Old Bushmills Distillery

The Old Bushmills Distillery is a whiskey distillery in Ireland. The company is now part of Diageo Group and is located in Bushmills, County Antrim, Northern Ireland.

Already in 1608 Sir Thomas Phillipps was awarded the license to burn in County Antrim whiskey. A distillery in Bushmills is first mentioned in 1743, but Old Bushmills was taken until 1784 in operation and is one of the oldest whiskey distilleries in the world. It is valid for a long time even as the oldest licensed distillery in the world. Meanwhile, however, has Locke 's Distillery, which until 1957 was of 1757 in operation, the whiskey production resumed, so that it can rise to the title claim.


In the 17th century, the whiskey burning in Ireland was taxed, later even banned. In this time many black distilleries. 1784, the distillery was legal. In 1900 the brand in the U.S. and other countries became known. After surviving Prohibition, the great demand in the U.S. could be met with profits. The Diageo Group bought 2005 Old Bushmills for £ 200 million.


Except Old Bushmills distillery produced long as no other Irish Single Malt Whiskey.

  • Bushmills Original - house brand, blend ( editing, mixing ) of Irish single malt whiskey and Irish Grain
  • Bushmills Black Bush - also a blend of single malt and grain whiskey
  • Bushmills Malt 10-10 year old Irish single malt whiskey, matured in bourbon barrels
  • Bushmills Malt 12 " Distillery Reserve" - specialty is sold only at the distillery
  • Bushmills Malt 16 - 16 Years matured in bourbon, sherry and port barrels
  • Bushmills Malt 21 - 19 years matured in bourbon and sherry casks, then 2 years in Madeira casks
  • Bushmills Irish Honey - A mixture of Irish single malt whiskey and Irish Honey

Limited fillings:

  • Bushmills Malt 1608 "Anniversary Edition" - special bottling to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the first official Lizenzgebung for burning whiskey in Ireland

The distillery also produces the following andersnamige whiskeys:

  • The Irishman - Single Malt
  • The Irishman 70 - Blend, produced with the Midleton distillery
  • Knappogue Castle - Single Malt
  • Clontarf - Blend together with Midleton