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World's Oldest Whiskey Distillery



Old Bushmills Irish whiskey is the worlds oldest whiskey distillery, but where did it all start from to become such a popular whiskey today.

On April 20th 1608, King James I granted Sir Thomas Phillips - landowner and Governor of Co. Antrim, Ireland – a license to distill.

In 1784, The Old Bushmills Distillery is official. Hugh Anderson registered the Old Bushmills Distillery and the Pot Still became its registered trade mark. It’s still our mark of genuine distinction today.

Sticking to our grains. A malt tax is introduced in the 1850's- drastically increasing the price of the malted barley. While some distillers changed their recipe, however, Bushmills didn’t.

In 1885. A disastrous fire destroyed The Old Bushmills Distillery. But they pulled together and were soon rebuilt and back in full production.

Between 1880 and the early 1990's were seen as the golden years. Old Bushmills’ ‘celebrated malt whisky’ wins numerous prizes in international spirits competitions, including the ‘only gold medal for whiskey’ at the Paris 1889 Expo.

The popularity of the whiskey is evident between 1918-1920. Bushmills Whiskey made an impression on some of the most prolific authors of the time. It gets a mention in Ulysses and, not surprisingly, in On Booze.

1933, Prohibition ends. Bushmills is a whiskey you can believe in – and no one believed harder than Belfast merchant Samuel Wilson. Fully 10 YEARS before prohibition ended he bought the Bushmills Distillery knowing one day he’d make his fortune - and a lot of Americans very happy!

World War II halted production as Allied troops were billeted at the distillery. Meanwhile in Belfast, a bomb hit the Bushmills head office destroying all their archives.

The 1950's- 1960's were a boom time for Bushmills. Production resumed after the war and Bushmills became increasingly popular. Exports rocketed - particularly to the US.

1982 saw Bushmills conquer film as well as books. The golden hues of Bushmills grace the silver screen in the classic movie The Verdict.

2008, was a birthday to remember.  Celebrating 400 years. To mark this, the Bank of Ireland put the Old Bushmills Distillery on its new banknotes. Who says money can't buy happiness?

This grand history has led to a distillery that still creates a whiskey revered all over the world today. You’ll notice its rich, smooth warming taste almost instantly. It’s an easy drinking, versatile whiskey that can be enjoyed neat, over ice or with your favorite mixer.