After Christmas Day, St Patricks Day is arguably one of the most celebrated events on the planet. Well, one thing we can certainly agree on is the Irish ability to party… at scale!
On the 17th March EVERY year the Irish celebrate their patron Saint, St. Patrick. Whilst this year celebrations are going to be understandably marred, there’s nothing to stop you getting in the flow of things with some fine whiskey, our affordable tipple of choice this year being delicious Bushmills Black Bush and 10 Yr old Single malt, or perhaps if you are feeling a little more extravagant, you might opt for the Bushmills 21 year old.
Without doubt, Bushmills is my go to Irish whiskey, whether it be for Irish Coffees, on the rocks or perhaps in an essential ‘Old Fashioned’ – it has a smooth fruitiness you’ll never tire of, not to mention a very attractive price point for a tipple of its class.
My favourite Bushmills has to be Black Bush. With its caramel-y texture and dark fruity sweetness, it’s unlikely you’ll find a smoother tipple. Expect vanilla, dried peels and cinnamon on the palate, with a baked dark fruit finish.
Bushmills 10 year old single malt is a multi-award winner that also scores incredibly well in Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible (92.5 points!). You’ll also struggle to find a negative review online. The nose is sweet with hints of banana, with a medium fruity chocolate pudding on the palate, with a clean floral finish. Again, this has a very reasonable price tag for a single malt in its class. This is one to enjoy next to the fire!
Bushmills 21 year old single malt is a gem too, which is matured in a mixture of Oloroso Sherry and Bourbon casks, before a two year marrying period spent in Madeira casks. You can almost taste the rich toffee, honey, dark mocha and syrupy sweet pipe tobacco right. It is out of this world and whilst it may set you back around £160, it’s one you’ll never forget in a hurry!
Whilst Your odds of finding a four-leaf clover are about 1 in 10,000, legend says that each leaf of the 4 leaves has a meaning: Hope, Faith, Love and Luck.
I’d say we’re all hoping for a bit of each in 2021. Stay safe all.
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