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April 9, 2018

Review: Bushmills Red Bush Irish Whiskey

by Jeff Ellingson

Bushmills Red Bush Irish Whiskey was released in the US March 2017, just in time for St. Patrick’s Day.  It is a blend of triple distilled Irish single malt whiskey made from 100% malted barley and water drawn from Saint Columbs Rill, a tributary of the River Bush, and Irish grain whiskey.  Bushmills Red Bush is matured exclusively in first fill bourbon casks for a minimum of four years.  This contrasts to Bushmills Black Bush which is matured in Oloroso sherry casks.  It pours to a golden color.  The aroma is vanilla, green pepper, malted cereal, oak, and apple.  The sweet vanilla and malted cereal entry has a soft creamy mouth feel.  Apple and walnut flavor arrive before fading with oak and spice.  The finish is dry, and mineral with a peppery sting.  So how does it compare to Bushmills Original Irish Whiskey?  I find there is more malt and wood presence with Red Bush, and Bushmills Original has a lighter sweeter taste.

Bushmills Red Bush Irish Old Fashioned

1.5 Oz. Bushmills Red Bush

2 Dash Dead Rabbit Orinoco Bitters

1 Tsp. Honey Syrup

1 Dash Lemon Oils

Serve in an Ice Filled Rocks Glass

Garnish with an Orange Twist

Made in Ireland

40% Alcohol

Score: 88

Award: Silver Medal

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