The classic Irish blend, Bushmills Original is made up of grain whiskey matured for five years before blending with malt whiskeys. Triple distilled and very supple. Bushmills, the venerable Irish whiskey maker, is the second-largest and the oldest Irish whiskey producer. Founded in 1608, they lay claim to being the oldest whiskey distillery in the world. Throughout their 400 year history, the Old Bushmills Distillery has continued to use only 100 percent malted barley, triple distilled in copper pot stills. Located in Northern Ireland, it has always played second fiddle to Jameson in terms of volume, though the United States has been a significant market for some time.
Bushmillsâ whiskey, up until the 1980s, had largely been sold as blends, with Bushmills Original being the most common. More recently, the distillery relaunched its much-lauded 16 and 21-year single malt expressions. Following the ascent of bourbon in the global whiskey market, Bushmills has released blends focused on appealing to bourbon consumers with the release of both the Red Bush and Black Bush, both more weighty and barrel driven than the Original.