Old Bushmills: Northern Ireland's 236 year old Whiskey Distillery

Historic still at Old Bushmills Distillery

This evening, I am focusing on Northern Ireland’s best known whiskey distiller, Old Bushmills.

Key facts and information concerning Old Bushmills:
  • Located close to the town of Bushmills and near to the Giant’s Causeway and other popular visitor sites.
  • Enjoys a long pedigree. A licence to distil in the area was first granted in 1608 but the distillery as exists today was first registered in 1784.
  • Now part of Jose Cuervo, a family-owned multinational drinks company headquartered in Mexico City,
  • Production is about 4.5 million litres p.a.
  • In common with other Irish distillers, Bushmills triple distills the spirit using ten stills.
  • The distillery produces a range of single malts and blends, viz:
    • 10, 12. 16 and 21 years old single malts.
    • Bushmills and Black Bushmills blends.
    • Irish Honey, a blended Liquer whiskey with honeyed pear and apple and somewhat sweet. 35pct alcohol.
  • A bottling plant is incorporated in the distillery.
  • Distillery tours are provided but photography is not permitted, hence limited range of images in this post.

Bushmills 12 year old Irish Whiskey

Antique bottle of Old Bushmills Irish Whiskey.

Old maltings


Distillery buildings.


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