The Antrim Coast is one of the great scenic drives of the world. The A2 road meanders its way around the north eastern edge of the island of Ireland offering spectacular views and scary moments of exhilaration at the cliff top bends and dips. One cannot explore the Antrim Coast without calling to the world renowned Bushmills Distillery in the village of the same name located close to the famous Giant’s Causeway at the most northern part of Ireland.
The old Bushmills Distillery is truly a legend amongst distilleries the world over. Over the past four centuries, the art of distillation has largely remained the same up to today, ensuring that all whiskeys from the Old Bushmills Distillery retain their distinctive taste. Bushmills holds the oldest license for whiskey distillation in the world. On April 20th, 1608 King James 1st granted the Governor of Ireland’s Ulster province, Sir Thomas Phillips, a licence to distil in the Bushmills area and the rest, as they say, is history.
Today, Bushmills is the second biggest selling Irish whiskey in the world and the village remains a community of whiskey makers, artists in their own right, located in a village in the heart of Ireland’s corn country where the distiller’s craft has been preserved against all the odds in order to produce the original and best Irish whiskeys. There is a huge sense of community running through the workforce and the families associated with the distillery and distinct pride in handing down the skills acquired to the next generation.
It is the only Irish whiskey where all stages of production are still conducted under one roof, guaranteeing the consistently high quality demanded by consumers around the world. Bushmills produces a family of malt and blended whiskeys with a wide range of flavours, but all retain the same Bushmills qualities: they are sweet with a soft, pleasant mouth-coating texture – and they all balance depth with finesse to give an exhilarating experience.
Part of the distillery is a Visitor Centre, which takes you through the whole process of distilling from the corn fields to glass in hand. The art and history of distilling is explored and explained in excellent detail during the hour long tour. They even let you taste some samples! If you are in this beautiful part of Ireland, ensure you spare an hour to marvel at the wonders of the creation of one of the worlds outstanding brands of whiskey and the fascinating history associated with it.