A special bottling to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the license to distil aqua vitae in Antrim originally granted in 1608 to Sir Thomas Phillips. Bushmills 1608 has already won 'Best Irish Blended Whiskey (No Age Statement)' at the World Whiskies Awards 2008 and 2012. World Whiskies Awards 2012 - Best Irish No Age Statement Blended Whiskey
Tasting Notes by Mark Gillespie, World Whiskies Awards 2012
Clean and buttery with hints of ginger, hazelnut and marzipan. Spicy with strong cinnamon bite and a hint of anise on top with touches lemon. Lemon tartness balanced with cinnamon spiciness that fades slowly.
Customer Reviews:(21 reviews)
Smooth yet full bodied- with hints of honeyed sweetness. I was thrilled to locate this whiskey via your site!
- Christine Stephens, 22nd June
Fantastic. Ignore the negative comments and Jim Murray's review. This is extremely good irish whiskey and an absolute steal at under £40! Thank you very much whisky exchange!
- anonymous, 18th Apr '12
Really great whisky but beside the 16 triple wood it comes in second!
- Michael d, 29th Dec '11
Have drunk Black Bush for years. Tried the Malt when first introduced
To the line-up. The 400 is special ... Buy it while you can !
- Coleraine Man , 15th Nov '11
Tried this on the Bushmills brewery tour and loved it.Bought a bottle.Very smooth taste with an interesting kick going down, I do prefer mine with a touch of water.The presentation box is very suitable for giving it as a gift, present or prize.
- Will, 24th Feb '11
This may be a blend, but if you read up on it there is very little grain whiskey in there. It is almost all Crystal Malt Whiskey, that in itself makes it unique. A small amount of grain is added simply to make it taste better. What is wrong with making a whiskey taste better?
- anonymous, 9th Feb '11
Simply the best whiskey I have ever had. Forget prejudices against blends; this blows away single malts of ten times the price.
- anonymous, 1st Feb '11
Finally found somewhere to purchase the 1608!!! Bought a bottle for my husband when returning to the UK from Canada - he loved it and it was rationed accordingly. Definitely the best of the Bushmills family of whiskey
- A grateful customer, 11th Dec '10
Wondering if this would be a good gift for a collector? Found it under $50 in Alberta
- anonymous, 6th Dec '10
I bought a bottle of this, partly on the strenth of the good reviews posted here. I save to say that like its stablemate Blackbush it smells and tastes great, until you swallow and the grain whiskey kicks in. Its a shame this could not have been a blend of Bushmills malts rather than malt and grain. In future I will stick with the fantastic Bushmills 10 year old single malt.
- Jonathan, 6th Dec '10
This is an absolutely gorgeous whiskey; very toffee and vanilla, with a bit of nuttiness and tons of spice. I prefer this straight out of the bottle because I feel that water reduces the intensity of the flavor, but water will cream out the palate and make it more approachable to someone who doesn't like the intense pepper this brings to the back of the throat.
- cweidler, 15th Jun '10
Tried the 400 at the distillery on 16th March enjoyed ever sip and bought the 16 year old for my husband he already had the 400. Always love the visit around the distillery and have become a convert to the tipple. See you soon
- Liz Malvern, 10th Apr '10
Quite possibly one of my all time favourite whiskies.Bought a bottle off the back of a review and have never regretted it.
- Sean, 23rd Mar '10
The best Bushmills expression I've had so far and well worth the money. Much more character than the 10 Year Old single malt or even the 16 Year Old three wood. Amazing (and great packing too!)
- Mark at Whivie.be, 14th Jan '10
Bushmills whiskey every bottle i have had is absolutely brilliant keep it up for another 400years a privilage to have toured the distillery 3 times when in N/Ireland
- Allan Hunt, 30th Nov '09
great whisky, we first tasted it on a visit to bushmills to search for family members at easter 2009. buy it !
- John McCallum, 26th Apr '09
Never put the pure brown sugar before the dirty green cream.
- anonymous, 26th Apr '09
This whiskey is NOT to be missed or taken for granted. We used to drink Middleton exclusively. But I must say, the Bushmill's 1608 has by far a more lush and textured flavor ranging from nuts to caramel, to honey -- it is simply smooth and utterly fantastic! And, being a lot less expensive than Middleton, Bushmills 1608 can't be beat. Highly recommended.- Brendan O.
- anonymous, 29th Mar '09
Fantastic whiskey. Flavors of candied walnuts, honey, caramel/toffee, dried fruits and vanilla abound. Simply delicious.
- anonymous, 16th Mar '09
would like to taste it before i give my view on it