A rich, dark, Irish blend, Black Bush contains a high proportion of triple-distilled single malt, aged in Oloroso sherry casks for around 8-10 years before marriage with the grain. Picked up the top prize in its category at the World Whisky Awards 2010.
Nose: Baked apples and spicy malt. A pleasingly mature character to it.
Palate: Big bodied, slightly oily, with nutmeg and red wine. Sophisticated and assured.
Finish: Notably long, drying with dark syrup and liquorice notes.
Comment: A confident whiskey that feels as though it has some age to it.
Tasting Notes by Dave Broom
Nose: Rich and ripe, with some dark (cooked) black fruit. Raisin, cocoa, praline, coconut. Substantial smooth succulence.
Palate: Sweet start then it firms up in the centre where the nuts return melting into the chocolate and raisin. Chewy and tongue coating. Showing some complexity.
Finish: Long, sweet.
Comment: Beautifully balanced.
Customer Reviews: (26 reviews)
Very nice aroma of peat on the Black Bush version. First tried it way back in 1965 with a pulled pint of Guiness in Northern Ireland. Never looked back. My daughter recently treated me to a (purple) bottle of the 15 year old one. Lovely Jubbly. Agree with comments about mixing - don't.
- David Wright, 21st February
Beautiful whiskey and a fair price. Much smoother than jamesons. Great on a winters night.
- Paul, 28th Nov '12
Always look forward to a bottle of blackbush, prefer it to the millenium and 10yr. sacrilege to mix it with anything,
- Steve Kelly, 4th Aug '12
Certain whiskies (of any kind) leave an impression, and this is one of them. I tried it once over a year ago and I've been meaning to buy a bottle ever since.
- anonymous, 18th May '12
One of the best blends. A 60th birthday gift. Commands the attention I'd usually give a malt. A clean nose which reminds me Of a Speysider! Subtler than previous bottlings. Less toffee, more fruit and licorice and better for it, both on nose and palate. Slight smoke on nose. Sweet spice and licorice on palate. Yellow fruits on finish. Lovely.
- Tim Hain, 13th Feb '12
Wow! So easy to drink you won't even think about water or ice. Maybe a bit on the sweet side for some people but I'll be having a lot more Black Bush in the future. If you enjoy a speyside like Macallan or Glenlivet then you'll love this. This is the whisky that Naked Grouse aspires to.
- anonymous, 15th Jan '12
If you think JW BLACK is good then try this and be prepared to be blown away! JW in my mind is very over rated, sorry!
- mark brailsford, 29th Oct '11
If you like JD and Coke, then replace the Jack Daniel's with Black Bush.
- anonymous, 6th Oct '11
Toffee, toffee and.. toffee. A great example of whisk(e)y spoiled by ultra sweetness.
- Mikko, 14th Jul '11
Totally georgeous whiskey, best around for the price, must try this! I love it more than most single malts I've tried
- anonymous, 23rd Apr '11
This Whiskey is simply outstanding for the price. Much better than many very expensive whiskey's. Lot's of layers to the flavours. Just stunning, almost as good as the 1608 and it's less than half the price.
- anonymous, 11th Apr '11
Best Irish blended whiskey i have tasted, lovely stuff. Nice sweet and smooth with sherry and raisin tasting. Top stuff. The cream of the crop of Irish Whiskies.
- Gizmo, Uk, South Wales, 10th Feb '11
a belter of a whiskey, i drink this neat, very smooooooth could be a liquid version of silk!
- anonymous, 19th Jan '11
That's what I love about whiskey. Everyone has an opinion. Black bush is a really enjoyable reasonably priced blend. But in JW Black's league? Hell no! If you have tried JW Black already, try this. If you haven't, why?
- anonymous, 23rd Sep '10
Palate (undiluted): Smooth, sweet chocolate mousse introduction followed by a nuttiness, think of cashews and brazil nuts. Next comes some spiciness, but not to the point of being peppery. The spiciness rests upon a malty background mixed with some dark fruitcake. Really intriguing. This is medium bodied. Finish (undiluted): Medium to short finish. Chocolate mousse again, oak and soft spices.
- Jason's Scotch Whisky Reviews, 21st Aug '10
Great stuff which hasn't been spoiled with price. Taste dwells in your mouth for few hours even you have taken a wee sip of this. Tasted like smooth liquorice and toffee after tasting and you'll notice wood as well.
- anonymous, 6th Jul '10
sounds lovely shame about the price.
- Doreen, 26th Apr '10
Great irish blend. Nutty , oaty, caramel. smooth.. fantastic.
- anonymous, 11th Mar '10
Another great blend. toffee
- anonymous, 26th Nov '09
Black Bush is tasty and reasonably priced, but merely hints at the treasure hidden in bottlings of Redbreast 12 or Bushmills 16. Black Bush is a fine everyday sipping Irish Whiskey, but is absolutely not the best.