Translation: Mill on the River Bush
Region: Northern Ireland, County Antrim
The thing with the 400 years.
On the labels of Bushmills proudly emblazoned the year 1608th And they call themselves like "oldest whiskey distillery in the world". The latter may be true, but with the year on the bottle it has to do at best indirectly. Because the Bushmills distillery was not founded in 1608. This date refers to the licensing by King James I of the firing license for the area where Bushmills is located. The distillery was officially registered only in 1784. Which is already quite old.
A little history
King James I granted Sir Thomas Phillips the exclusive license to burn County Antrim Whiskey in 1608. When whiskey burning in Ireland was first taxed and later banned in the 17th century, numerous illegal black distilleries were created. Perhaps Bushmills was one of them, the founding date can no longer be understood exactly today. But it is clear that the distillery was officially registered in 1784. In 1885, large parts of the distillery were destroyed by fire. In 1972, Bushmills joined the Irish Distillers Group, which in 1987 went to Pernod Ricard. Until John Teeling launched his Cooley distillery in 1989, the (Old) Bushmills Single Malt was for a long time the only Irish malt whiskey.
In 2005, Diageo bought the "Old Bushmills Distillery Co. Ltd." for £ 200 million. At the end of 2014, Diageo gave the Bushmills brand to the Casa Cuervo distillery group, in return for which it acquired the "Jul Julio" tequila brand.
What are they doing?
Under the name of Bushmills both single malts of different ages and Irish whiskeys (ie a blend of malt and grain or even unmalted barley) as the original or the Black Bush are.
In addition, come from here more Malts, which are marketed under other names: The Irishman and Knappogue Castle (for Castle Brands), also the Clontarf Irish Whiskey (with the Midleton distillery).
3 reasons to love Old Bushmills
1) Because Bushmills long alone held up the banner of the Irish Single Malts.
2) Because the Bushmills Single Malt is wonderfully soft and fruity.
3) Because Ireland is very Irish up here.
The one drama for the lonely island
The exclusive 21-year-old single malt matures in former Oloroso sherry, bourbon and Madeira barrels. Fine sweetness and intense chocolate notes combine gently with honey and toffee, vanilla and spices.
numbers and facts
Address: 2 Distillery Road, Bushmills, Co. Antrim BT57 8XH
Founded: 1784 (officially registered)
Owner: Diageo (brand and license rights: Casa Cuervo)
Capacity: approx. 4,500,000 liters
2 wash stills (15,920 l)
5 spirit stills (1 x 8,360 l, 4 x 10,456 l)
Water: Saint Columb's Rill
Visitor Center: yes
Phone: +44 (0) 28 - 20731521