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Bushmills 12 Years Single Malt Review

By Josh Peters @TheWhiskeyJug

Bushmills 12 Years Single Malt is the latest, permanent, release from the venerable distillery. It’s made using a marriage of 11+-year-old ex-Bourbon and ex-Oloroso casks that have been married and finished in ex-Marsala casks for 6-9 months. In a way, it’s like a baby Bushmills 21, or Bushmills 16, but with Marsala instead of Madeira or Port.

Bushmills 12 Years Single Malt Review

I love Bushmills… LOVE Bushmills. I’ve been a fan for over a decade and a half and I think they create not only some of the best Irish Whiskey, but some of the best sipping whiskey period… I just wish they’d bottle at least at 46% and NCF.

I’ve though this for a long time, and after trying some of the cask strength specialty casks a couple of years ago I’m even more of a believer in this. Until I tried them in that form I had no idea that on top of being more flavorful at higher proof and NCF, they’d also pick up a wonderful waxy texture.

The flavor I assumed would get a bit bolder, but that texture… wow. It was like some of the best waxy Clynelish SiBs I’ve had. I was shocked and I think if they did more in that form, specifically NCF, they’d go from having good whiskey to completley exceptional whisky across the board.

Alright, I’m stepping off the soapbox – let’s get to drinkin’!


Bushmills 12 Years Single Malt – Details and Tasting Notes

Whiskey Details

Natural Color

Style: Single Malt (Irish)
Region: Ireland
Distiller: Bushmills

Mash Bill: 100% Malted Barley
Cask: ex-Bourbon, ex-Oloroso, ex-Marsala
Age: 12 Years
ABV: 40%

Bushmills 12 Years Single Malt Price: $60*

Related Whiskey

Bushmills White Label
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Bushmills 10 Years
Bushmills 16 Years
Bushmills 21 Years

White background tasting shot with the Bushmills 12 Years Single Malt sample bottle and a glass of whiskey next to it.
“Now available for the first time in America, the Bushmills 12 Year Old Single Malt Whiskey is a full-bodied, deep amber whiskey that is both complex and approachable.” – Bushmills

Bushmills 12 Years Single Malt Tasting Notes

EYE
Light amber

NOSE
Dried apples, peaches, pears, strawberry taffy, malt, wax and a touch of vanilla beans.

I want to live in this aroma, it’s elegant, balanced and just all-around nice.

PALATE
Honey, pears, dried apples, candied nuts, Honey Nut Cheerios, strawberry taffy and waxy vanilla.

Like the aroma this is elegant, it’s something I could sip anytime and be happy.

FINISH
Medium -> Fruit, taffy, malty sweetness fades to Honey Nut Cheerios.

BALANCE, BODY and FEEL
Well balanced, medium body and a warm soft feel.


Bushmills 12 Years Single Malt – Overall Thoughts and Score

It was a foregone conclusion I would buy a bottle of this when it arrived in CA because I’m a massive Bushmills fan (still waiting), but I’m very glad I got to try it before it arrived. Because now I’m going to buy two bottles instead of one!

Fruity, malty, sweet and a touch earthy and elegant, this is the perfect afternoon sipper. Which, not coincidentally, is how I finished off this sample bottle: sipping it on my porch on a lazy Saturday afternoon. Bushmills 12 Years Single Malt is delicious, just wish it offered a bit more in the texture department.

SCORE: 3.5/5 (tasty, worth checking out ~ B | 83-86)

*Disclosure: The sample for this Irish Single Malt Whisky review was graciously sent to me by the company without obligation. The views, opinions, and tasting notes are 100% my own.

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Bushmills Years Single Malt Review
Bushmills Years Single Malt Review
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