1608 – James I grants a licence to the Old Bushmills distillery in Co. Antrim which is thought to date from at least 1276 – the oldest distillery in the world.

King James I grants Sir Thomas Phillips a royal licence to distil ‘uisce beatha’ (whiskey.) in ‘the territory of the Rowte’ in Co. Antrim. The literal translation of uisce beatha is ‘water of life’. This is the first official recorded evidence of whiskey-making in the area that would become home to Bushmills.

Bushmills holds the oldest license for whiskey distillation in the world. Bushmills is the second biggest selling Irish Whiskey in the world.



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