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    Re: Irish whiskey -- what's your favorite?

    Squire, I've not had the Black Bush, but know it is highly regarded. How does it compare to their 16 yr malt, which I think has a nice minerality to it.

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    Re: Irish whiskey -- what's your favorite?

    Black Bush has a rich, round, full flavor due to it's high (80%) sherry cask aged malt and compares very well to the 16 year malt which itself is much bigger than the earlier Bushmills malts which were done in a light, sophisticated style.

    Black Bush has a sweeter, richer style than the 16 which is also flavorful but is more complex than BB without being quite so bold. So it really comes down to which has the most appeal to you, flavor or complexity. I can be happy with either but would rather pay $38 for BB than $65 for the 16 Malt.

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    Re: Irish whiskey -- what's your favorite?

    Thanks, I think I'll try the BB.

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    Re: Irish whiskey -- what's your favorite?

    Quote Originally Posted by z327 View Post
    Midleton Barry Crockett
    Midleton Very Rare
    Kilbeggan 15 Year Old
    Jameson 18 Year Old
    I have more to try, but these is my favorites in order.
    Tried the Jameson Rarest Vintage last night. Prefer the Midleton Very Rare, Barry Crockett and Kilbeggan 15. The Jameson Rarest Vintage has too strong a tobacco taste for me.

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    Re: Irish whiskey -- what's your favorite?

    Quote Originally Posted by squire View Post
    Black Bush has a rich, round, full flavor due to it's high (80%) sherry cask aged malt and compares very well to the 16 year malt which itself is much bigger than the earlier Bushmills malts which were done in a light, sophisticated style.

    Black Bush has a sweeter, richer style than the 16 which is also flavorful but is more complex than BB without being quite so bold. So it really comes down to which has the most appeal to you, flavor or complexity. I can be happy with either but would rather pay $38 for BB than $65 for the 16 Malt.
    I agree 114% with Squires take on these two whiskies. Everything he says is exactly what I would say about them. Just to add, I was at a Bushmill's tasting a couple of weeks ago, and their entire line-up is very nice, save the 10 yr which was underwhelming to me. However, my thoughts on the 10 go counter to most reviews you'll read. It's generally thought of as very good. Just not what I was looking for that night, I guess. The sherry cask influence of the Black Bush really stands out against the other iterations when tried back-to-back-to back...It's an incredibly drinkable whiskey. Sweet and rich, just like Squire describes. The 16 and 21 yr were extremely nice. I recently picked up a 16 yr based on the tasting, but would have gone with the BB if my store would have had it in stock at the time.

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    Re: Irish whiskey -- what's your favorite?

    [QUOTE=smokinjoe;332348]I agree 114% with Squires take ...QUOTE]

    I see what you did there.

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    Re: Irish whiskey -- what's your favorite?

    Quote Originally Posted by smokinjoe View Post
    I agree 114% with Squires take on these two whiskies. Everything he says is exactly what I would say about them. Just to add, I was at a Bushmill's tasting a couple of weeks ago, and their entire line-up is very nice, save the 10 yr which was underwhelming to me. However, my thoughts on the 10 go counter to most reviews you'll read. It's generally thought of as very good. Just not what I was looking for that night, I guess. The sherry cask influence of the Black Bush really stands out against the other iterations when tried back-to-back-to back...It's an incredibly drinkable whiskey. Sweet and rich, just like Squire describes. The 16 and 21 yr were extremely nice. I recently picked up a 16 yr based on the tasting, but would have gone with the BB if my store would have had it in stock at the time.

    Squire, you sure we ain't related?
    I recently enjoyed some of the 21 year old but find it to be overpriced at roughly $120 around here. Me, I'll happily stick with the Black Bush and drink that all day long.
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    Re: Irish whiskey -- what's your favorite?

    [QUOTE=SFS;332353]
    Quote Originally Posted by smokinjoe View Post
    I agree 114% with Squires take ...QUOTE]

    I see what you did there.
    I noticed that too. Clever little bugger, that SmokinJoe.
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    Re: Irish whiskey -- what's your favorite?

    [QUOTE=unclebunk;332384]
    Quote Originally Posted by SFS View Post

    I noticed that too. Clever little bugger, that SmokinJoe.
    And, cute. Don't forget cute!
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    Re: Irish whiskey -- what's your favorite?

    [QUOTE=smokinjoe;332385]
    Quote Originally Posted by unclebunk View Post

    And, cute. Don't forget cute!
    Yeah. Yeah. Who could forget...
    "I distrust a man who says 'when.' He's got to be careful not to drink too much, because he's not to be trusted when he does." Sydney Greenstreet

 

 

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