Color: Pale Golden Hue
Nose: Mostly Vanilla Bean, Oak, and Hints of Citrus
Taste: Sweet Vanilla, Spice, Oak, and Citrus
Finish: Smooth finish, Spice, and just the slightest burn
Score: I will not be scoring this as it is the first Irish whiskey I have had. I have Nothing to Compare it to
I was out the other night with the wife celebrating our 14th anniversary. While at the bar perusing the drinks menu, and coming up with nothing new, I saw the section marked “Irish Whiskey”. I skipped it at first because I was in the mood for scotch or even a good Bourbon. Unfortunately the pickings were quite slim, and I found my eyes wandering back to the Irish whiskey. I had a choice of Bushmills and Jameson. I decided to go with the Bushmills.
After reading my review I decided to come back here and state for the record that I did enjoy this, it just didn’t have the depth I was looking for. Please keep that in mind as you read further.
The whiskey is a pale golden color, almost as if it hasn’t matured long enough. Again, I only have scotch and bourbon to compare it to, so please don’t get upset. I found the nose to be quite pleasant. It smelled strongly of Vanilla Bean, with a little oak and citrus dancing at the edges. Not the best smell, but not the worst either.
The first sip and the sweet vanilla skates lightly across the tongue, pulling the oak along with it. The citrus and spice show up a little late to the party, but they eventually make it. I would have to say that this felt like more of a beginner whiskey. Something for the first time whiskey drinker. Not to complex, but enough fun that you want to come back and try it again.
The finish was short and sweet. I can’t say much else for it. I did enjoy it, I was just looking for more. But seeing as I did start at the beginning, I think I am going to have to move up to find what I am looking for.
I welcome your thoughts and opinions. Suggestions are welcome too.
Until Next Time,