The Old Bushmills Distillery is a distillery in Bushmills, County Antrim, Northern Ireland. It is owned and operated by Diageo plc of London, United Kingdom, and is a popular tourist attraction, with around 110,000 visitors per year. According to the company, a distillery by this name was first recorded in 1743, although at the time it was "in the hands of smugglers".
Some of the whiskey bottled under the Bushmills whiskey brand is produced at the Bushmills Distillery. A licence to distill in the area was granted to Sir Thomas Phillipps in 1608 by King James I, and the 1608 date is printed on the labels of the Bushmills brand whiskey.
The Bushmills Distillery claims to be - and is almost unanimously considered to be - the oldest licenced distillery in the world.
Bushmills Reserve 16 Years
The casks selected for aging the whiskey are also esential, so they keep close ties with cask-makers in Spain, Portugal and America. Once shipped to the Bushmills distillery the casks are filled and left to mature, working their magic to give the whiskey it's enjoyably rich, mellow yet distinct flavour.
Matured in three different woods. Oloroso sherry and bourbon cask are used for the first 16 years, before finishing in port wine barrels.
This unusual maturation gives the 16 year old its ruby red colour and robust personality.
Toffeee and sweet spice are followed by praline, honey and toasted nut aromas and deep finish with jammed berries and dark chocolate.
Size: 70 CL
Alcohol Content: 40%Vol
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