Bushmills is the only commercial whisky distillery in Northern Ireland. It is equipped with 10 stills capable of producing 4.5 million liters of spirit per annum.
Currently Bushmills is ranked no. 3 best selling Irish whiskey brand behind Jameson and Tullamore Dew. Bushmills single malt debuted in 1984, 10 years old expression aged mainly in ex-bourbon casks, but success of Glenmorangie wood finishes from the 1990s encouraged the owners to follow that path. In the early 1996 the equal number of ex-sherry (mostly second and third fill) and ex-bourbon casks was vatted together and transferred to port pipes sourced from Sandeman, for additional 9 months. Bushmills Triple Wood was very well received and remains part of the distillery core range.
Nose: soft, malty and fruity, caramel, breakfast cereals, oranges, strawberry jam, plums, hints of marzipan and sultanas and shy notes of roasted chestnuts.
Palate: sweet and spicy, cherries, plums, dark chocolate, raisins, breakfast cereals, nougat, cinnamon, pepper and toasted oak.
Finish: pretty long, winey, with notes of dark chocolate, raisins, pepper and oak.