The latest stop for a journey that's been over four centuries in the making.
It’s won a host of awards at the most highly-regarded international spirits competition, it’s a popular tourist destination that attracts over 150,000 visitors a year and it’s the oldest licensed establishment of its kind in the world. The Old Bushmills Distillery has more than a few stories to tell and from 1608 Antrim, Northern Ireland to 2019 Cairo, Egypt, the world’s oldest whiskey has arrived – and right in time for St. Patrick’s Day.
Engrained in the tradition of Irish whiskey, Bushmills’ repertoire has picked up all kinds of awards over the ears. In fact, Bushmills Original Blend has won 36 awards in the last 12 months alone and has been praised for its rich, smooth, warming taste. The Black Bush Finest Blended Whiskey, which is aged in Spanish Oloroso sherry casks, has also picked up some impressive accolades, most notably receiving double gold medals at the 2007 and 2010 San Francisco World Spirits Competition, while also scoring an impressive 93 rating from the Beverage Testing Institute in 2008 and 2011.
In addition to its classic blends, Busmills has also recently launched its limited edition Steamships Collection, inspired by the voyages of the SS Bushmills, which first set sail in 1890 for its maiden voyage to America - the first of what would become a host of journeys and discoveries commissioned by the Boyd Brothers, the owners of the Busmills Distillery at the time. It was an ambitious business venture that took Bushmills everywhere from Japan, to Singapore, even to Egypt's Suez Canal, but one that certainly paid off.
While Bushmills has been around of for what seems to be as long as people have drank whiskey, change in ownership of the years has largely kept it as the whiskey world’s best kept secret – a whiskey connoisseur ’s whiskey, if you will. Since 2015, however, it has come to the forefront as a premium whiskey brand.