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Bushmills Red Bush Review

17th March 2017
Review of Bushmills Red Bush Irish blended whiskey.

I cant think of a better day than St. Patrick's Day to let you know about a new blended Irish whiskey from the Northern Irish distillery Bushmills, they have revealed Bushmills Red Bush as the newest addition to their range of blended whiskeys.

Bushmills Red Bush was matured exclusively in American First Fill Bourbon barrels and rather appropriately launches first in the United States which is testament to the surging popularity which the Irish whiskey category has experienced in the US in recent years.

"While we’ve been innovating with our aged whiskeys for centuries, we’re excited to embark on a journey with the millennial drinker," says Colum Egan, Master Distiller at The Old Bushmills Distillery. "Maturing the whiskey exclusively in first fill bourbon barrels creates an extremely smooth spirit that will resonate with frequent bourbon fans and first time Irish whiskey drinkers."

Bottled at 40% ABV the new Bushmills Red Bush has a retail recommended retail price of $23 for a 750ml bottle and should now be available throughout the US and will be rolled out in further global markets which have yet to be confirmed

You will also find the current Bushmills single malt and blended whiskey range available from specialist online whisky retailers such as Master of Malt

William Morrison's Tasting Notes:

Nose:  A touch of sweet vanilla, some gentle oak spice and distant pear.

Taste: A smooth entry with mild creamy vanilla interlaced with a little red apple and caramel.

Finish: A short length finish, milk chocolate, just a touch of oak spice, slightly drying.

Comment: It certainly is as it has been billed, a very approachable and a very easy to drink Irish blended whiskey. Dropped a few points on its short finish but that's easily remedied with another smooth mouthful. It should appeal to both bourbon drinkers and those new to whisky. Happy St. Patrick's Day!

SMW Irish Blended Whiskey Score 85/100

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