Bushmills 10 year old is a benchmark Irish Single Malt Whiskey worthy of the name.
Bushmills is one of the most popular and enduring Irish Whiskeys. Hugh Anderson registered the company in 1784 in the town of Bushmills and, after a few fits and starts, they have been in continuous operation and growing since 1885. Jose Cuervo purchased the Old Bushmills Distillery from Diageo in 2014, but the suits know to stay out of the way of Irishman crafting their Whiskey. Bushmills currently has six Whiskeys in their core line-up in addition to special editions and releases.
Bushmills Irish Whiskey 10 Year Old has been called a "benchmark Irish Whiskey." It’s the one other Irish Whiskeys compare themselves against. It’s been awarded "Best Irish Single Malt" and has been given 92.5 points in Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible — along with a bushel of gold medals from competitions all over the world. And on top of it all, it is an incredible value given it’s price point. It’s triple distilled and aged a full decade in ex-Bourbon casks — which accounts for the rich flavors of honey, vanilla, and milk chocolate.
Smartass Corner: Prominently pressed into the glass of each bottle of Bushmills Irish Whiskey is the date "1608." But, that’s not really when they started making Whiskey. The original land-owner — a Sir Thomas Phillips — received an official "license" from King James I to distill in 1608, but the Bushmills distillery was not built until 1784.
Was hoping for more but it wasn’t there. Pretty basic. Won’t buy again.
Nothing too special, is smooth enough to drink and the flavor is good. Definitely a safe choice for the bottle portion of the box.
Smooth. Very smooth
Nice for an Irish whiskey. was smooth. and good with Irish coffee mix.
Easy to drink. A nice after dinner Scotch.
Very mild and smooth drinking. Easy to sip neat or on the rocks
Nice Irish whiskey with balanced palette of vanilla, honey, spice, and chocolate finish.
Mild but good
Very mild flavor profile. No harsh burning but smooth.
I would characterize this as the Johnnie Walker of Irish whiskey. Good standard Irish whiskey. Similar flavor profile as the standard Bushmills but smoother.
Very smooth and drinkable. Fruit notes right up front followed by warm, comforting chocolate and a somewhat spicy finish.
Pretty good whiskey
Smells like apples/pears. Easy to drink and very light. An excellent warm day drink neat or on the rocks.
Smooth, smoky butterscotch. Easy sipping.
Beautiful in the nose. Very drinkable. Im just getting started here, but seems like a good baseline for irish whiskey and something to keep in the liquor cabinet
Very Very Good!
I have long thought that Irish whiskey was just for getting drunk. I had hoped a ten-year whiskey might change my mind, but it didn’t
Sweet and delicate aroma of fruit. A real rich and creamy mouthfeel with notes of chocolate cover banana. Clean and subtle finish.
Had a very smooth after taste and subtle sweetness to it, best beat but could drink it on ice also.
Not horrible but not great. Maybe needs some time in the decanter.
It’s good not amazing but pretty good. It’s an easy drink great for folks just getting into whiskey
It's fine - Bushmills is fine - nothing special - only got it as it was delivered as the new "gift" when you bring on a new subscriber - certainly nothing I would buy on my own.
Smooth and sophisticated. The vanilla notes were excellent and had a pleasant nose and throat feel.
Enjoyable and smooth. For an easy and pleasurable drink.
I’m generally not a big Irish Whiskey fan. With that said, this bottle was excellent and very drinkable. Others may disagree, but for me it falls somewhere between scotch and bourbon. No bite, a bit of hug, and not much heat. Perfect neat. This bottle has earned a prominent spot on my bar.
Very enjoyable. Quite smooth. Nice lingering flavor.
I’m a neophyte but starting to reall taste differences. Slightly different profiles depending on what I had for dinner.
Not too big on Irish Whiskey, but this is delicious! It's sweet, with a caramel nose and a sweet honey suckle to the palate and a nice candied dried fruit to finish!! Great whiskey!
great find Definitely recommend
Great with a cigar
Trying to get more into Irish whiskey and see there are many more types these days. Bushmills was decent but I found it to be a bit thin flavor wise, I like something with richer more robust tones and complexion. Certainly not terrible but not at the top of the list
Unexpected smoothness and nose from an Irish whisky. Pleasantly pleased. Overall flavor very good. Would highly recommend.
Excellent flavour and nose. Warm and gentle on the palate with a pleasant wsrm afterglow. Do not add water or ice (ugh!) this whiskey is best taken neat in a nice crystal balloon glass to really savour it.
6/10, Feb 2021: I'm not at Irish whisky fan. I much prefer Scotch and Bourbon. As far as flavors go, I can definitely get the honey, slight bit of milk chocolate, and barely any milk, but the end has a floral touch which is supposed to be lavender. Not sure I can concur that it's lavender per se, but it definitely is a slight wave of floral *something*. I wouldn't put this on my personal list to buy because I prefer more depth, complexity, range, and overall flavor. I'd buy everything from Compass Box first.
I liked it. I am not a big Irish Whiskey drinker; however, good flavor and nicely smooth...
Quintessential Irish Whiskey. Incredibly smooth and rich - highly recommend!
When I think 'Irish Whiskey' this is the flavor that comes to mind. Really solid for sipping and mixing- a favorite for hot toddies in the cold winter.
Solid Irish Whiskey. Smooth without a lot of bite.
Although this whiskey was incredibly easy to taste, it was bland, with a fairly weak after. - Not something I was very impressed with.
On the nose almost no smell.
A little to bland for my taste.
Smells like apples, very smooth and easy Irish whiskey...
A little rough, try older
I enjoyed it - I got a lot of the sweet at the front, but not a big fan of the tannic ending. For the price, it's great.
My personal favorite Irish . Smooth with just enough “ hit” to know it’s an Irish without overpowering. Neat or on ice are both good .
Outstanding whiskey! Smoothest I’ve ever tried. I usually take a bit of water in my whiskey but this is perfect neat.
For me, it's a classic Irish Whisky. Good aroma, smooth, sweet flavor ...
Overall great Irish whiskey!
It was great. Has a wonderful aroma. I loved the smoothness and goes down easy .
The nose on this is amazing. What a wonderful sip.
The nose on this is just amazing. Wonderful sip
Really good single malt Irish whiskey. Heavy banana, vanilla and honey on the nose. Honey with some spice (maybe cinnamon) on the palate and a little spicy with some chocolate notes on the finish.
A delicious, easy to drink whiskey, like all the products of this fine distillery. It's full of flavour and smoothly warming on the palate, and the nose has rich fruit notes, with just a hint of honey. These flavours are happily repeated in the mouth where they linger pleasantly.
I thought it was excellent scotch. The tasting box I haven’t tried yet because I want to do a tasting with someone.
Very smooth and easy drinking
I love the banana walnut bread on the palate and it is slightly oily on the finish. If you're looking for a single malt irish whiskey that won't break the bank I would highly reccomend.
Very mild on the nose and palate, although was able to pick up some honey and vanilla note. Also, the finish is really short
Sweet and smooth not harsh.
Might be my least favorite whiskey I've ever tasted!!!! The nose was straight-up banana peels soaked in Ouzo. It was absolute dribble to say the least. I should've picked anything else as my quarterly bottle but I liked some Irish whiskies that's why I gave this a chance. This will be under the kitchen sink for mixing drinks. Trash
For the money this a ree-dic-u-lus-lee good Irish Single Malt!
Warm honey notes and rich flavors hinting of Vanilla, Honey, & Roasted Nuts.... A real "go to" for whisky lovers looking to drink like a king on a modest man's budget!
Nothing overly exciting or wonderful. Very easy to drink, no off putting notes, just pretty boring.
Very good. Can taste all the notes in the finish.
Was very strong and potent, not tasty at all
Super smooth, fruity on the palate, sweetish, with a short finish with gentle vanilla, and malty, woody notes and a hint of salted caramel. An excellent whiskey.
An Irish king of whiskey, enough said
Absolute chocolate notes with a strong finish of light honey, easy on the nose. 8/10
Very Good whiskey!!!
This is delicious and so easy to drink. Agree with another review that it’s a bit thin but I find it quite pleasant and perfectly enjoyable neat on any evening. I’ll buy again.
Gentle nose, sharp pallet, warm finish.
It's a little thin for my preference.
It’s a excellent whiskey a bit stronger then Jameson but a full flavor
smooth nice flavor, worth further tasting
Not worth the price
This is a great Irish, smooth floral with plenty hints of chocolate. I enjoyed neat as the smooth finish needs no water or ice.
Disappointing to say the least. Thin and harsh. My 62.2% Balcones Single Cask is smoother than this and holds a ton more flavor. Yes it is a younger whisky, but there should be some tasting other than just a mild sweetness and then fading to nothing.
I really enjoyed it. I'll be buying it!
Lovely, smooth, and buttery. Delicious neat, and enjoyed after a nice steak dinner.
Definitely one of the fruitier drama I’ve had, but still has that distinctive Irish finish to it. Would get it again.
Great whiskey for me as a beginner. Loving it.
It's pretty good. Has a nice oat finish.
An outstanding and well priced aged Irish Whiskey. I am partial to Jameson's in all its varieties, but have had all the most common Irish bottles, including Teeling, Bushmills, Tullamore Dew, Powers, Redbreast, Knappogue, Tyrconnel, etc. This is a very good, well balanced, Irish Whiskey. It has depth and great body, flavor. Will explore more of the Bushmills family.
Love it! Straight with one or 2 rocks is a great way to end an evening
Outstanding, had better with killbeggan. Smooth, great on the rocks. Worked good in cookies I made with it( soaked pecans in it).
This Irish Whiskey was much better than those on the tasting boxes. However, i’m not as big a fan of Irish whiskey as i thought i’d be. Gave a 6 rating so as to not discredit it because of my individual pickiness. Can appreciate the craft, and can definitely tell why some might choose this for themselves.
Smooth, delicious single malt. I'd take this all day over Jameson's, but there are more complex Irish single malts out there for a few dollars more. This is still a great whiskey though.
Love this single malt. For the price, it is ridiculously smooth and flavorful.
Sooo smooth. Usually I prefer my drink on rocks but this one... well. It absolutely perfect neat. Sweet, smooth. Well rounded. No water needed, seriously.
It's ok. Taste is bright and crisp, which I like, but also has a medicinal taste to it which means I won't buy it again.
Not as smooth as I would like. Definitely had some vanilla in there. It was ok for being 40 bucks.
Consistent flavor and body throughout. Malty caramel notes.
Very Smooth Whiskey, but I still prefer Jameson
Very smooth. I like it straight up. Vanilla on the front slight spice on the finish.
Nice daily drinker.
Lovely smooth whiskey, the day to day rather than special occasions. Great price and taste combo
Sweet top with a little spice. Decent at this price point.
Great! Smooth flavor!
Smooth and always enjoyable.
Not bad, but not better than Jameson.
This is the Irish whiskey that I was looking for. Extremely smooth with a hint of the aged barrel taste. My social club has made this our signature drink.
This was indeed a good whiskey in this price category. I highly recommend it.
Smoothest whiskey ever
Very easy drink, great Whiskey to start your journey on.
I buy this often. It is very smooth and has a great flavor.
Very good Irish Whiskey. Very easy to drink straight or with ice. Keep mine in freezer and have straight at the end of the day. Smooth. Can taste the apple and honey with no burn.
It's a fine whiskey, but it's a little one note. At this price there's a lot of other more interesting Irish whiskeys in my opinion for not much more money.
The first whisky my wife and I tried (not counting shots and mixers in our respective younger years). Smooth, non-smoky Irish whisky. It is our go to drink when we are not experimenting with other whiskys.
My favorite of the Bushmill flavors. This is what I grew up on.
Always good to have for one of those days when you don't really have an occasion to drink... Nice and honey sweet at the top
Never really knew much about Irish whiskey besides Jameson. After trying the bush mills I gotta say I’m going to try more Irish whiskey. Overall a good whiskey to start with if you’re new to aged whiskeys.
Very smooth easy to drink
pretty good everyday whisky. not very special but always worth a glass.
The perfect spirit to drink when listening to Tom Waits sing "Tom Traubert's Blues".
Very smooth finish.
Very smooth. Nice with a splash of water
Loved it! Very smooth with a pleasant aftertaste. Makes you want more!
Great classic Irish taste and very smooth.
This is a good jumping on point for someone new to whiskey. Nothing spectacular, simple, approachable. At the price point it’s worth having on hand in the home bar but not worth the price of a pour at most restaurants or bars. Cheers
Smooth as you'd expect an Irish whisky to be, but the extra bourbon barrel aging gives it extra flavor complexity. Best neat or with a tiny bit of ice.
Quite nice, midweek whisky, bit more peaty than our usual tipple, but still enjoyable none the less
The 10 yr. Is one of my favorites and on my go to list whenever I'm stuck needing a good inexpensive whiskey to sip.
Very smooth, almost velvety on the tongue. Lots of vanilla flavors. Long lasting finish.
Nice easy drinking Irish. Good jumping on point.
Great price point
Good and smooth price point Irish.
Good but nothing special.
Nice every day drink
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