3 best bottles: Bushmills Irish Whiskey

first_img All the New Whiskies You Need to Drink This Fall The Best Bottles of Whiskey You Can Buy For $20 or Less The Best New-School Kentucky Distilleries March has finally arrived, and that means it’s time to celebrate our Irish heritage as the rainbow leading to St. Patrick’s Day (March 17) continues to brighten. And while some 34.5 million Americans are at least partially Irish, some of us – myself included – haven’t a drip of green blood flowing through our veins. Which is why we’ve got to get authentic in a, um, different way. And by “different,” I mean booze.Now, the obvious choice for an Irish distillery to highlight would be Jameson – and that’s why we’re going to a completely different direction. Instead, this month we’re going to look at Bushmills Irish Whiskey, whose Old Bushmills Distillery isn’t in the Republic of Ireland at all. Instead, it’s nestled in the village of Bushmills, in Northern Ireland – which, for all you non-politicos out there, is actually part of the United Kingdom. But that doesn’t make it any less Irish, right? Not as far as we’re concerned!Here are the three best bottles Bushmills produces.Black BushJust above Bushmills Original on the distillery’s whiskey hierarchy, Black Bush is a blend of 80 percent Bushmills’ single-malts and 20 percent grain whiskey. The blend produces a rich flavor that delivers subtle hints of malt and chocolate that develop during the time spent in former Spanish Oloroso sherry casks. While some Irish whiskey tends to be sweet, Black Bush keeps the sugars to a minimum to create a smooth and supremely drinkable dram.Bushmills Distillery Reserve 12 Year Single MaltThe only bad part about Bushmills 12 Year is that you likely can’t get your mitts on a bottle without traveling to Old Bushmills Distillery – that’s the only place it’s officially available. But if you can grab a taste for St. Patty’s Day, you’ll find that the sweet citrus notes linger on the nose of the 12 Year, with vanilla and floral undertones. The body is subtle and straightforward, with a clear reminder of the sherry casks where this expression spent the majority of its years.Bushmills 21 Year Single MaltThe rarest of the bunch, Bushmills 21 Year is produced in limited quantities each year, which means you’ll have to lay out around $200 for a bottle – if you’re lucky enough to get one. Unlike other Bushmills expressions, the 21 Year ages in three different types of containers: American bourbon barrels and Oloroso casks, where it ages for at least 21 years; the whiskey is then transferred to Madeira drums, which give the 21 Year it’s unique taste. If do get your hands on a bottle, you’ll be greeted with a bold nose of toffee, mocha, and spiced fruit notes. A sip presents itself with a thick flavor of honey, nuts, wood, caramel, and spices, with a lasting finish that will leave you with nothing to do but polish off the bottle – you know, responsibly. The Best Blended Scotch Whiskies to Add to Your Collection Editors’ Recommendations 10 Best Whiskies for Irish Coffee last_img read more

The Latest Advocacy groups disappointed in YouTubeFTC deal

WASHINGTON — The Latest on U.S. fine against YouTube (all times local):10:35 a.m.Child advocacy groups that helped spark a government investigation of YouTube say the outcome doesn’t do enough to protect children.YouTube owner Google will pay the Federal Trade Commission $136 million and New York state $34 million to settle charges of violating children’s online privacy. It’s also agreed to changes to its business practices.Two groups whose complaint helped trigger the FTC’s investigation say they’re pleased the settlement may reduce the amount of behavioural advertising targeting children on YouTube.But the groups say Wednesday’s settlement falls short in holding Google responsible.The groups — the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood and the Center for Digital Democracy — also say it shifts too much of the burden from YouTube to those who create videos for the service.___9:15 a.m.The Federal Trade Commission is fining Google’s video site YouTube $136 million to settle allegations it collected children’s personal data without their parents’ consent.Google will pay an additional $34 million to New York state to resolve similar allegations brought by the state’s attorney general.The fine marks the largest the FTC has levelled against Google, although it’s dwarfed by the $5 billion fine the agency imposed against fellow tech giant Facebook earlier this year for privacy violations.The FTC found that YouTube violated a law that requires parental consent before companies can collect children’s personal information.YouTube has said its service is intended for ages 13 and older, although younger kids commonly watch videos on the site and many popular YouTube channels feature cartoons or sing-a-longs made for children.The Associated Press read more