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Location : County Antrim
Located in the extreme north of Ireland in Country Antrim, just two miles from the Giant's Causeway. - Near the Giant's Causeway on the north coast of Ulster.
Region : County Antrim
Country : Ireland
Type : Blend, De luxe blend, Single Malt
Distillery :  Old Bushmills Distillery
BT57 8XH
N. Ireland
Phone +44 01265-731521
Fax +44 01265-731339
Guided tours are available all year-round. For tour hours, contact Ireland 012657 31521.
Visitors are welcome 09.00 - 12.00, 13.30 - 15.30 Monday - Thuesday., 09.00 - 11.45 Friday.
Founded : License to distill in 1608.
Owner : Pernod Ricard Group. ( Now Diageo)
Producer : Old Bushmills Co.
Water : The River Bush. / Saint Columb's Rill.

Remark :

All Bushmills whiskeys are gluten free. The distillation process removes the gluten from the cereal.

Bushmills Irish Whiskey

Top markets: US, Ireland, GB, France, Bulgaria and Duty Free

Launch: Bushmills was granted the rights to distil in 1608, and in 1784 the Old Bushmills Distillery officially registered as a company.

Whiskey making at Bushmills draws on centuries-old distilling history, including a royal licence to distil whiskey granted for the county of Antrim in 1608. At one time there were many hundreds of Irish whiskeys, over the years they have disappeared leaving only Bushmills and a handful of others which is why we say 'Bushmills – oldest because it is the best, not best because it is oldest.'

Variants: Bushmills Original, Black Bush, Bushmills Malt 10 year old, Bushmills Malt 16 year old, Bushmills Malt 21 year old

Facts: Bushmills Malt 21 year old Single Malt Irish Whiskey is an extremely rare Single Malt Irish Whiskey. Only a very limited number of bottles are available each year. It is matured in three different types of casks. The whiskey is first aged in American bourbon barrels and Spanish Oloroso sherry casks for 19 years and upwards. The malt whiskey is then vatted and married for another two years in Madeira drums

Source www.bbr.com :


The County Antrim village of Bushmills has a long and illustrious history of whiskey production.

In 1608, the first licence to distil whiskey was granted by King James I for the region which is now County Antrim. The Irish spirit soon became a favourite among the revellers of British King James's court. In 1784, the Bushmills distillery became an officially registered company.

From the 1740s to 1910 Irish emigrants to the USA spread their taste for Bushmills overseas. During these years the Bushmills whiskeys scored outstanding successes at international spirit and whiskey competitions.

Visit: www.bushmills.com


From the book 'The Scottish Collection' Classic Malts by Carol P. Shaw :
Old Bushmills glories in the status of the oldest licensed distillery in the world. It is though that distilling may have begun on the site as early as the thirteenth century, but the first permit was granted by James VI and I to Sir Thomas Phillipps, a local landowner, in 1608. The site was especially well suited for its purpose, standing on the banks of St Columb's Rill, or stream, which flowed over the nearby peaty ground and into the River Bush, and which still provides the distillery with its fresh water supplies today. Belying its antiquity, Old Bushmills is distinctly Victorian-Speyside in appearance - a legacy of its rebuilding and the addition of its pagoda towers after a devastating fire in 1885. Although no longer in use, the tower remain the distinctive landmark of a distinguished distillery.

The Old Bushmill's can glory with the title 'The oldest licensed distillery in the world'.
The license was granted in 1608 to Sir Thomas Phillips who were a local landowner.
It was founding as a company in 1783 but local competition of legal and illegal distillers made the competition hard making the Bushmills to close and re-opened several times.
It revived under the ownership of the Boyd family, but again under the second world war it moved inevitably from being a family concern through a succession of larger, corporate buyers until in 1972 it joined the Irish Distillers Group. Irish Distillers Group were the bought by Pernod Ricard Group at the end of the 1980's.

Rip from www.whiskypages.com
The year 1608. Shakespeare had already written Macbeth. The explorer John Smith became president of Jamestown, the first permanent English settlement in North America. It was an era of Milton and Galileo. And it was the year that Bushmills distillery was granted a license to distill whiskey. Today, 389 years later, the Bushmills distillery is still producing whiskey.
It is now the oldest operating licensed distillery in the world.
Records actually show that whiskey was distilled, and consumed, at the site much earlier than 1608. Sir Robert Savage, ground landlord of the town of Bushmills, was known to have fortified his troops with "aqua vitae" (whiskey) in 1276. And the Book of Leinster mentions a feast in the town of Bushmills back in 1490 where the local spirit helped to "down the food."
It is quite remarkable that anything lasts nearly four centuries, let alone a distillery. Throughout the years it has endured fires, wars, U.S . Prohibition, and multiple owners-from Seagram, Irish Distillers Group, and Pernod Ricard. Not only is Bushmills the world's oldest licensed distillery, it is also the only operating whiskey distillery in Northern Ireland.
With more than a dozen active distilleries in the early 1900s, the amount was reduced to three by the mid 1900's. The Comber distillery closed in 1953, and the Coleraine distillery stoped making malt whiskey in the mid-1960s, and closed down completely in 1978.
The Bushmills distillery is located on the edge of the town of Bushmills in Country Antrim, about an hour's drive north of Belfast and a short distance from the coast. The town itself is small and quaint, with two streets connecting in the center of the town to form a 'T'. There you'll find a small war memorial, a clock tower, and several small shops.
The distillery is two miles from the Giant's Causeway, described as the eighth natural wonder of the world. Its impressive vista of regular shaped stone outcrops of black basalt formed nearly 60 million years ago from the slow cooling of volcanic lava.
Mythical legend describes the causeway as a passage across the Channel to Scotland so that the Irish giant Finn McCool could cross the water without getting his feet wet. Also near the distillery is Portrush, a highly acclaimed championship golf course, and Dunluce Castle, which sits along the coastline impressively perched on a rock outcrop since around the year 1300.

Other rips :
The Bushmills distillery, in the little town of the same name was licensed by King James I (and James IV / Red.) in 1608. It is the world's oldest licensed malt distillery though its single malt was launched only in the mid 1980s. There are three labels - "Bushmills Malt", a de luxe blend partner "Black Bush" and a regular "Old Bushmills". They are all triple distilled.

There's lots of info about Bushmill's on other whisky related sites, seek your self or try some links on the buttom of this page.

From the Whisky pilot by Uniqum Systems :
Bushmills was granted a licence to distil in 1608, making it by far the earliest legal distillery of all. Operated by Irish Distillers which, in 1988, was the target of a hard fought take-over battle between British giant Grand Metropolitan and French rival Pernod Ricard, which the latter won.
Bushmills is triple distilled, although it is not alone in this respect. Auchentoshan, Rosebank and Benrinnes also use forms of triple distillation. Bushmills is also available in duty- free markets at 43% vol.
Irish whisky is unpeated, unlike most Scotch whisky.
Irish Distillers own two distilleries, Bushmills and the modern Midleton complex near Cork. Irish blends such as Jameson, Original Bushmills, Black Bush, Powers, Paddy and Tullamore Dew are produced from whiskies distilled at these two distilleries.
In 1920, there were 23 distilleries in Ireland and 134 in Scotland.
The distillery is situated near the Giant's Causeway on the north coast of Ulster.
Water is drained from the Saint Columb's Rill.
The distillery is open to the public all year. April to Octobeer, M-S 9.30am-5.30pm, S 12noon- 5.30pm.(Last tour 4.00 pm each day)
Off Season : M-F 6 tours daily, 10.00am, 11.00am, 12 noon, 1.30pm, 2.30pm and 3.30pm sharp.

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