Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Tales from the top shelf: Bushmill's 21

Happy St. Patrick's Day.  Instead of indulging in Green Miller Lite, we're going a wee bit classier.

This is one of my all time favorites.  It's got a smooth honey flavor with an oaky, barley finish.  There's some vanilla, some mint, all kinds of great stuff.  Typically when I buy an expensive bottle, the first sip is dissappointing and it takes me some time to appreciate it.  I enjoyed this one the moment that I opened it several years ago.  Sometimes you splurge on a pricey bottle; you get buyers remorse.  Not so with this whiskey.  It's worth every penny.

Web stuff:  Bushmills Malt 21 yo is aged for 19 years in a combination of American oak casks and Spanish Oloroso Sherry casks, then transferred to old Madeira drums (that's the typical name for these large Madeira casks) for the final two years of its maturation.

Colum, our Master Distiller, gets quite lyrical about this one, finding dark chocolate, nearly burnt toffee and even a hint of mint. - Distiller's Notes
Colum, The Master Distiller wants more of the precious!

Cost: $99
Grade: A
Cost Adjusted Grade: A

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