Irish Whiskey Brands

We have one of the most world famous Irish whiskey brands, Bushmills from Antrim in Northern Ireland.

The Old Bushmills Distillery is a distillery in Bushmills, County Antrim, Northern Ireland. It is owned and operated by Diageo plc, and is a popular tourist attraction, with around 120,000 visitors per year. 

The distillery is situated near the Causeway Coast Road in County Antrim which is a very famous and popular route for visitors on their trips to Ireland.

Irish Whiskey Brands:
Bushmills Irish Whiskey

Irish Whiskey Brands-Bushmills

All of the Irish whiskey brands 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 licensed distillery in the world.

Nowadays many people who drink the best whiskey drink less but maybe smarter as they want the best whiskey and are preapred to pay for that.

Bushmills Distillery now boasts a 12, 16 and 21 year old single malt made from Madeira casks. The change to producing more distinctive whiskey has been a natural evolution for the Northern Ireland Distillery. The change in lifestyles with nicer houses, nicer cars also applies to the famous Irish Whiskey brands

Irish whiskey is distilled three times as opposed to only twice for scotch, for a rounder mouthfeel and a smoother, friendlier finish.

Irish Whiskey Brands:
Current Bushmills Range

The full current Bushmills Range includes:

  • Bushmills Original – Irish whiskey blend sometimes called White Bush or Bushmills White Label. The grain whiskey is matured in American oak casks
  • Black Bush – Has a significantly greater proportion of malt to grain whiskey than the white label. Spanish Oloroso sherry-seasoned oak casks mature the malt.
  • Bushmills 10 year single malt – Matured in American bourbon barrels for at least 10 years.
  • Bushmills 12 year single malt – A special edition currently sold only at the Bushmills distillery, matured mostly in sherry casks.
  • Bushmills 16 year single malt – Matured for 16 years or more in a combination of American bourbon barrels, Spanish Oloroso sherry butts and Port pipes.
  • Bushmills 21 year single malt – A limited number of 21 year bottles are made each year, and are matured in three different types of casks: first in American bourbon barrels and then in Spanish Oloroso sherry casks. Together it will total 19 years in these casks, after which it may lie in Madeira drums for a further two years until bottling.
  • Bushmills 1608: A special 400th Anniversary whiskey. 

Irish Whiskey Brands:
Retired Bushmills Whiskey Range

  • Bushmills 25-year Millennium malt: An exclusive 25-year-old whiskey bottled in the new millennium. Only a limited number of casks were produced, many being reserved by celebrities and many exclusive hotels.
  • Bushmills Irish Cream Liqueur was an Irish Cream rather than a whiskey. Its production ceased in 2005 following Diageo's takeover of the distillery, as Diageo owns Bailey's Irish Cream.

Best Irish Whiskey?

Here are 4 quick reviews (our favourites!) of the best Irish whiskey with an approximate price: 

  • Bushmills 21 year old (single malt)

Price £80 

Bushmills Distillery, County Antrim

Bushmills 21 year old single malt is aged for 21 years in bourbon barrels and sherry casks, then vatted and married and sent to Madeira drums for the honeymoon. The result is a rich, smooth old malt, its nose slightly nutty with hints of dried fruit and butterscotch. The palate hints at honeyed cloves, hazelnuts and oak. Delicate, intriguing and sexy. 

  • Black Bush (blend)

Price £20

Bushmills Distillery, County Antrim

The original single malt whiskey from Ireland. Most whiskey that becomes Black Bush is aged up to 11 years in sherry casks, then blended with a small amount of delicate grain whiskey.Clean nose with whiffs of sherry. Strong malty taste with dark chocolate, oaky notes. Lingering notes of grain on the finish.

  • Green Spot Irish Whiskey (pure pot still)

Price £40

Midleton Distillery, County Cork

Green Spot Irish Whiskey is a whiskey drinker’s whiskey, since the turn of the 19th century. Only 500 bottles released per year. Made with 7- to 8-year-old pure pot still whiskey, 25% from sherry casks. Hard to find here but soon widely available in the U.S. Rich, complex and disarmingly sensuous. Slightly mentholated nose, burst of honey on the tongue, a pot still finish laced with coffee and cough drops.

  • Powers Irish Whiskey

Price £14

Midleton Distillery, County Cork

Triple-distilled in both copper pot stills and column stills, Powers is aged in bourbon casks for five to six years. This well-rounded, robust bourbon boasts a honey, pepper nose with tones of wood and grain. Its flavor is full-bodied balancing honey and an explosive mix of spices. Its long, sweet and sour finish is capped by spice. Perfect for Irish coffee.

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