Ultimate Beverage Challenge 92 points - Toasted grain, a hint of nutty sherry and black tea lead into a dry palate. Honey and vanilla emerge along with sweet grain as the first impression on the palate, leading to a clean, lingering, bone dry finish. (Apr 2014)
Wine Enthusiast 90 points - Possesses a high ratio (80%+) of malt whiskey. Black Bush’s racy bouquet offers aromas of toffee, cotton candy, malt mash and cream highlight. Palate entry is deep, dark caramel-like and stunningly luscious. Simply, one of the greatest whiskeys from Ireland.
— P.P. (7/1/2004) — 90-95 (Jun 2006)
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Viscous and rounded. Medium-to full-bodied. Aromas reminiscent of fresh sea air are accompanied by rich flavors of molasses and chocolate. Leather and smoke linger in the finish.