Where is Old Bushmills Distillery located?
The Old Bushmills Distillery is a distillery in Bushmills, County Antrim, Northern Ireland, UK, that is currently owned by 'Casa Cuervo', of Mexico. Irish whiskey was one of the earliest distilled drinks in Europe, arising around the 12th century. It is believed that Irish monks brought the technique of distilling perfumes back to Ireland from their travels to the Mediterranean countries since 1000 AD.
The company that originally built the distillery was formed in 1784. After various periods of closure in its subsequent history, the distillery has been in continuous operation since it was rebuilt after a fire in 1885.
Bushmills suffered many lean years with numerous periods of closure. In 1860 two Belfast spirit merchants bought the distillery. Irish Distillers eventually took over, meaning that Irish Distillers controlled the production of all Irish whiskey at the time. In 2005, the distillery was bought by 'Diageo Liquor' for £200 million (260,987,000 USD).
In 2008, the Bank of Ireland issued a new series of sterling banknotes in Northern Ireland which all feature an illustration of the Old Bushmills Distillery. In 2014 it was announced that 'Diageo' had traded the Bushmills brand with Jose Cuervo' in exchange for the 50% of the Don Julio brand of tequila that 'Diageo' did not already own. The distillery is a popular tourist attraction, with around 120,000 visitors per year. It's about beautiful one hour drive, north of Belfast.