Bushmills: Ireland’s Oldest Distillery and a National Treasure

Bushmills: Ireland’s Oldest Distillery and a National Treasure

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Smooth and classy, serve on its own, over a chunk of ice, with a mixer or as a component of a classic cocktail.


Astride the River Bush on the beautiful Causeway Coast, County Antrim, and secreted away within the village of Bushmills, discover an Irish national treasure, the Old Bushmills Distillery where master distillers have been hand crafting triple-distilled Irish whiskey for over 400 years.

Steeped in history, the Bushmills story began in 1608 when King James I granted Sir Thomas Phillips, the Governor of County Antrim, a license to distil. But it was not until 1784 when Hugh Anderson registered the Old Bushmills Distillery that the brand, including its iconic Pot Still trademark, was truly born.

There are just six core whiskeys in the award-winning portfolio: Bushmills Original, Black Bush, Red Bush, 10 Year Single Malt, 16 Year Single Malt and the rare and highly prized 21 Year Single Malt, all crafted using Irish barley and water drawn from Saint Columb’s Rill, a tributary of the Bush River. The result is a high-quality spirit that is enjoyed on its own or with a mixer by its disciples and much-loved by bartenders who value the richness it adds to their exciting concoctions.


Cocktails

Savour the rich and smooth flavour of Bushmills on its own, over a chunk of ice or alternatively as a component of a delicious cocktail. Here are a couple you can easily and quickly make at home.


Bushmills Collins 

Bushmills Original speaks for itself in this twist on the legendary Collins cocktail.

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 parts Bushmills Original Irish Whiskey
  • 25ml simple syrup
  • 1 part club soda
  • 1 part lemon juice
  • Lemon peel

METHOD

  1. In a Collins glass, pour Bushmills Original over ice.
  2. Add the simple syrup, club soda and lemon juice.
  3. Stir and garnish a twist of lemon peel.

Bushmills and Ginger

Simple yet stunning, another Bushmills take on a classic concoction.

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 part Bushmills Irish Whiskey
  • 3 parts good quality ginger ale
  • Fresh lime

METHOD

  • In a Collins glass filled with ice, add the whiskey and top with ginger ale and stir gently.
  • Garnish with a wedge of lime and serve.

TASTING NOTES

10 year old Single Malt

Matured mostly in bourbon-seasoned barrels, the Bushmills 10 year single malt has a light fruity aroma leading to a lingering expression of melted chocolate and honey. With an exceptionally smooth and clean finish it remains approachable and is best enjoyed neat or over ice.

Black Bush

The deep bronze Black Bush is a blend malt whiskey matured in former Oloroso sherry casks and sweet, batch-distilled grain whiskey. With a distinctive, full bodied aroma of spicy, malty and nutty sweet sherry, it floats across the tongue where a lingering‚ smooth and sweet finish awaits. Best enjoyed neat or over ice.

Bushmills Original

Bushmills Original, also known as White Bush, is a blend of triple-distilled malt whiskey and a lighter grain whiskey. In the mouth it is warm with just a touch of honey sweetness and a finish that is crisp and fresh, with a touch of spice. An approachable and versatile spirit it can be enjoyed neat, over ice or with your favourite mixer.


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