Old Bushmills Distillery


King James I granted Sir Thomas Phillips (landowner and Governor of County Antrim) a license to distil in April 1608.

Hugh Anderson registered the Old Bushmills Distillery in 1784 but it was destroyed by a fire in 1885. Fortunately it was soon rebuilt and back in full production.

In 1972 Bushmills was taken over by Irish Distillers and in June 1988 Irish Distillers was in turn taken over by Pernod Ricard who then sold it to Diageo in June 2005 for 200 million GBP.

The Old Bushmills Distillery claims to be (and almost certainly is) the oldest licensed distillery in the world.


Photo with thanks to Jonathen Schacter 2005




Bushmills, 10y, 40% ABV

Oloroso & Bourbon casks

Typical cost of this bottle; €€€€€


Glass: Classic Malt

Colour: Yellow gold

Nose: Ahhh different indeed, floral grappa-iness? Definitely fruity and floral spirit here.

Palate: Not quite as intense as the nose suggested but certainly fruity and floral.

Finish: Short

Overall Impression: Creamy, fruity and floral with an intense nose and more subdued palate.




Bushmills, 16y, 40% ABV

Oloroso & Bourbon casks, finished in Port pipes

Typical cost of this bottle; €€€€€


Glass: Classic Malt

Colour: Dark amber

Nose: Some initial woodiness then a burst of dark fruitiness, furniture polish and almond nuttiness. The creaminess expands with time to the point where it suggests figs alongside crθme Brulιe.

Palate: Very creamy mouth-feel with lots of fruitiness alongside figs. Maybe just slightly watery?

Finish: Long, creamy and gentle.

Overall Impression: Rich flavours but at the same time light and gentle. I love this whisky. Creamy sophistication.




Bushmills, 21y, 40% ABV

Oloroso & Bourbon casks, finished in Madeira casks

Typical cost of this bottle; €€€€€


Glass: Classic Malt

Colour: Liquid cork

Nose: Am I in a dairy? Definite milkiness here, but chocolate too. Milky cacao drink? Then a wine-iness which reminds me those small bottles of "cherry B" or "Pony" from my late teens. Strange, nice memory though.

Palate: Very creamy mouth-feel with plenty of exotic fruitiness. It's rather more-ish too. Definitely reminds me of something from my late teens, but what? I do like this.

Finish: Long with a certain Je ne sais quoi.

Overall Impression: Very alluring especially with those faded memories but this whisky really makes me feel happy. I love that "je ne sais quoi".







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