EYE / NOSE
Dark tone, brownish-red. After gently waving the nosing glass, the malt runs slowly, viscous and oily back on the inside walls of the glass, forming wide, clear church windows, which - hopefully - allows initial conclusions to be drawn about a full, heavy body of the whiskey and thus plenty of taste. Long-matured whiskeys often have a wonderful structure.
Then it gets warm to the heart. Wax, latte macchiato, hot chocolate, almond muffins with maple syrup, vanilla pulp, honey-like sweetness and spicy curry paste. Then elegant fruit notes emerge, pickled plums, elderflower syrup and a hint of ripe grapes. Interesting herbal notes play around the other aromas and give the nose a more than engaging complexity. The comparatively high alcohol content never has a disturbing effect, rather it seems to push and inspire the diverse aromas.
Warm, soft, full-bodied. The oily Bushmills rolls over the tongue and velvety lines the mouth. On the tongue I perceive the typical taste of raisins pickled in sweet wine, as we know it from high-quality Malaga ice cream, which has not been experimented with with cheap rum. This is followed by almonds marinated in honey, white nougat and herbal sugar, a little caramel, a touch of cinnamon and light vanilla cream. The great sweetness, never sticky or artificial, is ingeniously complemented by fine fruity notes in the mouth, similar to before in the nose. Candied grapes and pears come to mind, but also the elderflower syrup, exactly as I already noticed it in the nose. Wonderfully composed. Elegant, multi-layered and incredibly delicious. The transition to the aftertaste is literally flowing and absolutely flawless ...
FINISH / CONCLUSION
... while the flattering sweetness, honey and fine spice significantly shape the profile on the nose and on the palate, the fruit now pulls forward in the aftertaste. The change between the taste aromas and the reverberation fascinates me. Again the juicy, pickled raisins. The wine influence of the Malaga storage can now be felt. French chocolate tart follows. Water is absolutely unnecessary, it would only disturb the perfect balance of the aromas. The aftertaste is very long, warm, clean and offers a comprehensive sweet fruitiness that lasts for a long time and delights me towards the end with an aftertaste that can only be left behind by a melt-in-the-mouth ice cream. Has always been one of my favorite varieties, as I should complement. Our Bushmills is perhaps a bit drier than the latter. To look for missing notes would of course be ridiculous here.
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