In the small village of Bushmills, settled on the banks of the river you'll find the oldest working distillery in Ireland. A place where family and friends have worked for generations, in a small Northern Irish village that for over 400 years has kept to the philosophy that hand crafting small batches is the way to produce beautifully smooth tasting Irish whiskey.


*From distillery website 20 July 2017


IWSA Notes:

  • Founded in 1784 by Hugh Anderson. 

  • In 1885 it was destroyed by a fire, but soon rebuilt.

  • Survived the period of Prohibition. Wilson Boyd, Bushmills director at the time, predicted the end of ban and had large stores of Whiskey ready to export.

  • The 1608 is just the date of the license to distill. 

  • In 1972 the distillery was bought by Irish Distillers, then Pernod Ricard and finally Diageo in 2005. 

  • In 2015 Jose Cuervo acquired the distillery from Diageo. 

  • Capacity of 2 million liters per year. 

The Old Bushmills Distillery, 2 Distillery Rd
Bushmills, County Antrim BT57 8XH

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