The home of Bushmills Whiskey is the village of Bushmills in unique North Antrim, Northern Ireland, and it is recognised as the gateway to the world famous Giants Causeway one of the wonders of the world.
Bushmills was formerly known as Portcaman, it developed with water powered industries of the 1600's to became one of the main centre's for corn, flax, spade and whiskey production.
Bushmills benefited greatly from the influx of visitors and was well placed to benefit from the growing fame of the Giants Causeway Bushmills has become known worldwide for the famous Old Bushmills Whiskey Distillery and is one of the most interesting distilleries to visit in an area with history, tradition and sights to astound.
The Victorian architecture of the Distillery dates from 1885 when it was rebuilt after a fire.
It is located on the on the banks of St. Columb's Rill and reputed to be the oldest licensed Distillery in the world - being given legal status in 1608 when King James 1st granted a license to local landowner Sir Thomas Phillips.
The company itself was founded in 1783 and in 1800's we find records of the S.S. Bushmills, a large sailing ship own by the company which transported whiskey across the Atlantic. During its existence the distillery has changed ownership many times, at one time it was owned by the Boyd family who were responsible for promoting the product worldwide, in 1972 it became part of the Irish Distillers Group who themselves were taken over by Pernod Ricard, the distillery is now owned by Diageo.
Bushmills produces many fine Whiskies the most well known being