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.