherry casks, lending notes of vanilla and honey, dried fruit and nuts to the final blend. There is also a small proportion of aged Irish grain whiskey contributing a sweet, fresh crisp note to Bushmills 1608.

    Bushmills 1608 is bottled at the slightly higher than normal strength of 46% ABV for optimum flavour development.'

    Jim Murray awarded the blend 94 points.


    World Whiskies Awards, 2012 - Best Irish Blended Whiskey (No Age Statement)

    International Wine & Spirit Competition, 2009 - Gold (Best In Class)

    International Wine & Spirit Competition, 2008 - Gold (Best In Class)

    World Whiskies Awards, 2008 - Best Irish Blended Whiskey (No Age Statement)

  3. Malthead19 scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    - a mature and well composed Irish blend
    - Due to the high malt content (90%) you would not get up
    tap a blend
    - Special edition (with high circulation)
    - The 46% is clearly noticeable in comparison to the
    usual "light" 40%
    - good successful special edition
    • Nose
      Grapes, dark berries, nice, sweet sherry smell, oak
    • Taste
      strong start, slightly sweet at first, then an enormous amount of spice hits the tongue like a hammer and in the back of the palate, full-bodied and powerful
    • Finish
      short finish;
      Medium-long, intense, slightly sweet, more spicy aftertaste

  4. schengel10 scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    A great blended Irish whiskey in a beautiful, noble packaging.
    • Nose
      dark fruits (raisins), sherry, caramel, clear oak, sweetness, very complex;
    • Taste
      sweet, strongly swelling onset, malt, nuts, raisins, noticeable spiciness;
    • Finish
      medium-long, spicy finish, slightly bitter;

  5. Tom na Gruagaich scored this whisky 75 points Connoisseur

    Mild, soft, nutty, but somehow a bit boring. Although slightly better than the normal 10, but definitely 2 notes worse than the 16er.

  6. Deloti scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      82 82

  7. hans1971 scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
      ripe yellow fruit, vanilla, a hint of glue, nutty, caramel
    • Taste
      83 83
      spicy, vanilla, oak, nutty, fruit
      full body
    • Finish
      83 83
      medium, dry finish of bitterness, oak and honey

  8. Gruenwhisky scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    The current price performance ratio seems to me no longer appropriate
    • Nose
      Pleasant scent from a mix of dark fruits.
    • Taste
      A well-balanced whiskey that comes along relatively complex.
    • Finish

  9. wbarchive_104650 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Great nose. The taste and finish a little too sprittig.

  10. ctu scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    Nice irish whiskey in a good ABV.
    • Nose
      Tropical fruits, vanilla, caramelized apple and rye
    • Taste
      Sweet, oily. Apple and unripe peach. Blood orange and rum cherry.
    • Finish
      Medium length, bittersweet


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