...and indeed it is. Both the nose and taste are truly fruit explosions but there is an unpleasant end of the finish that I do not like. Luckily, some water reduces that and it turns the whole dram into a very enjoyable experience. By the way, a typical Bushmills - and despite their marketing claim this is NOT one of the oldest distilleries in the world because the old one they are referring to was not situated at the same site as the modern Bushmills distillery but just in the same county...
The colour is pale straw and the nose offers exactly this extraordinary fruity profile I hoped for. It is like walking through an tropical fruit market with all the exotic aromas present. It is meaningless to list them here, simply find out yourself... Beside these fruits there are some honey and spicy aromas too, turning the nose even more interesting. I really like that!
The taste is very fruity again but not really layered - so all is present at once and it is hard to unmingle all the different flavours this way. There is a certain bitterness from the tannins of the wood that sometimes is welcome to counter the enormous sweetness but at other times is annoying, unfortunately. I guess this one slept several years too long in the cask but still it is very enjoyable.
The dram arrives warming and coating in the mouth with a minor drying feeling (old papers). The finish is of medium length and adds no new impressions but a drying-astringent end (cold metals, plastics) - too bad as this is not to my liking at all. Some water reduces both the dram and this unpleasant ending too - I like it best just a little reduced to about 43% abv.