Found on County Antrim’s rugged coastline, the village of Bushmills is home to Ireland’s oldest whiskey distillery. Official records stretch back to 1608, when the are was granted its license to distil.
Over 400 years later whiskey is still being made in Bushmills, thanks to the experience and craft we’ve passed from generation to generation.
We couldn’t make our whiskey anywhere but here, Our water, drawn from the river Bush, flows over beds of basalt rock, the same rock that lends its unique character to another famous local attraction – the Giant’s Causeway.
The casks selected for aging our whiskeys are also essential, so we keep close ties with caskmakers in Spain, Portugal and America. Once shipped to the Bushmills distillery the casks are filled and left to mature, working their magic to give our whiskey its enjoyably rich, mellow yet distinct flavour.
Bushmills 21 years old single malt is the pride of our distilling heritage. It is matured for at least 19 years in oloroso sherry and bourbon casks, followed by a final two years’ of maturation in Madeira casks.
This unique combination of woods gives our 21 year old an enjoyable depth of flavour. Dried fruit flavours are interweaved with spicy malt and toasted raisins notes. It is full and sweet on the nose, with soft spice and orange peel. It has a smooth texture on the palate with an intense finish of liquorice and oak.