Bushmills Distillery in Bushmills County Antrim in Northern Ireland.
Bushmills is Ireland’s oldest whiskey distillery with over four hundred years of history, whiskey and great stories to share. On April 20th 1608, King James I granted Sir Thomas Phillips, a local landowner and Governor of county Antrim, a license to distill. Some time later Hugh Anderson registered Bushmills distillery and the symbol of the pot still became their mark of distinction. Throughout their long history they have forged a path for whiskey, where many fell, Bushmills arose to the challenge, most notably during prohibition. This period in Irish distilling saw Ireland go from almost a hundred distilleries to two, of which Bushmills was one.
How does Bushmills see themselves; “We’ve been here for 400 years and don’t plan on leaving soon. We often say that we’re not necessarily the best because we’re the oldest, just that we’re the oldest because we’re the best.”
Northern Distillery & Antrim Coast
They have had belief, even when the distillery was destroyed by fire they rebuilt, in world war two, their offices where hit and their archives lost. Their only real dormant time was during world war two when the distillery was used to billet the allied troops. With the many successes over the centuries belief was strong to the point that in 1933 Samuel Wilson bought the distillery, a full ten years before prohibition ended.
21st Century Bushmills
Today Bushmills is a glorious beacon, shinning in the rugged and beautiful north coast of Ireland, welcoming visitors from near and far. Bushmills believe in the grain to glass; malt distilling, maturing, blending and bottling. They are also one of the first in the world to make both single malts and blended whiskeys. All handcraft small batches giving them the ability to keep their unique style intact for generations who wish to savour their infamous elixir’s.
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Bushmills Whiskey Collection