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BE THE SONG

now here’s a real taste of home. County down’s own has done good. The blend of his guitar and a melody are as smooth as a Bushmills.”

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AWAY: MEGAFAUN - The Longest Day

At the end of the longest day what better than a glass of Bushmills? A tune hand crafted by old friends and bandmates of Justin Vernon and one I'll be happy to listen to long into the night.”

BUSHMILLS IRISH WHISKEY BUSHMILLS IRISH WHISKEY
ROYAL APPROVAL. WATER OF LIFE 1608

1608 – Since way back
On 20th April, King James I
granted Sir Thomas Phillips - landowner and Governor of Co.
Antrim Ireland – a license to distil.

1784

The Old Bushmills Distillery is official
Hugh Anderson registered the Old Bushmills Distillery and the Pot Still became its registered trade mark. It’s still our mark of genuine distinction today.

POT STILL BECOMES TRADE MARK
TAX ON 100% BARLEY
1850s BUSHMILLS

1850s – Sticking to our grains
A malt tax introduced -
drastically increasing the price
of the malted barley. While some
distillers changed their recipe,
at Bushmills we didn’t.

ILLUSTRATION OF FIRE
1885

Out of the ashes…
A disastrous fire destroyed The Old Bushmills Distillery. But we pulled together and were soon rebuilt and back in full production.

1880-early 1900s

The golden years
Old Bushmills’ ‘celebrated malt whisky’ wins numerous prizes in international spirits competitions, including the ‘only gold medal for whiskey’ at the Paris 1889 Expo.

BUSHMILLS IRISH WHISKEY BOTTLE WITH ROSETTE
ULYSEES - THE BUSHMILLS WHISKEY TALKING OF COURSE 1918-20

A new chapter
Bushmills Whiskey made an impression on some of the most prolific authors of the time. It gets a mention in Ulysses and, not surprisingly, in On Booze.

NEWSPAPER 1933

Prohibition ends
Bushmills is a whiskey you can believe in – and no one believed harder than Belfast merchant Samuel Wilson. Fully 10 YEARS before prohibition ended he bought the Bushmills Distillery knowing one day he’d make his fortune - and a lot of Americans very happy!

WAR PLANES 1939-45

Doing our bit
World War II halted production as Allied troops were billeted at the distillery. Meanwhile in Belfast, a bomb hit our head office destroying all our archives.

CLOSED DUE TO WAR
BUSHMILLS IRISH WHISKEY BOTTLES 1950s-60s

Boom time
Production resumed after the war and Bushmills became increasingly popular. Exports rocketed - particularly to the US.

BUSHMILLS IRISH WHISKEY SHOT GLASS 1982

Star quality
The golden hues of Bushmills grace the silver screen in the classic movie The Verdict.

CANDLES CELEBRATING 400 YEARS 2008

Celebrating 400 years
The Bushmills area celebrated 400 years of distilling. To mark this, the Bank of Ireland put the Old Bushmills Distillery on its new banknotes. Who says money can't buy you happiness?

MEDAL 2010

A rewarding time
In a truly incredible year for the brand, Bushmills swept the board at spirits competitions across the world - now that's worth raising a glass to!

GLOBE 2011

Making friends
Bushmills was joined by some famous friends from the film, music, design and photography worlds who became our ambassadors to spread the word that great whiskey and great friendships belong together. Bon Iver, Elijah Wood and Chromeo are just a few of the names happy to join in.

GUITAR 2012 & 2013

Music to our ears
The world’s only music festival in an Irish Whiskey distillery was held at the Old Bushmills Distillery - Bushmills Live. This ‘money-can’t-buy’ event celebrates the craft behind fine whiskey and great music. Find out more on our Facebook page.

BUSHMILLS IRISH WHISKEY BOTTLE. THANK YOU FOR THE GOOD TIMES
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