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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Production resumed after the war and Bushmills became increasingly popular. Exports rocketed - particularly to the US.
The golden hues of Bushmills grace the silver screen in the classic movie The Verdict.
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?
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!
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.
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.