Bushmills Distillery

Situated near to the Giant’s Causeway in County Antrim, Bushmills is one of Ireland’s most historic and interesting distilleries. Although the area was granted a license to distil in 1608 the distillery itself can trace its origins back to around 1784 when a small and rather insignificant enterprise was set up. This was a haphazard venture with many years of closure and changes of ownership.

It was not until 1835 when James McKibben took over that the distillery was able to move on and become well known across Ireland. McKibben’s timing was good and business thrived up until disaster struck in 1885. That is when the common but not inevitable threat of fire struck the premises leaving all but the grain store and bare wall of the other buildings left.

Bankruptcy brought in another change of ownership and James Steen Boyd and Charles C. Connor emerged as the major shareholders and directors. Again it was a fortunate time for a change. The vine louse phylloxera vastatrix was decimating European vineyards and as a consequence French brandy was almost impossible to come across. Whiskey was set to take the world by storm and Boyd invested ambitiously in a steam boat to carry Bushmills to far flung destinations. It was a bold idea but ended in costly failure for he hadn’t made an accurate cost assessment. He rather foolishly sent it on a round-the-world maiden voyage when the time would have been better spent ferrying whiskey across the Atlantic to thirsty Americans.

This brief but prosperous period was followed by a slump brought on first by what became known as the Patisson crash in Scotland. Patissons were a large firm who had foolishly been buying their own stocks using credit. The company had been highly valued on the stock exchange and when they went bust the market and confidence in whiskey collapsed. Bushmills struggled on content in the knowledge that its reputation for fine malt whiskey would carry it through. Then another hammer blow came. The First World War brought shortages in commodities and a less tolerant attitude to alcohol.

The distillery had managed to struggle on but in 1920 amid accusations of tax evasion the company was liquidated. By 1923 the distillery was up for sale again, but this time Ireland was a very different place. Enter another Boyd, this time Samuel Wilson Boyd. This time the distillery was under a different kind of ownership. Boyd had a salesman’s flair and also the ability to spin a good yarn. Unlike most other Irish distillers he was able to route his whiskey into the speakeasies of Prohibition era America effectively sealing the company’s reputation in the States for decades to come.

Following his death in 1929 Samuel Wilson Boyd’s sons Wilson and Austin took over at Bushmills. It turned out that since 1923 the distillery had been effectively left to rot with only sporadic production leaving severely dwindling stocks. In fact their father had been a great salesman but utterly useless as a distillery manager leaving only a handful of casks dating back to 1914. It is round about this time that a curious event happened.

The distillery manager, a Scot named Morrison decided that the current double distilled spirit was unusable and set up the means to practise triple distillation. Misfortune at other Irish distilleries meant that the Boyds were also able to buy up excess stock and plant machinery to get their own company back on track. They were soon back in business and were making triple distilled whiskey for the growing post-prohibition market in the US.

Bushmills was quietly able to continue making whiskey in its sleepy uninterrupted style up until 1972 when it was acquired by Seagrams and eventually merged with Irish Distillers in 1978. Now in the hands of a multi-national there was the opportunity for investment and expansion. The distillery grew and capacity increased. Ownership of IDL changed over the years. Then, in 2005 Bushmills was ‘offered’ to Diageo as a pawn one of the industry’s mega sales of brands and lesser companies. Diageo spent over €100 million on the distillery, ramping up production in anticipation increased sales.

Then in November 2014, it was announced that Bushmills was being bought to Mexican liquor company Jose Cuervo for $408 million. During Diageos time, the company had concentrated on their core range, but there's now great hopes that Jose Cuervo will be a little more flexible and we'll see some new Bushmills whiskeys on the market soon. 


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Bushmills Distillery

Bushmills 10 Year Old Single Malt


This has been the standard single malt release from Bushmills for many years and is drawn from tripl..

€48.50 Ex Tax: €39.43

Bushmills 14 Year Old New In

Bushmills 14 Year Old


We are delighted to present this innovative new Single Malt from Bushmills Distillery. This permanen..

€70.00 Ex Tax: €56.91

Bushmills 16 Year Old Single Malt


The 16 year old Bushmills builds on the soft, smoothness of the 10 year old and adds some very nice ..

€115.00 Ex Tax: €93.50

Bushmills 2002 Vermouth - Causeway Collection New In

Bushmills 2002 Vermouth - Causeway Collection


Introducing the world’s first-ever vermouth cask-finished Irish single malt whiskey release an..

€260.00 Ex Tax: €211.38

Bushmills 21 Year Old Single Malt


The 21-year-old Bushmills is the oldest whiskey in the standard distillery range. It is a remarkably..

€210.00 Ex Tax: €170.73

Bushmills 25 Year Old Single Malt New In

Bushmills 25 Year Old Single Malt


An exceptional small batch whiskey, robust in character.  After initial maturation in bourb..

€880.00 Ex Tax: €715.45

Bushmills 30 Year Old Single Malt New In

Bushmills 30 Year Old Single Malt


The pinnacle of what ageing in oak can bring to an Irish single malt whiskey.  Bushmills 3..

€2,050.00 Ex Tax: €1,666.67

Bushmills 31 Year Old Whiskey New In

Bushmills 31 Year Old Whiskey


After maturing in bourbon and sherry casks, Bushmills Rare Casks No. 4 31 Year Old Single Malt Irish..

€2,380.00 Ex Tax: €1,934.96

Bushmills American Oak Cask Finish


Inspired by a partnership spanning decades between two of the world’s great whiskey-makin..

€35.00 Ex Tax: €28.46

Bushmills Black Bush

70 cl

Black Bush is classed as the 'deluxe' blend from Bushmills and it has a lot of loyal fans ac..

€36.50 Ex Tax: €29.67

Bushmills Caribbean Rum Cask Finish


A very welcome new addition to the core range of Bushmills. This expression has used high quali..

€35.00 Ex Tax: €28.46

Bushmills Causeway Collection 2008 Jupille Cask New In

Bushmills Causeway Collection 2008 Jupille Cask


A previously exclusive release in the Causeway Collection that is now available. This 2008 Jupille C..

€168.00 Ex Tax: €136.59

Bushmills Causeway Collection Cognac Cask 2010 New In

Bushmills Causeway Collection Cognac Cask 2010


The 2010 Cognac Cask is a limited edition rare cask finished, cask strength (53.8% ABV) and non chil..

€125.00 Ex Tax: €101.63

Bushmills Causeway Collection New American Oak 1999 New In

Bushmills Causeway Collection New American Oak 1999


The 1999 American Oak Cask is a limited edition rare cask strength (50.1% ABV) and a delicious non c..

€450.00 Ex Tax: €365.85

Bushmills Causeway Collection Sauternes 2011


The 2011 Sauternes Cask is a limited edition rare cask finished, cask strength, and non chill-filter..

€115.00 Ex Tax: €93.50

Bushmills Original


Bushmills Original is also known as 'White Bush' and is the flagship blend from Bushmills di..

€32.00 Ex Tax: €26.02