Bushmills 1608

Overall rating
83.03/100
votes
261
Whiskybase ID
WB13414
Category
Blend
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
400th Anniversary
Bottled
2008
Casktype
Bourbon and Sherry Casks
Strength
46.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 750 ml
Bottle code
L800718001 14:24
Barcode
5010103922746
Added on
01 feb 2010 8:36 am

Average value

€ 472.99

18 × in wishlist

261 × member ratings

828 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Bushmills 1608

42 users have left 47 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 83.03 points.

  1. WLGOAGN scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    Great introduction into the Irish whiskey category. Solid recommend. $35.
    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      82 82

  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.

    Accolades:

    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
      medium

  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

  11. MasterOfPuppets scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    That's a really nice blend.
    • Nose
      Caramel, sherry, hay, smoked eel, white pepper, peach, nuts
    • Taste
      Oak, caramel, citrus, nuts, dark chocolate, tobacco
    • Finish
      Medium long, oak, slightly bitter

  12. 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

  13. xFabe did not rate this whisky Member Senior

    Not a bad whiskey. He stands as a blend of an average single malt in any way.
    • Nose
      sweet fruit muesli, rustic oak tones, marshmallows, ripe bananas, light mango, second nose: more spice; Cardamom, nutmeg
    • Taste
      sweet nut (caramelized), light oak, oily mouthfeel, getting drier, gentle lemon
    • Finish
      Fairly elegant and balanced, more on the dry and spicy side, yet tingling with citrus, oak not too intrusive, but still present

  14. Dalm did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Aroma: honey, nut, vanilla, caramel, malt
    Taste: sweet, spicy, vanilla, some oak
    Finish: honey, sweet, spicy, vanilla, dark chocolate

  15. mono scored this whisky 80 points Expert Junior

    Had no high expectations, although the pack makes a neat impression.
    This blend surprised me positively, I think that offers something for both beginners and advanced. For those under 40 € quite a recommendation.
    • Nose
      Light sweetness of sherry blends with nutty-woody aromas, joined by fresh notes of fruit and vanilla. Associations with waffle dough, bread crust, ground nuts, butter bread with herbal salt, balloon
    • Taste
      quite strong, but not alcoholic, slightly nutty, bitter, spicy-sweet. Associations with almonds, zircon, vanilla, nuts, pepper, nutmeg, caramel
    • Finish
      in the short to medium-long finish, it gets drier and oak comes to the fore

  16. Helgo scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    Slight bitter finish. The grain is palpable.
    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      83 83

  17. Drochaid scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    Notes of berries, fruits, sherry and floral notes. In addition, earthy notes, a little vanilla and a slight hint of smoke. A fruity and long finish.

  18. malthead-sven scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    tasty, not as elegant as the 16er but much stronger. Good blend. Why he did not appear as a single malt remains a mystery.
    • Nose
      great fruits, banana, peach, wood, tropical, Brazil nut, a touch of bourbon sweetness and melon
    • Taste
      stronger than other bushmills, yet sweet and balanced, dry, slightly vanilla
    • Finish
      long and warm, plus the typical Bushmills character, stronger than the 16 year old but not so subtle, some Grain can be felt

  19. alex..w..fan did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    ralfystuff. whiskey review 558. Ralfy gave this whiskey 84
    points

  20. filleadh mhòr scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    it's interesting and pleasant, but lacking depth.
    • Nose
      slightly strange perfume, pretty sour on sour dough, stewed apples, some tropical fruit, even passion fruit, but all with a somehow artificial touch, like wine gum, a touch of rye, vanilla.
    • Taste
      nice oily, silky mouth feel. caramelized apples, peaches, vanilla, sugared blood orange, some sweet barbados rum. pleasant but there is actually not much development going on.
    • Finish
      a rather fast fade out, no further dimension.

  21. filleadh mhòr scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      79 79

  22. Koloman scored this whisky 74 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      70 70
    • Finish
      78 78

  23. Butz75 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      85 85

  24. Archer scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      83 83

  25. markkerr02 scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    Test 082: Irish Whiskey - 080906
    The whiskey tested:
    Glass 1 Jameson 18y Master Selection 32 credits Glass 2 Midleton Very Rare 2007 40 points Glass 3 Bushmills 1608 Anniversary Edition 51 points Glass 4 Highland Park 18y 28 points Glass 5 Connemara cask strength 43 points Glass 6 Connemara 15y The Whiskey Fair 56 points
    Testimonials Per Eriksson Bushmill 400Y 1608 46% Scent: Young, Spicy, Fruits, Apples, Some Sweetie, Chocolate Taste: Thin, chocolate, light oak, fruits, some disappointment compared to the smell Aftertaste: medium, chocolate, spices Score: 83 http://smad.se/provningar/Provning%2082%20Irl%C3%A4ndsk%20whiskey%20och%20festival%20salut.html

  26. Ciro scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      85 85

  27. markjedi1 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    The Bushmills 1608
    remains a top dram in my book. Thanks, Pat!
    • Nose
      The nose is
      honeysweet on mango, banana, marshmallows and figs. Peach from a can. Walnuts. Hint
      of candied syrup, the one you put on pancakes. Dark, let me describe it like
      that. Loads of vanilla and caramel. Very inviting.
    • Taste
      The palate is
      wonderfully creamy and very sweet. Think apricots, peach, vanilla and mandarin.
      Hint of chocolate, but also – please do not laugh – peanut butter! Something
      that reminds me of rum. Quite syrupy on second sip. Touch zesty. Sugared orange
      peel.
    • Finish
      The finish is
      surprisingly long on dried fruit and chocolate with a hint of honey.

  28. Betsie scored this whisky 82 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      81 81

  29. pEpp0 scored this whisky 79 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      70 70

  30. st7 scored this whisky 79 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      78 78
    • Finish
      72 72

  31. Georges scored this whisky 79 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      79 79
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      78 78

  32. Georges scored this whisky 79 points Connoisseur

    Easily drinkable
    • Nose
      Cereals, honey, mango, nuts
    • Taste
      Silky soft, creamy, sweet, apricot, vanilla
    • Finish
      Long, syrupy, fruity

  33. Defeatless scored this whisky 71 points Expert Senior

    Nose: malt and sherry, if you taste well, the glue is overwhelming

    Initial taste: soft and sweet, some flowers not really attractive.

    Body: medium-thick

    Finish: keeps lingering in the background, some raisins but mostly varnish.

    Price: quite cheap

    Presentation: it looks overwhelming the packaging is perfect.

    Comment: I simply cannot like this one. The smell of glue and finish with varnish is just not mine, maybe it's just me.
    • Nose
      60 60
    • Taste
      70 70
    • Finish
      60 60

  34. jo scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    a really good whiskey for the price and all, a anniversary in my mouth :p
    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      93 93

  35. The-Man-best-Friend scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Very good for a blended whiskey.
    Noble box with red velvet lined folding box.
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      83 83

  36. MB28 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    a great whiskey
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      83 83

  37. Edwin de Lange scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    A great expression!

  38. granella2003 scored this whisky 78 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Delicate on the nose and with a great aromatic intensity.
    • Taste
      Soft, warm, slightly spicy, reminiscent of dried fruit, peanut butter and orange peel.
    • Finish
      Persistent, ending with a slight hint of honey.

  39. granella2003 scored this whisky 78 points Connoisseur

    Created to celebrate the four hundredth year of operation of the distillery. A blended with an exceptionally high malt content: 90%. Bottled at 46 ° because its robust body must be accompanied by a greater structure. Distilled three times and aged in oak barrels, it is not filtered cold to retain its aromatic characteristics. The Cristall Malt gives the final product the subtlety and softness that makes it unique.

  40. Furtia scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    Very good compared to other Bushmill's expressions I've tried before, but not very complex though.
    • Nose
      to me the nose is very "garage-ish", oily and greasy. Mineral notes pop up too
      77/100
    • Taste
      Very sweet and tropical. Vanilla and dried fruits as background
      81/100
    • Finish
      Medium. Still fruity and sugary.
      78/100

  41. Furtia scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      77 77
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      78 78

  42. AlecM scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    Biscuity and brown sugar. Light and very clean. I am a massive fan of Bushmills distillery, and think is a superb whiskey.

  43. hsmithjr scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      78 78

  44. QuarterCentury scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    A special bottling to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the license

    to distil aqua vitae in Antrim originally granted in 1608 to Sir Thomas

    Phillips. Bushmills 1608 has already won `Best Irish Blended Whiskey (No

    Age Statement)` at the World Whiskies Awards 2008.

  45. mmaclean scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Love this with chocolate cake and vanilla ice cream drizzled with carmel sauce.
    • Nose
      carmel, malted barley and vanilla.
    • Taste
      honeyed vanilla, rummy molasses, toasted marshmellow.
    • Finish
      toasted nuts, dried fruit, and dark chocolate. This is a big and bold whiskey at 92 proof.

  46. mmaclean scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    This is a powerful whiskey at over 90 proof. Loads of vanilla and tons of honey and malt. This is a wonderful after dinner drink to continue the fire going at any dinner party or evening out with the girls who enjoy real whiskey.

  47. icon_of_sin scored this whisky 81 points Member Senior

    A great blend of honey flavors like I have not discovered in a whiskey yet. The best Irish blend I've ever tasted.
    • Nose
      Wow, like a jar of honey, very sweet and rich. Besides, I had to think of the smell a little bit of pine needles and fresh sawed wood. In the background, it is slightly sour but still fresh, which is a good contrast to the strong sweetness. If you give the whiskey a little time and allow it to react with the air for a few minutes, the acid disappears. The honey is even more intense for that.
    • Taste
      As you would expect from the nose: a rich sweet with an extremely pronounced honey flavor. Has a pretty tough start with a slight alcoholic harshness.
    • Finish
      Very soft, silky finish with incredible honey flavor. Also very long and intense warming.

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