A decent value blend and ideal for everyday sipping. I find the sweetness well balanced with a bit of spice and vanilla. It has grown on me and at this price it's the kind of drink you are happy to share with friends who wouldn't appreciate the finer bottles in your collection!
- The Colonel, 24th March
Compared to Jameson, Bushmills is less spicy and less sweet. The latter is something I certainly prefer in a whiskey. Whereas Jameson has gotten more notes of unripe green fruits, Bushmills is a 'warmer' whiskey with more 'woody' influences (but it certainly does not taste like wood like some Bourbons of very old malts do). In all an excellent blend which has a permanent place on my cupboard shelves.
- Juergen - Netherlands, 24th Dec '12
This is a good one! I have tasted hundreds of scottish and japanese blends and single malts, but only a few irish whiskeys. Bushmills original is a very well crafted blended whiskey with pleasant fruity vanilla character and surprisingly long finish. On the other hand the complexity is reduced by strong vanilla and toffee influence.
- Mikko, 1st Dec '12
Delicious, fruity, understated. Reminds me of recent Black Bottle, a lighter touch, but still packing a punch. At the price, an excellent quality whiskey.
- Grant Melville, Falkirk, 5th Jul '12
This is a quality whiskey. Compared to Jameson, it's less spicy/hot in the back of your throat. Makes for a great sipping whiskey. I've also found that this works extremely well when mixed with Coca Cola. Bushmills Original is a decent, cheap and classy Irish. What more can you really ask for?
- anonymous, 24th Mar '12
I love Bushmills. I have tried their entire range and even own a nice little bottle of their Millenium Malt, waiting for that special day when it's opened...
But I have to say, their original is easily the least favorite whiskey I've ever had. It tastes too 'spirity' to me. In the same price range, I'd go for the Jameson I'm afraid.
- MK, 11th Feb '12
really charming, substantial but simple (in a good way), fun, fruity, spicy and boisterous yet controlled, almost dry, tannic and low-key, as someone noted here...In short: a consistently worthwhile irish blended whiskey. A consistently worthwhile whiskey, period.
- anonymous, 12th Jan '12
At the heart of this whiskey lies Bushmill's famous pure malt whiskey, this whiskey is blended with a lighter Irish grain whiskey made at Midleton. To me this whiskey possesses a certain low-key, 'less is more' charm. Tastewise, Bushmills offers a nice honeyish, crispy malt taste but it's certainly not a heavy whiskey. This is easy-going stuff but neither bland nor boring. Since I'm more into lighter whiskeys, I like this one a lot.
- Juergen /Netherlands, 18th Dec '11
Very clean, dry on the palate, has an almost disinfectant smell about it.But don't let that put you off. Bleach is 20 times cheaper, but not half as nice!
- anonymous, 11th Sep '11
It?s nicely pleasant to the point of being banal, and struggles to find definition on the palate. It?s warming and spicy in the finish with no unpleasant lingering aftertaste. The overall result is a dangerously drinkable if somewhat forgettable whiskey.
- Craig at Rum, 23rd Aug '11
when feeling rich go for the 10 yr old, when feeling like a lottery winner try the 21 yr old, but for the rest of us the Original is a lovely, lovely drink. Highly recommend.
- anonymous, 13th Jul '11
A very good whiskey to enjoy when you don't want to be drinking £50 bottles. I prefer the 10 yr Malt as my regular Whiskey which is slightly more but worth it. Black Bush is also much better. But this is still a really nice drop that is better than most other blends. Buchmills wins at every price level for me when it comes to Irish Whiskey.
- anonymous, 9th Feb '11
tis okay, but i do prefer the blackbush.
- anonymous, 19th Jan '11
A decent Irish whiskey with notes of vanilla, almond, fruit and a touch of spice. It's fine on it's own, but I think I'll end up using most of my bottle for Irish coffees. When it comes to a standard Irish blend I'll go for Jameson, 'cause this Bushmills is a bit dull and flat in flavour, it needs more guts. So if it's for sipping - go for a bottle of Jameson, or try the Bushmills 16. The 16 y/o Bushmills is a real cracker compaired to this one.
- anonymous, 11th Jan '11
Bushmills is not scotch, but yes Irish whiskey and a decent one at that. However, it's a nice intro the scotch world and whiskies of other countries.
- jason's scotch reviews, 28th Nov '09
Bushmills is not scotch whisky it's Irish whiskey. Note the additional "e" in the spelling of whiskey.I like Bushmills and in my opinion it's far superior to run-of-the-mill Irish whiskey's such as Paddy and Powers
- anonymous, 18th Nov '09
If you are new to the scotch world, this is a wonderful dram that will reel you in on a lifelong adventure. Nothing in it will offend you. If you are seeking an inexpensive scotch gift of above average quality, this is a fine purchase.
- jason-scotchreviews, 8th Nov '09
"Nose" Hot chocolate."Palate"A nutty flavour chased by maple syrup flavoured porridge, which plateaus into lightly sugared short bread cookie. "Finish"A little zing of dark chocolate and malt (think "cereal") that lingers ever so briefly.
- Jason's Scotch Review, 8th Nov '09
I'm not a drinker, but made some irish coffes up with this, lovely, warm and smooth.
- Jacobim Mugatu, 6th Aug '09
Not as smooth as the 10 year old..still.. it comes in a bottle...that's all I require of it. :-0)