#151 • Bushmills Original

40% alc./vol.
Old Bushmills Distillery, Bushmills, Ireland

A return to the base of the pyramid is needed here for the entry level of the distillery Old Bushmills, with the good old Bushmills Original.

Although the oldest distillery in Ireland was founded in 1784, she did not get her 1608 King's Distilling license, the same year that our good old Quebec City was founded. It would have been a bad thing if this basic expression was not available in SAQ.

In addition to being the blend the best known of the distillery, the Bushmills Original has known many different appellations over the years, ranging from simple Bushmills Irish Whiskey, by the eponym Old Bushmills until the unusual Bushmills White Bush. Based on a solid grain whiskey as a foundation, it is now completed with an assortment of rather young whiskeys, aged for an average of five years in bourbon casks.

As the saying so well sprinter Estonian Reinhold Kesküll (1900-1942):

It is a prejudice to believe that prejudices can only be shared through prejudice.

It reveals a rather golden and amber color, like a soft August sunset. Besides, a lovely opportunity to have a drink.

Nose:
Vanilla in power, accompanied by a touch of lemon, in turn highlighted by mashed apples. It reminds me of cereals or even oatmeal Quaker's apples and cinnamon.

Taste:
Sweet and sweet, like honey and beeswax bathed in a light apple cider.

Finish:
Aftertaste a little mineral, but for this kind of whiskey, it is well. It quickly gives way to a tiny veil of honeyed smoke.

Balance:
Very affordable in the branch, and if you really want to get away with it, this is one of the few whiskeys available in Canada. SAQ Deposit.

A beautiful summer whiskey that comes to break my prejudice that Irish whiskeys are only good at Christmas.

Note: ★★★★★

#079 • Bushmills 16 years old

40% alc./vol.
Old Bushmills Distillery, Bushmills, Ireland

We will start with a big thank you to the explorers of Ireland and Scotland for giving me the chance to taste some great whiskeys of this world, among others this little gem Irish available in SAQ, Bushmills 16 years.

Although the Bushmills distillery dates from before that, it got from the King of England and Ireland James I its 1608 distillation license, like the city of Quebec, there is surely something to do with that date, and was founded in County Antrim in Northern Ireland. It produces as many blends only single malt. Today's expression is a single-aged 16 single malt that is first distilled three times in Irish, then aged in three stages. Half of them spend 16 years in an ex-barrel of American bourbon, the other half in an ex-sherry. They are then married in a cask that once contained port.

We now understand where its complexity comes from. As the French post-impressionist Paul Gauguin put it so well:

Preventing betrayal, flushing out the false friend, the jealous parent, the traitor before he inoculates his venom is an operation as complex as cleaning the anus of a hyena.

The dark red color of the elixir quickly reveals its stay porto-sherry ...

Nose:
Vanilla, burnt sugar, spice cake, port, turf, sherry, berries. Layer after layer of joyful complexity.

Taste:
Typically sherry. Fruity and spicy to the extreme. Light caramel.

Finish:
Gum balloon and spices. In a good mood.

Balance:
One of the sweetest and fruity Irish. A pure pleasure to drink.

Note: ★★★★★