My love of bourbon and subsequent dabbling in other world whiskies comes from the pleasure of trying new things. Delicate or bold, for the most part, it's fun trying new expressions. For others though, bourbons big bold flavor profile is the go to, not some sissy, triple distilled Irish whisky.
The Greenore didn't fair so well only garnering a mediocre rating but the Bushmills did fare somewhat better. The description from the Bushmills website states "Bushmills' premier blend, with a significantly greater proportion of malt to grain whiskey than the white label. Selected Spanish Oloroso sherry-seasoned oak casks mature the malt, before it is blended with delicate sweet single grain whiskey."
The Bushmills is 80pf, is a smooth drinker and has decent flavor but in the end is still a low proof blend. From a flavor profile it's a little more exciting than the Greenore with touches of bittersweet chocolate, sherry and plum. At a higher proof, I'm sure this would drink with a little more charisma. Black Bush is an all around decent whisky and I would have no problem ordering from a bar. If at home, I would reach for other selections.
As I mentioned, the tasting panel scored this one slightly better than sample #1 with an overall average score of 82:
|95-100 Classic Whiskey||0|
|90-94 Excellent Whiskey||0|
|85-89 Very Good, Above Average Whiskey||3|
|80-84 Average Whiskey||8|
|75-79 Fair Whiskey||0|
|74 and Under - Pass on This Whiskey||1|
"Nose reveals hints of smoke, green apple, tangerine and sweet notes. Lots of fruit on the nose."
"Honey flavored, a hint of butterscotch.very uncomplicated but pleasant."
"Not very complex but enjoyable all the same."
"It's a good whiskey, but I feel that if it were higher proof it would be potentially great."
As you can see from the scores and comments, it's a pleasant whisky, enjoyable but not overly complex, and bottled at a higher proof would be a bonus. This bottle comes in 750ml size and runs low to mid $30's and is widely available. For me, this one was good but in the end, not one I would probably pick up as there are other expressions I like better, even if they do cost more.