Originally granted a licence to distill way back in 1608, it wasn’t until 1784 a whiskey distillery eventually started at the site.
A fire in the building (an occupational hazard in distilleries) prompted an 1885 rebuild which still stands today as part of the ever expanding complex of buildings in County Antrim, part of Northern Ireland.
Bushmills today produces a popular range of blends,
A selection of age statement single malts,
and under current owners, Mexican drinks giant Jose Cuervo, a travel retail exclusive range of cask finished single malts.
Bushmills distillate also forms the basis of many third party blends & brands.
At one time Bushmills was one of only 2 distilleries on the island of Ireland. Both of them owned by the Irish Distillers Group.
Thankfully those lean years have gone and Irish Whiskey is expanding.
Casks Away looks forward to taking you to the very North of Northern Ireland to visit this wonderful distillery, as well as the nearby Giant’s Causeway!
Get in touch to be part of the adventure.
All images courtesy Bushmills Distillery websites & social media.
It takes a long time to get a distillery off the ground. There are many pit falls & setbacks.
One distillery embarking on that journey is situated in the picturesque town of Boyle in County Roscommon.
Boyle, on the river of the same name, recently rose to fame on the back of the popular comedy series Moone Boy. Using local actors and with many scenes filmed in the town, there is now a tourist trail showing the film settings.
One of the main characters, Chris O’Dowd, happens to hail from Boyle himself and has backed the Stewart family who have gained planning permission (subject to conditions) to build a €10 million whiskey distillery in the listed building of a former mill.
Casks Away will certainly be following developments with this proposed distillery.
It will be a welcome addition to the attraction of Boyle itself, as well as growing the Irish Whiskey category as a whole.
Images courtesy of Shannonside.ie & Stewart’s Mill Distillery Boyle here.