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The "Old Bushmills" Distillery Company

Bushmills is a small town on the north coast of County Antrim in Northern Ireland. It is best known for the Bushmills whiskey distillery, which has been producing Irish whiskey since 1608.

Bushmills whiskey is made from a blend of malted and unmalted barley, distilled three times in copper pot stills, and aged for a minimum of five years in oak casks. The final product is a smooth, rich whiskey with notes of vanilla, honey, and spice.

Bushmills is available in several different expressions, including a 12-year-old single malt, a 16-year-old single malt, and a 21-year-old single malt. The Bushmills distillery also produces a whiskey called Bushmills Black Bush, which is a blend of single malt and grain whiskey that has been aged for at least seven years.

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.

Old Bushmills (Italian Market) (40.5%) - 1980s

75cl, 40.5%

A rare and collectible bottle of Old Bushmills, only this bottle really is old! It was produced sometime back in the 1980s, we reckon, for the Italian market. This bottle was part of a private…  More info

Old Bushmills (Italian Market) (40.5%) - 1980s

Bushmills 11 Year Old 1984 (cask 11758) - Distiller's Reserve

70cl, 57%

A Bushmills single malt, drawn from a single barrel (#11758 if you were wondering). It was distilled back in December 1984, and whacked into a sherry cask until August 1996. It was bottled at 11…  More info

Bushmills 11 Year Old 1984 (cask 11758) - Distiller's Reserve

Bushmills Black Bush - Royal Ulster Constabulary 75th Anniversary

70cl, 40%

A collectible edition of Bushmills Black Bush, which was bottled in 1997 to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Royal Ulster Constabulary (try saying that five times fast). Don't worry, if you…  More info

Bushmills Black Bush - Royal Ulster Constabulary 75th Anniversary

Old Bushmills Special Old Liqueur - 1960s

75cl, 43%

This is a 1960s bottling of Old Bushmills Special Old Liqueur, a blend of sherried Irish malts. The expression was replaced by the now-popular Black Bush blend. This bottle was part of a private…  More info

Old Bushmills Special Old Liqueur - 1960s

Bushmills 5 Year Old - 1990s

70cl, 40%

A 1990s bottling from Bushmills in Northern Ireland, this now-discontinued five year old single malt was the youngest expression available from the distillery. This bottle was part of a private…  More info

Bushmills 5 Year Old - 1990s

Bushmills 1975 (Cask 310) - Millennium Malt

70cl, 43%

An old and collectible bottling of Bushmills from 1975! The Irish whiskey blend was left to mature in a single private cask, before it was bottled at 43% ABV for the Millennium series. The handsome…  More info

Bushmills 1975 (Cask 310) - Millennium Malt
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Bushmills 10 Year Old - 1980s

75cl, 40%

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 75cl bottle. This bottle…  More info

Bushmills 10 Year Old - 1980s

Bushmills 10 Year Old - 1970s

75cl, 40%

This bottle of Bushmills comes to you all the way from the 1970s! The Irish single malt saw an entire decade of maturation before bottling. Cool and collectible stuff from the famous Irish…  More info

Bushmills 10 Year Old - 1970s

Bushmills White Label - 1980s

75cl, 43%

An imported bottle of Bushmills White Label whiskey, with the blend produced sometime in the 1980s. Oh, and it's adorned with a white label, of course. This bottle was part of a private collection…  More info

Bushmills White Label - 1980s

Bushmills White Label (1L) - 1970s

100cl, 43%

A one litre bottling of Old Bushmills Irish whiskey from the 1970s, also known as White Bush. The liquid inside isn't white though - just the label. This bottle was part of a private collection -…  More info

Bushmills White Label (1L) - 1970s

Bushmills 9 Year Old - 1970s

75cl, 43%

A rare and collectible bottle of nine year old Bushmills Irish whiskey. Produced in the 1970s, this particular expression was more colloquially known as White Bush - presumably because of the white…  More info

Bushmills 9 Year Old - 1970s

Bushmills Original (35cl)

35cl, 40%

It's a half bottle of the classic Bushmills Original! The Irish blend sees grain whiskey matured for five years before it's blended with malt whiskeys, with oodles of buttery, citrus and spicy notes.  More info

Bushmills Original (35cl)

Bushmills Original (1.5L)

150cl, 40%

It's a magnum bottle of the classic Bushmills Original! The blend of grain and malt whiskey is triple distilled and perfect for a whole range of cocktails.  More info

Bushmills Original (1.5L)

Bushmills Black Bush Gift Pack with 2x Glass

70cl, 40%

A fun gift set from Bushmills, boasting a bottle of Back Bush blend, with a healthy proportion of Oloroso-aged malt in there alongside grain whiskey. The Irish blend comes alongside two branded…  More info

Bushmills Black Bush Gift Pack with 2x Glass

Bushmills Rum Cask Reserve - Steamship Collection

70cl, 40%

All aboard for the fourth expression from the Bushmills Steamship Collection, Rum Cask Reserve! The series was released originally for the Travel Retail market, inspired by the 125th anniversary of…  More info

Bushmills Rum Cask Reserve - Steamship Collection
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Bushmills Sherry Cask Reserve - Steamship Collection

100cl, 40%

The Bushmills Steamship Collection set sail in 2016 with the Sherry Cask Reserve - delicious triple distilled Irish single malt whiskey mature in first-fill oloroso sherry buttes. The Steamship…  More info

Bushmills Sherry Cask Reserve - Steamship Collection
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Bushmills Bourbon Cask Reserve - Steamship Collection

100cl, 40%

The third expression released in a series inspired by the SS Bushmills steamship, the vessel which set out on its maiden voyage to deliver bottles of Bushmills to America in 1890. Bourbon Cask…  More info

Bushmills Bourbon Cask Reserve - Steamship Collection
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Bushmills 1995 (bottled 2020) - The Causeway Collection

70cl, 53.3%

The folks from Bushmills have gone and bottled up some very well-aged Irish whiskey from The Causeway Collection! For this particular expression, the whiskey was distilled back in 1995, and initially…  More info

Bushmills 1995 (bottled 2020) - The Causeway Collection

Bushmills 10 Year Old - The Causeway Collection

70cl, 46%

10 year old Irish single malt from Bushmills' Causeway Collection – the previous release in this series was finished in Malaga wine casks, whereas this particular expression enjoyed a finishing…  More info

Bushmills 10 Year Old - The Causeway Collection

Bushmills Port Cask Reserve - Steamship Collection

70cl, 40%

Irish single malt whiskey from Bushmills, drawn from Port casks and bottles as part of their Steamship Collection (originally released for the Travel Retail Market). The name is inspired by the SS…  More info

Bushmills Port Cask Reserve - Steamship Collection

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