Bushmills 16-year-old

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Matured in Three Woods
Stated Age
16 years old
American Oak, Oloroso Sherry & Port Pipes
40.0 % Vol.
700 ml
New Label (2011)
Bottle code
Added on
23 Oct 2011 6:02 pm

Average value

€ 79.74

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475 × member ratings

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Whisky Reviews for Bushmills 16-year-old

78 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 84.95 points

  1. malthead-sven scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    It is colored and filtered, it has only 40%, but the unique maturation in 3 barrels, great paired with the Brennereicharakter, make him the top whiskey for me
    • Nose
      very sweet, sherry, dark berries, many harmonizing fruit flavors, marzipan, later milk chocolate and mild oak
    • Taste
      intense fruity, tangerines, oily and balanced, no pungency
    • Finish
      Mouthwaters, rather light than strong but nice long, the distillery-typical fruitiness is a hint of chocolate, leaves a wonderful almond and marzipan aftertaste in the throat and cheeks

  2. F_Weinberg scored this whisky 85 points Member Senior

    Being from Northern Ireland, Bushmills was the first whiskey I really got into, and the 16 year old was by far my favourite amongst their core range. That deep tawny amber colour (which I now sadly know to be artificially added) and the smooth, nutty finish made it by far for years my favourite whiskey.

    However, the price of this whiskey has exploded in recent years. I paid £35 for a bottle of this in 2014. £82 (on Amazon) is an outrageous price hike and is not at all representative of the quality of this whiskey, especially considering it remains bottled at 40%, coloured and chill filtered. There are bottlings around half this price or less with greater complexity of flavour, higher ABV and with natural colour.

    It's still a tasty whiskey, and I'd drink it if someone gifted me it, but at this price you'd be foolish not get two bottles of Bunnahabhain 12 year old instead, for example.

  3. og187 scored this whisky 85 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
      Fresh, wine barrel (port), raisins, toffee, milk chocolate, fresh baked goods
    • Taste
      85 85
      liquid, wine, grape, wine motifs, red berries
    • Finish
      86 86
      medium duration, pleasant, wine

  4. Benjamin_Wang scored this whisky 86 points Member Senior

    A very good Irish-style whiskey. Not week, but deep and complex, you may need two drams to give it some time to build up.
    • Nose
      87 87
      Smell fresh sherry from afar, weak vanilla pods. Smell the bran of barley, fresh kiwi, whole grain biscuits, peanut nougat. A little stewed fruit, green oranges. Some mints.
    • Taste
      86 86
      Moderately sweet, sherry, fried malt and sweet, bubble gum. It melts in your mouth and is juicy. With low irritation in the mouth, sautéed drunkard peanuts gradually emerge, hazelnut shells and hazelnut kernels, oily aroma. Nut wafers. A little bit of very weak dark chocolate.
    • Finish
      85 85
      The fruit is sweet, raisins finish, not too dry. Slightly weaker.

  5. Malthead19 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    - a great Irish whiskey that is always convincing
    - For then about 40 € was always worth one in the bar
    to have to stand
    • Nose
      dark sherry and port wine aromas, plums, almonds / marzipan
    • Taste
      Irish mild style, full, oily body, honey, berries, spices, oak, very versatile, many different barrel impressions, very intense
    • Finish
      long with dark chocolate, caramel;
      soft warm aftertaste

  6. FritzeKrautman scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    A really nice, well drinkable and clearly berry-heavy malt that stands out pleasantly from the Scots. Very intense, especially on the palate and in the finish, without being overwhelming.
    • Nose
      86 86
      Vanilla, berries, malt. Then grassy and toasted aromas. Subtle sourness.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Soft on the palate, blackberries and black currants. In addition, grassy again, also cloves and chocolate. The alcohol is adequate for 40%.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Medium-long finish with some oak. Again the berries, spices and the grassy note.

  7. MickMatrix scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Nice. But not anymore. There are better Irish out there. But the PLV is correct.
    A few percent more would help.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Soft but intense. Closely interwoven aromas. Sweet sherry notes. Some wood. Honey, some vanilla, red fruits.
    • Taste
      86 86
      Easy drinking. Much darker and sweeter sherry. A little oak is added. Here he is losing something.
    • Finish
      85 85
      The pots are missing here. Gets a little dry. But rather a bit short and too light in the finish.

  8. Cubey666 scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    ridiculously fruity! but that's about it.
    cherries, peach, pear, apricot, pineapple, really juicy.
    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      82 82

  9. Don Cassi scored this whisky 79 points Expert Senior

    Dusty, tropical, fruity with a lot of wood in the taste. More voluminous than the 40% expected.
    Length: 4/10

    Grade: 2

  10. Wtrstrnghlt scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

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


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