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Reputedly the oldest licensed distillery in the world, Bushmills was first granted a charter by King James I in 1608, though historical records refer to a distillery here as early as 1276. Bushmills produces the most famous of Irish whiskeys—its namesake—and what is widely regarded as the best, the rarer black-label version known to aficionados as Black Bush. On the guided tour you will discover the secrets of the special water from St. Columb's Rill, the story behind malted Irish barley, and learn about triple distillation in copper stills and aging (which happens for long years in oak casks). You begin in the mashing and fermentation room, proceed to the maturing and bottling warehouse, and conclude, yes, with the much anticipated, complimentary shot of uisce beatha, the "water of life." In 2013 the distillery launched Bushmills Irish Honey with an alcohol content of 35%—it's already proving a hit and connoisseurs regard it good value at £23 a bottle. You can also have a light lunch in the Distillery Kitchen or buy souvenirs in the distillery gift shop.

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  • Address: 2 Distillery Rd., off A2 Bushmills, Co. Antrim BT57 8XH | Map It
  • Phone: 028/2073–3218
  • Cost: £7; children under 8 not permitted on tour
  • Hours: Tours Apr.–Oct., Mon.–Sat. 9:15–5, Sun. noon–5; Nov.–Mar., weekdays 9:30–4:30, weekends noon–3:30
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  • Location: Bushmills
Updated: 04-10-2013

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