A limited release from 2008 to celebrate the 400th anniversary of Bushmills "original grant to distill". The 1608 is a blend of three different spirits: Regular Bushmills triple-distilled malt whiskey, along with a lighter grain and a malt whiskey they made using crystal malt; a caramelized version of the normal malted barley. Maturation took place in a combination of bourbon and sherry casks. Bottled at 46%.
Nose: Rich, warm. Plenty of floral, sherried notes. Slightly earthy, berry fruits, vanilla and a hint of smoke.
Palate: Full, round palate with marzipan, peels, sherry, thickness.
Finish: Long and fruity, becomes slightly dry.