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The "Old Bushmills" Distillery Company

When Diageo took over Bushmills distillery from Pernod Ricard in 2005, sales volumes had been flat for over 10 years. The new owners set a goal to reach 1 million cases by the end of 2012 and set about investing (to the tune of around €45 million) in the distillery itself as well as the brand. Diageo increased the production rate to five days a week and since 2008, they have implemented a seven-day week. This tripled production in just 2.5 years. Bushmills uses two kinds of malt, one unpeated and one slightly peated. The distillery uses triple distillation, something they've done since the 1930s. The core range of single malts consists of a 10 year old, a 16 year old with a finish in port pipes for 6-9 months and a 21 year old finished in Madeira casks for two years. There is also a 12 year old Distillery Reserve which is sold exclusively at the distillery. Black Bush and Bushmills Original are the two main blended whiskeys in the range. To celebrate the 400th anniversary, a Bushmills 1608 Anniversary Edition was launched. The malt whiskey part was distilled using a proportion of crystal malt (malted barley which has been dried at a high temperature whilst the grains are still moist, thus partly converting the grain’s starch into sugars and caramelising them). This special ingredient gives the blend distinct toffee/chocolatey notes. The grain whiskey used for Bushmills blended whiskeys is, in fact, bought from Midleton distillery in Cork which is owned by arch-rival Pernod Ricard.

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About The Old Bushmills Whisky Distillery Company

Distillery Number

028 20731521

Distillery Founded

1784

Distillery Address

2 Distillery Road, Bushmills, Co. Antrim BT57 8XH

Distillery Capacity

3 000 000 litres

Distillery Status

Active

Distillery Owner

Diageo

Distillery Website

www.bushmills.com

1885

Fire destroys part of the distillery.

1890

S.S. Bushmills, the distillery´s own steamship, makes its maiden voyage across the Atlantic to deliver whiskey to America and then heads on to Singapore, China and Japan.

1923

The distillery is acquired by Belfast wine and spirit merchant Samuel Wilson Boyd. Anticipating the end of US prohibition, he gears Bushmills up for expansion and increases production.

1939

45 – No distilling during the war. The distillery is partly converted to accommodate American servicemen.

1972

Bushmills joins Irish Distillers Group which was formed in 1966. Floor maltings ceases.

1987

Pernod Ricard acquires Irish Distillers.

1996

Bushmills 16 years old is launched.

2005

Bushmills is sold to Diageo at a price tag of €295.5 million as a result of Pernod Ricard’s acquisition of Allied Domecq.

2007

The 40 year old cast iron mash tun is replaced by a new stainless steel one at a cost of £1.4m.

2008

Celebration to mark the 400th anniversary of the original license to distil granted to the area in 1608.

Reproduced from the Malt Whisky Yearbook 2009 with the kind permission of Mr Ingvar Ronde

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Bushmills 10 Year Old
(70cl, 40%)
A superb 10 year old Irish single malt and winner of Best Irish Single Malt Whiskey at the 2007 World Whiskies Awards. Bushmills are always scored highly in Jim Murray's Whisky Bible, with the 10 year...  More info
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$44.26
A very special edition of the Bushmills 1608 blend, this commemorates the distillery’s 400 year anniversary. Jim Murray awarded the blend 94 points.  More info
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$94.89
Bushmills 21 Year Old
(70cl, 40%)
An exquisite Irish whiskey, matured in a mixture of Oloroso Sherry and Bourbon casks, before a two year marrying period spent in Madeira casks. Produced in limited numbers, each bottle is numbered.  More info
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$147.64
Bushmills Black Bush
(70cl, 40%)
Black Bush is a great blend from Bushmills, made up mostly of malt whiskey aged for 11 years in sherry casks before blending.  More info
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$35.64
Bushmills Irish Honey
(70cl, 35%)
The latest honey flavoured whisk(e)y liqueur is from Bushmills, made with Irish whiskey and Irish honey. Mmmm.  More info
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$31.77
Bushmills Original
(70cl, 40%)
The classic Irish blend, Bushmills Original is made up of grain whiskey matured for five years before blending with malt whiskeys. Triple distilled and very supple.  More info
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$31.98
A 1980s bottling of Bushmills 10 Year Old Single Malt Irish Whiskey - a classic expression. Irish whiskey fans, this is a very nice collectible piece for you! This is a 1 litre bottle.  More info
$193.33
Bushmills 16 Year Old
(70cl, 40%)
A 16 year old Irish single malt from Bushmills aged in three different cask types: bourbon, port and sherry. The result is a beautiful whiskey which was awarded Gold at the 2010 San Francisco World...  More info
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$85.32
A very old edition of the superb Irish whiskey blend, Black Bush. This was bottled a few decades ago, and is a rare collectable whiskey from Bushmills.  More info
A very special, rare edition of Bushmills, single cask, unfiltered and laid down into American white oak casks in 1975 before bottling at the turn of the millennium.  More info
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$322.14
Knappogue Castle 1995
(70cl, 40%)
Distilled at Bushmills in 1995, Knappogue Castle is a superb vintage Irish single malt whiskey bottled in 2008 as part of a series of excellent whiskeys under the Knappogue label. Great stuff.  More info
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$60.24

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