Old Bushmills Distillery is a distillery in Northern Ireland, known for its famous Bushmills whiskey. Located in the heart of the village of the same name, this distillery is the tourist attraction not to be missed in the area. You will discover there the secrets of the making of this whiskey so much appreciated by the amateurs!
All the locals will tell you with pride: the Bushmills Distillery is the oldest official distillery in the world. With an official licence obtained in April 1608, the establishment has never stopped making whiskey since. Today it is the last active distillery in Northern Ireland…
Before obtaining an official licence, the distillery would have produced its whiskey illegally as soon as the XIIth century. The history even tells that in 1276, Robert Savage, owner of the town made his troops drink the distilled beverage to give them strength and courage. The Book of Leinster written in 1490 would also mention a local alcohol served only in the town of Bushmills .
In 1885, the distillery is unfortunately devastated by a violent fire. The distillery is finally rebuild in a purely Scottish style, with malting kiln chimneys, and abandons its production of irish pot stills to devote itself to single malts.
The distillery is then successful: in 1923, the distillery is bought by Samuel Boyd, a North Irish merchant. In 1972, the distillery joined the Irish spirits group Irish Distillers, and became a subsidiary of Diageo.
The Old Bushmills Distillery is open to the public and offers a complete guided tour of its premises.
You will have the opportunity to discover the whiskey making process, through its vats and giant copper stills.
The explanations are playful and clear, illustrated with videos and illustrations. A tasting is then proposed by the guide, as well as a small tour of a shop, a small shop where you can, if you feel like it, leave with a bottle or two of whiskey… It offers among others 4 wash stills, and 5 spirit stills all produced on site.
Duration: 45 minutes