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Bushmills Black Bush

(70cl, 40%)

Bushmills Black Bush

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Bushmills Black Bush Bottling Note

If you've been in a bar (any bar, really), you've more than likely seen a bottle of this on the shelf. One of the most well-known Irish blends, Bushmills Black Bush features a lot of sherried malt in its recipe, alongside classically caramel-y grain whiskey. Suitable for enjoying neat, but it can also be used in whiskey cocktails that call for dark fruit sweetness...

Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt

Nose: Over-ripe grape and light citrus on the nose. A touch of toffee and peanut.

Palate: Vanilla and milk bottle sweeties. Dried peels, chamomile tea and cinnamon sticks.

Finish: Digestive biscuit, cooked plum and orange oil.

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Bushmills Black Bush Reviews

Best sub £30 whiskey

The best sub £30 whiskey of them all. Like all the best whiskies it has sherry in its heart. A joy on its own, with ginger ale or in a cocktail.

25th November 2020

Good whiskey

Smooth and well-balanced, difficult to find better in this price range.

16th November 2020

Excellent whiskey, in my humble opinion the very best !

Since I live in the heart of the beautiful area that surrounds Bushmills in North Antrim , I am intensely proud of this , its premier drink !
The "Route" as this area is known was settled peacefully with Scottish "planters" by the then Earl of Antrim in the late 1500s and early 1600s.
It was not part of the formal English plantation, rather a continuation of the exchange of people and goods across the North Channel betwixt Antrim and Scotland that had been normal for centuries even then.
The planted people and the native Irish were in fact the same people !
They both knew how to produce excellent whiskey and the rest is as they say .......... history !

22nd September 2020

Love Irish whiskey more than Scotch

What a wonderful drink , I love it and enjoy to drink neat.

1st September 2020

Very enjoyable

Just great. Sipping it neatly enjoying all the different tastes. To be savoured and not gulped.

28th August 2020

Not very bodied but very good for the price.

I just bought this at 12:00 at night from my local corner-shop about 20 minutes ago, simply for the other options being Red Label, Claymore, Teachers and other weird unknown blends.

This is being drunk in the wake of a 12 year old sherry casked Macallen, so compared to that it's rather thin and fleeting. There's also discernable, faintly paraffiny grain spirit in it.

All that said, there's absolutely nothing wrong with it at all and given that it costs nothing, it's certainly quite good.

15th July 2020

July 9 2020

A very decent whiskey and a very good price

9th July 2020

I liked this more than Jameson

I liked this more than Jameson. I'm getting a massive apple juice smell and taste.

2nd May 2020

Black Bush Vs Jameson

Alright Mister Great accompaniment with Guinness",
Ok so I'm loving the Bushmills Black Bush and the Jameson regular (& most any Jameson expressions (not Black Barrel, too sweet)) so your reference to some meaningless inheritance history is ….uhh... meaningless?
Let's try side by side.
OK Bush Black.. hmm that great nose; grapey, malty, sherry cask ageing....its really great sherry influence and fruity, hmm, lovely finish, little bit of mint on the tail,,,nice lingering finish, wow, Awesome!
Jameson: nose, ok there's some fruit there, grapes, peaches, blood orange, yes going citric orange, lime. Pallette: wow cream, this is like cream enfused with all the nose fruit cocktail noses, peaches, orange, but add hint of raspberry's and cream , then blood orange comes back in but all so soft and creamy, on the finish there's some fruit and sugars and vanilla/toffee there very subtly..... mostly fruit but a shorter finish compared to the Bushmills Black.

Wow, that was very interesting...….The Bushmills Black, fruity, sherry, lush but the
Jameson, wow, so smooth, so fruity, so mellow,,, you get all the fruity notes but so soft. Wow the
difference is apparent the Jameson is much easier and very smooth.
Summary: Buy Jameson standard, you cant go wrong. Excellent Triple Distilled Irish Whiskey

11th March 2020

Excellent accompaniment with Guinness

Black Bushmills is a wonderful compliment to a Guinness . Anyone grinding on about Jameson’s is talking poppycock as John Jameson was born in Alloa Scotland and received the Bowmore distillery as a Wedding present . Let’s stop the Jameson v Bushmills hyperbole as it’s completely childish rumour . LOL

25th December 2019

Good shit

I've drank Teelings single grain and was flabbergasted by how good it was, i know the blender of Teelings is from Bushmills, that said in mind with the comparison of various single malts (incl. 10 year old Bush), which i like, and various blends have come to the conclusion i have found my mark, did not the Irish discover whiskey hehe, but this is a well rounded whisky, as my Irish ☘️ Pastor said “this is the good shit!”

27th October 2019


Receipe has changed it’s very sharp and cutting

25th September 2019

Pound for pound champion of Irish whiskey.

Great whiskey for the money. I’ve yet to find a better whiskey below £30.

Malty and slightly dark fruit flavour, with definitely strong notes of Christmas pudding.

A constant in my drinks cabinet.

21st September 2019

Nothing special.

I don't get all the reviews stating that this blend is punching above it's weight, "It's worth 3 times more!"
Sure, it's smooth and it has a bit of a darker note to it, but that's pretty much it. As a daily drinker it works fine but it does not offer something special. And I find this often to be the case with Bushmills whiskys in general.

I personally prefer Jameson Cask Mates over Black Bush, especially when the price is more or less that same.

7th April 2019

Love it, outstanding value

Rich and smooth neat or with one big ice cube.

7th April 2019

It okay but not great!

Tried it next to the Bushmills original and was surprised how it faded somewhat in comparison. Not a bad whiskey by any means though, just nothing special.

29th March 2019

It’s Decent

Bushmills is a consistent, quality product across the range. I have never quite understood the praise heaped upon this particular version. It is nicely falvored, yet like most Bushmills, it simply lacks a little something. Sometimes it seems to have a rather hollow middle, sometimes it seems to drop off a cliff at the end. However you look at it, at around $36 in my locale, I tend to pass over it.

17th February 2019

Smooth and woodsy

Found a 375 ml for 10 bucks at a hole in the wall liquor store down south. I bought the 3 bottles they had. Totally marked down, and accepted. :)
I Taste- very vanilla notes accompanied with a smooth smoky aftertaste. I am drinking this with ice. I agree with the biscuit reference, it’s oaky and smooth. One of my favorites actually.

18th December 2018

11 years old chocolate!!!!

I've had had a lot of whisky in my life: single malts, bourbons, blends and etc. But this one is my end for the whiskey journey. I only drink one that a lot off years now and I have stock about 12 bottles:P Love it best whiskey in the best price

16th December 2018

This is a great Irish whiskey

Flavour-wise there's a lot more going on than in something like Jameson or Paddy, but it retains the smoothness that is characteristic of Irish whiskies.

Mixes beautifully, and is interesting enough to sip on its own.

1st December 2018

Best whiskey in in its price range bar none, competes with whiskeys 3 times its price.

Best value whiskey on offer today, bar none. can be had for 25 euro a bottle, yet has nuanced complexity of something you would otherwise have to spend 3 times as much on.

Think of everything else at the price point, mostly only good for mixing with soft drinks, harsh, young, spirits.

Black bush is for sipping neat, for savoring.

very sherried with a hint of sweetness, perhaps from the grain.
sherry again, quite strong but not too sweet, its rounded off by some wood and vanilla. Lots of biscuity malt, hay and barley.
lots of malt, robust sherry.

Firstly, the facts:
- blend of grain & single malt aged 8-11 years, mostly aged in sherry casks.

14th October 2018

So smooth and deep.

Had this for the first time in Manhattan, and it was outstanding!

4th October 2018

Good mixer

I was kinda surprised to find out this is aged 11 yrs, I mostly drink Scotch so maybe just Irish Whiskey tastes lighter to me, it was ok on the rocks but delicious mixed with Coke, thats about all

30th September 2018


I typically drink JW Black. One night at an pub tried several Irish Whiskeys and fell head over heels with Black Bush. Love it! It's a shame many places will only have Bushmills Original.
Excuse me but I love it with ginger ale!

17th September 2018


Love it! Purchase it regularly. A local large pub maintains a bottle of it for me.

14th September 2018

Smooth perfection with just the right amount of sweetness

Amazing. I bought this as it was the only whisky they had in the shop where I’m staying in East Kilbride that wasn’t bells or famous grouse.

Absolutely blown away....I was not expecting this level of smooth perfection. I can see this becoming a regular for me. I’ve always considered myself a strictly single malt man but this beauty has converted me.

30th July 2018

Smooth pure greatness

Pure perfection ! Highly recommend.

15th April 2018

Lives up to the Name

Sweet spicy enjoyable

13th April 2018

Preço,qualidade, muito bom!

Comparado com whiskey do mesmo preço é o melhor...

1st April 2018

Simply beautiful.

Mouthful of taste, miles ahead from the white label aka Original. Nice spice towards the end, I cant fault it. It is often sold on special offer so keep your eyes open and snach a bottle. Back to my glass that is full of it...

31st March 2018

Delicious Irish

Very tasty and smooth. My go to Irish whiskey.

30th January 2018

Solid irish

I'm not a big fun of irish whiskey but this one is very good

10th January 2018

The dogs doodahs.

Came across Black Bush on night out, as they had no other Irish whiskey and fell in love with its smooth, sweetness. Just ordered myself another bottle as you can never have to much of a good thing.

27th December 2017

I love Black Bush.

I love Black Bush. I discovered it when I lived in Ireland many years ago. It is still my favourite, even though I have tasted a variety of fine whiskeys and scotches over the years. If you have been disappointed by the roughness of the standard Bushmills, try Black Bush. It is so smooth, it will surprise you. And if you’re a whisky “virgin”, try a hot toddy with this: very hot water, one or two teaspoons of sugar, a good measure of Black Bush and to finish, a sice of lemon pierced with 3 or 4 cloves. Delicious and guaranteed to stop a cold in its tracks!

13th December 2017

Bushmills under charging people

At this price it's a steal. I bought this for a party as they had no other whiskey in store for under 30 that I liked. Now I find myself reaching for it again and again. Has a slight taste of charred wood with all the fruits of a mild jam thrown in. Very creamy up front with a back end sweetness which brings you back for more

19th November 2017

100x better than Jameson.

Hands down superior to Jameson. This is my new go-to.

20th October 2017

Complete whiskey

A complete whiskey, well rounded, good depth, nice bite. Really satisfying, so much so that this bottle is lasting me a lot longer than others, after a pour or two I feel like I've had my whiskey, I'm happy now and it's bedtime!

12th October 2017

An addition to my private bar stock from now on.

As a current Glenlivet and Macallans whiskey drinker, I found Bushmills Black Bush to be a new choice. Over a small amount of ice to cool, it becomes a pleasant, smooth and refreshing taste to be enjoyed at any time.

14th September 2017

This is truly in another league. My new favorite.

Truly excellent. Rich and smooth, a wonderful value.

15th August 2017

Nothing better!!

Exceptionally smooth and enjoyable.

16th July 2017

very bad

not like before

26th April 2017

This stuff could make a whiskey drinker out of any whiskey haters. Nuff said.

Before I tried Black Bush I was really not a whiskey fan at all, particularly the peat smoky, heavier flavor of Scotch. Haven't tried Red Breast yet.

29th March 2017

A firm favourite

Sweet and smooth wth a great after taste.

17th March 2017

What you look for in blended Scotch Whisky without the burn.

I'm a single malt Scotch Whisky drinker, period! Then this pretender comes along and oh my god I'm a convert! Mildly sweet and tempered with a fruity nose a medium palate with mild malt, smoke and just a tease of peat in the aroma and on the palate. This formulation is what the joy of a sipping Whiskey is all about. Warming and approachable this Irish Whiskey is a winner and has made more than a few of my friends into converts also. Enjoy!!

7th March 2017


Good value, smooth and nutty but not as good as 10 year single malt.

4th February 2017

Wonderful value.

Beautiful. My favourite.

27th January 2017

like a scotch !!

single malt !!!

25th December 2016

Smooth and Just Sweet Enough!

Excellent sipping whiskey. Looking forward to pouring up my first Blackbush Manhattan.

23rd December 2016

Smooth Sweet Sherry! Drink neat!

Wow talk about bang for buck . Tried this for the first time last night and I was blown away! Nose had the familiar smell of sherry, sweet on the palate, smooth silky finish! I would prefer a higher abv since its so smooth, but I'm not going to complain at this price point.

13th December 2016

My new favorite Whiskey

The only problem being my grocery only occasionally has it

13th December 2016



5th October 2016


Super whiskey.

11th September 2016


It is the first and the last whiskey which is enjoyed at our house and so my bottle of Black Bush is always empty. Hence I am ordering more and writing this review.

7th September 2016

Polecone przez brata

Moje podniebienie nie jest krolewskie... Ale po tym trunku narodzilo sie na nowo :-) poczulem dreszcz emocji jak bym chcial skoczyc na linie...w nieznsne.

27th May 2016

Black Beauty!!!

A great whisky for a great evening. Anyone can enjoy this. Feels like it floats on your tongue. Lots of flavour and finish but in a gentle, non eye flickering way.

20th May 2016

Mr Alan Hill

Beautiful smooth tasting Whiskey will certainly purchase again


28th April 2016


Been involved in the whisky industry for well quite sometime. I do appreciate this whisky but I do find it has an overwhelming synthetic banana taste to it. Reminds me of when I was a child and would get that penicillin that tasted like bananas. It's just my own palate. Too each their own. Slainte!

14th April 2016

F.U. autocorrect

That last one. I've never tasted anything called Jurassic. It was Jura. My bad

28th January 2016

"Mmmmm not so SMOTH"???? Really dude

Not sure why you'd give this 1 star Saint it tastes cheap. Thew you go to we all have different tastes in this big wide world.
I had this around Christmas time along with a bottle of Jurassic, Talisker and Penderyn (lucky me) all of which are in my opinion outstanding whiskeys. So I wasn't expecting miracles from Blackbush, however, this one is a lovely little drink. At under £25 a bottle, I highly recommend this one. And there ladies and gents, is my first ever whisky review. I thank you

28th January 2016

My favorite go to whiskey... and not just for the price

I got REALLY into whisk(e)y in the last couple of years, and admit that I went a bit overboard buying all kinds of scotch, japanese whisky, irish whisky, bourbons and rye. I took classes at several whisk(e)y bars in NYC. In the end, believe it or not, one of my favorite go to whiskeys has become Bushmill's Black Bush. Personally, I like it better than Red Breast and Greenspot, which I tried to like better because they were about twice the price. I still enjoy a peaty Ardbeg or Laphroaig from time to time, or some Woodford Reserve Rye, by if I had to move to a deserted island and could only bring a case of one whiskey it would be the Black Bush.

22nd January 2016

Love it

I usually have JW Green Label, Maccalan 12y fine oak, since I like Wiskey strait or with 2 ice cubes, now the Black Bush that is new in Mexico at a very affordable price around 30 USD and I just love the flavor, for half the price of the above mentioned. Triple Distilled Ireland whiskey is rare in Mexico, I tried it when I lived in Chicago and loved it. Now, about the Black Bush, the taste is awesome, sheery almost sweet, not astringent at all, you just don't feel the alcohol, still it has some complexities you won't find in JW Black Label or similar priced Single Malt scotches, that is why I give it 5 stars

31st December 2015

Mmm not so smoth

Honestly i d not buy it again. Taste cheap blend, the white one is better. If u like sweet add some blackberry honey . not recommended

15th December 2015

Stunning good whiskey, smooth, tastefull & rich, just amazingly drinkable.

Absolutely the best Bushmill whiskey around.

13th September 2015

Almost too smooth

Buyer beware, this whiskey is almost too smooth. I put it in my 235ml flask to keep track of how much I drank, and after 1 shot I was drinking it straight from the flask with no chaser. This whiskey is seriously that good. I'm new to whisky reviews so I couldn't really describe the nose or the taste but I can tell you it is up there with the best scotch or bourbon I have ever drank. It is much stronger than it tastes which I believe is a good thing, it doesn't have the burn of Glenmorangie or of Booker's bourbon, it almost has a sweet taste. Overall I think this may become my go to whiskey

10th September 2015

Excellent value for money

Excellent nose, good body, light, floral, sweet and fruit. Long and spicy finish. for $30 this is really good, would buy again!

Overall: this is like a really fruity and well bodied Speyside style whisky, the 80% malt is definitely showing.

17th August 2015

So smoothe, so good

This is my first time to ever "like" something with alcohol on line. But I a compelled to say how good this is. Smooth, sweet and aromatic. I'm loving it.! I am very impressed. This will be my favorite for a long time.

19th July 2015

Yordan BG

Amazing whiskey for the price. Excelent taste. Once of my favorite.

11th June 2015

Robere Jonquil

I have enjoyed several bottles of this godly brew as gifts from Celtic friends. I have a bottle saved for the day after my last chemo infusion.

4th June 2015

Smoothness for reasonable price

if you want to drink really good whisky by a reasonable price: buy black bush. McCallan, Achentoschen, Bruichladdich aren't really better, but look at their price...

16th May 2015

Good for irish coffe

.. yeah .. just good for irish coffee .. nothing else !

9th May 2015


Black Bush great taste one of the nicest whiskeys I have ever tasted reasonly priced will always be in my top 10.

26th April 2015

Pick of the Bushmills

I've had this whiskey on quite a number of occasions, it is very consistent for flavour. Plenty of sherry sweetness and a bit of spice: particularly on the nose though you can taste it (mixed spice? nutmeg? mace?) too. It has a much more substantial flavour and character than Bushmills Original, 10 or 16. It's my pick from the Bushmills distillery. It's probably got some caramel added and its probably been chill filtered. If they ever bring out a version where they don't do this I'd be very interested in buying plenty of it. In the meanwhile it is still one of the best blends going.

16th February 2015

Black Beauty

Soooo drinkable, tasting note is not representative - not in the least astringent but I add rocks, essential in the desert heat of the uAE

22nd December 2014


I am a Jack Daniel guy. but I do love an irish.
and Bushmills has always been my brand. Blsck Bush is very very good. the test is excellent. this is a sophisticated high class

13th December 2014

Taste from Texas

Decided to give this blend a try. Quite Nice neat with a small cube! Really enjoying the sherry resolve from the aging process. Reminds me a bit of Crown Cask 16 (which is out of production I believe. But I have found a new friend in this blend. Can't wait for a cigar and a glass.

23rd November 2014

Just Great

This may not be the most expensive, but its by far my favourite whiskey, (inclusing the other Bushmills varieties). Its smooth and sweet a perfect tipple to relax with.

14th October 2014


Much better than original Bushmills. Drinkable. Recommend.

14th October 2014

Best blend on the market

I prefer and generally only drink singles but this is lovely. I prefer this as a daily drinker to anything else.

14th September 2014


this was my introduction to whisky many years ago and is
still one of my favorites.

28th March 2014


Years ago a friend of mine gave me this bottle, just good.

18th March 2014

Too Sweet, Too Smooth

Hey, it's one of the better Irish blends, but you've really got to like sherry. Nice oily texture and spicy resinous nose, but the finish is really overly sweet, almost syrupy.

21st February 2014


Read above

6th February 2014


For the price you can't find better lovely sherried whisky

6th February 2014


Living in Scotland means having to really struggle to climb over the classic malts to get to this my favourite - so good to find it on line. First whiskey I tasted - given to me by my daddy - what a great education! Love it and am now cultivating the husband's palette - hence this as an Xmas present. What more could you want?

28th November 2013

£20 and under.....

No contest.... Bailey Nicol Jarvie may occasionally question the Black Bush dominance at this price .... My first whiskey love... I hold it in fond memories.... I revisit it regularly..... (I shamefully admit I have consistently been a cheater on all my loves :-( )
Yamazaki, Dalmore, Green Spot, Hibiki... they all have my heart.... but I stray every so often and return to the wonderful experience of Black Bush! Jason Breen

1st November 2013


It's the best blend in the best price!

9th October 2013


Very very nice

20th September 2013


great stuff for sherry fans no need for water neat is best try a bottle u wont go too far wrong with this alot better then the ten year old malt

14th July 2013


Bardzo dobra i smaku

13th July 2013

Good stuff

Enjoyable blend not quite a good as jw black, but a very good blend and very drinkable.

12th July 2013

Ottimo! ~MR~

Rapporto qualità migliore!

10th May 2013

Head blender:)

Best blend available

3rd April 2013

Get ready for this

Fantastic, never lets you down. Still quite low down in Bushmills pecking order but enjoyable on its own right. Go slow!

23rd December 2012


Sweet, sweet and some sherried tones. That's all.

23rd October 2012

Top Blend!

For the price, arguably one of the best blends on the market!

21st July 2011

Ste Byrne

Stunning stuff!

6th November 2010

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