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Episode 91: Bushmills Irish Whisky
Episode 9118th February 2022 • Liquor and Liqueur Connoisseur • Matt Birchard
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Episode 91 features Bushmills The Original Irish Whisky. The entry level bottling from the first licensed whisky distillery in the world, bottled in 750ml at 40% ABV, or 80 proof and it retails for $30.

Enjoy this episode with some Bushmills neat.

Bushmills' official website:

Brief Historical Timeline:

  • 1276 - Written record of whisky production in northern Ireland
  • 1608 - Whisky distilling license is signed by King Phillip I
  • 1784 - The Old Bushmills Distillery Company is formed by Hugh Anderson
  • 1860 - Distillery is purchased by James McColgan and Patrick Corrigan
  • 1885 - Fire destroys the distillery, but it's rebuilt
  • 1890 - The SS Bushmills steamship embarks on a voyage to America
  • 1972 - Bushmills joins Irish Distillers Ltd.
  • 1988 - Pernod Ricard purchases Irish Distillers Ltd.
  • 2005 - Bushmills is sold to Diageo
  • 2008 - The Bank of Ireland commemorates the 400th anniversary of the distillery license by featuring the Old Bushmills distillery on the revers of the £20 note
  • 2014 - Bushmills is traded to Jose Cuervo for 50% of Don Julio
  • 2020 - Bushmills is the third most popular Irish Whisky by sales, selling just shy of 745,000 9-liter equivalent cases

Key Cocktails:

Bushmills is perfect on its own, but also can be mixed. Drink it like you would any whisky you enjoy.


YouTube Origin of Bushmills

YouTube on the Original Single Malt

YouTube Tasting of The Original

Wikipedia Article on the Old Bushmills Distillery

Wikipedia Article on Bushmills (the village)

Vinepair Article on Bushmills

Good Food Ireland Article on Bushmills

Whiskymag Article on a Visit to Bushmills

Irish Times Article with Sales Figures

Alcademics Bushmills Distillery Tour

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