By Matt Goldstein, Amy K. Haight & Kevin Hussey
About a year and a half ago when my cousin Sari and her fiancé Kevin got married, Kevin’s father bought the groomsmen a bottle of Bushmills 21 Year Irish whiskey which meant a lot to us because Kevin’s father came right off the boat from Ireland and is a bartender at an Irish bar in Manhattan called Desmond’s. It was a great moment and a beautiful wedding. Unfortunately I was so hung over from the rehearsal that it was difficult to even look at the battle. Honestly, when I woke up the morning of the wedding I didn’t think I would be able to go to the actual wedding. Even more unfortunate, the groomsman and I crushed the bottle before Kevin could even get a taste.
So when Bushmills sent us a sample of each of their whiskey’s we thought it would be fitting to taste the 21 year with Kevin since he missed out on the beautiful gesture from his father.
The Bushmills 21 Year Malt Irish Whiskey is aged for a minimum of 19 years in Oloroso Sherry and Bourbon seasoned casks, then transferred to Madeira casks for the final 2 years of the whiskeys maturation. The Bushmills 21 year is perhaps the most complex Irish whiskey but smooth, sweet, syrupy and oaky. It’s sweet, soft, fruity and simply one of the best Irish Whiskeys in the world period. The Bushmills 21 Year comes with one of our highest recommendations but it also comes with a steep price tag, about $100. We definitely recommend this over the comparatively priced Jameson 21 year.
Bushmill’s uses 100% malted barley to make their whiskey and the Old Bushmills Distillery is about 100 miles northwest of Belfast in Northern Ireland and has been making whiskey in the same area for more than 400 years.