95.5 points Jim Murray's Whiskey Bible: "This remains something of a Chinese puzzle on the nose: just how do all those different notes, sometimes soft and rounded, sometimes hard and angular, many of them fruity, manage to intertwine...yet never clash? And why can you never detach one without another clinging on to it. If Sherlock Holmes tried to solve it, this would be a three pipe conundrum...except the use of tobacco would ruin the experience. Just marvel at the greengage and physalis, the flaked vanilla and liquorice, the ulmo honey and hickory...so much else besides. As melt-in-the-mouth as a whiskey can be: amazingly juicy barley offers the cutting edge and lead while a plethora of delicate sugars dissolve on impact; the fruit is served as a perpetual mixed salad.This finish is where I am really impressed. Despite all the complexity of the nose and delivery, at the finish the Bushmills trademark flaky vanilla and delicate barley comes through...a signature unique to one distillery in the world. An Irish journey as beautiful as the dramatic landscape which borders the distillery. Magnificent. ABV: 40%. (2016)"
93 points Wine Enthusiast: "This aged spirit shows Irish whiskey’s dark side. It retains the enticing fresh-fruit aroma of younger bottlings, plus a luscious layer of butterscotch. On the palate, it’s oaky and drying, with complex notes of toffee, dark chocolate, toasted nuts, caramel and a spicy finish. The whiskey is aged for a minimum of 19 years in former oloroso Sherry and Bourbon barrels, then transferred to Madeira casks for the final two years of maturation. Treat it like Scotch: add just a splash of water to open up the flavors. (Mar 2014)"
This rare single malt is aged for a minimum of 19 years in former Oloroso Sherry and Bourbon casks, then transferred into Madeira casks for the final two years of its maturation. The result is a whiskey of considerable depth that interweaves dried fruit flavors with spicy, aromatic maltiness and subtle, nutty, toasted raisin notes. Gold Medal 2007 SF World Spirits Competition.