Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Bushmills Single Malt: Whisk(e)y Wednesday presented by Calandro's Supermarket

Bushmills Single Malt Irish Whiskey
There is such thing as a single malt Irish Whiskey.  Bushmills is actually from Northern Ireland, part of the United Kingdom, not the Republic of Ireland, but they still make Irish Whiskey.  The nose of this Distillery Reserve whiskey contains scents of wildflowers and honey.  The taste comes across as part fruit, and part the tree that bears the fruit.  Literally, to me the whiskey tastes like a tree.  Jeremy picked up hints of plum that were light and sweet, while Eric found the oaky woodiness from the barrel aging.  More oak was present on the finish, which did not impress all that much.  Still, the whiskey had mature and mellow qualities.  While it lacked in complexity (as many Irish whiskeys do), it did carry a lovely balance and delicate flavor.

Bushmills Single Malt Irish Whiskey

70.75 Average Score

Whisk(e)y Wednesday is a blog post series on Bite and Booze sponsored by Calandro's Supermarket. Calandro's has one of Baton Rouge's best selections of bourbon, Scotch, and other whisk(e)ys as well as wine and craft beer. WW is created and rated by the hosts of Raise a Glass. Scores are marked for Nose, Taste, Finish, and Balance and Complexity using our own propriatary scoring system. Marks are then added and averaged, leaving us with a final score out of a 100 point scale. Our scale should be looked at on the full range of 0-100 rather than an academic range where 70 is passing and anything less is failing. A 50 should be considered a very mediocre whisk(e)y while anything below 20 is absolute horse piss and anything above 90 is rather extraordinary.

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