Bushmills 1608 Special Edition Review

Bushmills 1608

Bushmills 1608 (400th Anniversary Whiskey)

Distillery: Bushmills
Expression: 1608 (400th Anniversary Whiskey)
Blended Whiskey
Region: Bushmills, County Antrim, Northern Ireland


I must admit I was  pretty darn excited to get my mitts on a bottle of this stuff. It’s a celebration of the 400th anniversary from when King James issued the Antrim region of Ireland (where Bushmills is located) a license to distill whiskey in 1608.

If that wasn’t enough, it also took home the prize for “Best Irish Blended Whiskey” at the 2008 World Whiskey Awards.

The Bushmills 1608 is a  blend of Irish grain and crystal whiskeys aged in either American Oak or Spanish sherry casks. As always, when it comes to Bushmills smooth is the name of the game. But in the end, I don’t feel it lived up to the price tag or the hype.

At 46%, I wasn’t expecting the extra intensity in the finish, but it’s certainly tolerable. Not a bad whiskey by any stretch of the imagination. However, the 10-year old (at less than half the price) brings a lot more bang for the buck than this one. Still worth a gander though …. especially if you’re a fan of Bushmill.

Bushmills 1608 Tasting Notes

Nose: Caramel, Toffee, Honey, Spice, Vanilla, Malty.
Palate: Creamy mouth-feel, clove, grainy, malty, marzipan
Finish: Medium length but somewhat intense finish.

Score 86/100

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