Ireland’s oldest surviving distillery is Bushmills in County Antrim in Northern Ireland. There has been a whiskey still on site since the beginning of the sixteenth century, although Bushmills itself began production in the 1780s. Bushmills is traditional pot-still single malt distiller, which produces six different brands, two malts and four blends: Black Bush, Bushmills 1608, Coleraine and Original Bushmills. Malt whiskey that becomes Black Bush is aged in selected sherry-seasoned oak casks before being blended with a small portion of a special single grain whiskey to enhance the independent, non-conformist character of the malt. The malt used in our mash derives its clean taste from the deliberate absence of peat used in the malted barley drying process. The combination is then returned to the cask for “marrying.” As the whiskeys mellow together, the uniquely rounded bouquet, rich amber hue and distinctive taste of Black Bush is born.
When mature, this grain whiskey is blended with a single malt whiskey to balance the flavor. Lighter, less smoky and more balanced than scotch, Bushmills is triple distilled for exceptional smoothness. Bushmills is a delicate, light-bodied smooth whiskey with a malty, fragrant/floral aroma and a background toasted wood character. It is complex, spicy, slightly dry.