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Bushmills Distillery is located in the village of Bushmills. It was founded in 1784 by Hugh Anderson. For a long time it continued under silent management. In 1885 it was destroyed by a fire, but soon rebuilt.
The SS Bushmills, a steamship owned by Bushmills, made it to America in 1890, delivering its Whiskey to the New World before Singapore, Hong Kong, Shanghai and Yokohama.
Bushmills survived the period of Prohibition. Wilson Boyd, Bushmills' director at the time, predicted the end of ban and had large stores of Whiskey ready to export, which was a great advantage.
In 1972 the distillery was bought by Irish Distillers, then Pernod Ricard and finally Diageo in 2005. In 2015Jose Cuervo acquired the distillery from Diageo. Bushmills distillery has a capacity of 2 million liters per year. Their malt is 100% malted barley, which is used in their single malt Whiskeys.
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The history of Bushmills Distillery, I always start off with 1608. We celebrated our 400th anniversary there back in 2008. But Whiskey-making in this part of the world goes way back even further. They're a backbone of what we produce here as the malt or malt spread and we would juice the casks in to give different flavors. I usually would do a tour and tasting for people who come to the distillery. But we sometimes go down to the Giant's Causeway and we give a toast to Finn McCool, the gentle giant.
The Bushmills Distillery tour, you get to see a work in distillery. You get to meet a lot of great people. And what you do is you're able to enjoy a nice Whiskey at the end of the tour. And we have our Bushmills and our Black Bush. We have the BDR, the Bushmills Distillery Reserve,12-year-old that you can only buy here when you visit the distillery. You can get that personalized note.
They're all really good Whiskeys. You wouldn't ask a father which one has a children, it would be fair as... Well, there's a nice range [inaudible 00:01:05] for different occasions. I would always explain it as one big family. It's like working in a family business. Everybody knows each other. Everything is done under the one roof. So we're quite unique in the sense that it's green to glass and then your visitors, over 100,000 each year coming to visit. And the great thing about it is that it's a work in distillery so you get all those nice smells and aromas and it's a real place, real heritage, and real history.