This Northern Irish whisky is produced at the Old Bushmills Distillery in Bushmills, County Antrim.
Currently owned by Jose Cuervo, this whisky has been made with water drawn from Saint Columb’s Rill, a tributary of the River Bush since 1784. (The date on the bottle is simply the date when a local land owner was granted a licence to distil whisky in the area).
In 1890, a steamship owned by the distillery and known as the SS Bushmills made its first voyage across the Atlantic to deliver Bushmills to America, and then on to Singapore, Hong Kong and Shanghai.
In November 2014, the owner of Irish Distillers (who owned all of the Irish whisky companies), Diageo offered to trade Bushmills to Jose Cuervo for a 50% stake in Don Julio.
The company produces a number of whiskies, Bushmills Original Blended Whisky, Bushmills 10yo, 12yo, 16yo and 21yo & Sherry Cask.
The Single malts are aged in a combination of American bourbon barrels, Spanish Oloroso Sherry Butts and Madeira Drums.