A thought had occured to me. The 10yr Bushmills is largly uninteresting (by and large) and the 16 yr old gets it's personality from it's finish. I have some questions as to how interesting the 16 or 21 yr old would be without finishes. Perhaps the Bushmills "canvas" is bland on it's own, and needs finishes.
BTW, I'm thinking of the 21yr old Bushmills (madira finish) coming in the Vintages magazine. Although I'm not a great fan of Bushmills generally, $130 cdn for a 21yr old is a great deal. Enough to think about it anyway...
You have expensive tastes . While I don't think it's really good, I would be tempted to keep it around for when money is short. Or you can offer it to friends saying "would you like a shot of SINGLE MALT, eh" .
Dumping Bushmills in Baileys seems almost... sacralige . Does it really taste that undrinkable...
Did you get the Jameson Gold. If so, how was it? I do kind of wonder how it differs from the 12 or 18yr. Aidan??
Welcome to the Jameson appretiation society. FYI, I was told that a store I know had the 18yr Jameson on delist sale $80 down to $65 but stopped the sale after the Spirit of Toronto show. You may want to keep your eye open for this kind of thing in your neck of the woods.
I know what you mean about the value of Bushmills 10yr relative to Jameson 12. However, I did like the ability to taste the whisky without all the sherry a la Black Bush or Jameson 12. And the Bushmills 16 and 21 are finished in varying casks so that in Ontario, this is the only expression of Bushmills single malt that I can get a good feel for the "bare bones" whisky. I would like to try the Bushmills 1608, but I can't get it here, and I'm afraid of how much it'll cost when my friend decides to go to Ireland.
I don't know whether all the talk convinced me to like the Jameson Gold, but I really did. I bought a bottle in Munich airport for only 34 euro, but it's long finished now. There is a much different taste from the wood, I think. Much more vanilla and lots of honey. I can't really remember, but am smelling an empty bottle now. If anyone saw me.
I have a few different Bushmills from different casks. I have a rum cask, burbon cask and a sherry cask. I'm just collecting them though and don't plan on drinking them, for a while anyway.
The 1608 isn't that expensive. Someone has just picked up a bottle for me in London (Heathrow) and it was £25 for 1 liter - this was not the duty free price as EU laws... It hasn't been delivered to me yet, but I read in Jim Murray's book that it is more sherried of late.
I'd like to see a new edition Jameson out. Barry Walsh has retired, and maybe the new man Billy Leighton might have some ideas.
Got the Jameson's Gold, along with some WT (Wild Turkey) Sherry Signature (not great) and some Ballantines 17YO (great !).
But... Not opened it yet - it's been assigned to my Xmas Medley, along with Ardbeg '77, WT 12. It's in a lovely bottle and I have a really good feeling about it. Anyway will let you know.
Back to Irish whisky, I do enjoy the Jameson 18yo but at $80 I think I'll get Redbreast 12yo instead. I think they're about equal in quality but the Redbreast is only $38.
Bushmills Malt 16
Bushmills Single Cask Bourbon Barrel
Bushmills Single Cask Sherry Hogshead
Bushmills Single Cask Rum Barrel
The 16 yr old is one of my favorate Bushmills. I don't think the finishings are gimiky at all - the house style comes shining through for me - it could only be Bushmills. However, I am not a huge Bushmills fan because I find it a bit like Glenmorangie - too fruity, and the wrong fruits too.
Anyway, I'm getting to like Bushmills more and more, and maybe one day I'll love it.
Just a thought
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