December 17, 2007
Old Bushmills Distillery is located in Bushmills, Co. Antrim in Northern Ireland. It’s off the beautiful Antrim coast. One of the famous Irish Whiskey, Old Bushmills Whiskey’s history goes back to early 12th century, according to its website. It says that even when the malted barley was taxed, they stuck with 100% malted barley to produce Old Bushmills whiskey.
The tour is open only for the guided tour, which lasted about 1 hour including the whiskey tasting. The tour costs about GBP5. Our tour started with a video, then a guide took us to the distillery giving us the information of different stages of the whiskey making. During the tour, a guide asks for some volunteers for the tasting at the end of the tour. I highly recommend that you go for it. I did!
The factory itself was a bit smaller than I expected… compared to Guinness storehouse and Old Jameson’s Distillery in Dublin. But it was a fun experience. At the end of the tour, everyone gets a glass of Bushmills whiskey. If you are one of the volunteers, you’d be seated at the table with several cups of whiskeys. They gave us different bushmills whiskeys, Jamesons, Scotch, and even a cup of bourbon! While I was tasting these whiskeys, I realized that I prefered Jameson over Bushmills, and I really liked Kentucky bourbon.
The tasting room is next to, what else, a gift shop, where you can purchase different Bushmills whiskeys. Some of them can only be purchased here, so don’t miss it!
Bushmills Distillery and its tour have different business hours for summer time and winter time. It also closes for different holidays. Check their website when you plan the visit.
Bushmills Distillery: http://www.bushmills.com