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      05.02.2002 05:31
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      The "Old Bushmills" Distillery is the world's Oldest Licensed Whisky Distillery and has been legally producing Irish Malt Whisky since 1608 when Sir Thomas Phillips was empowered to issue licenses by King James I. Although as early as the 13th century, there is mention of Uisce Beatha - The Water Of Life in Gaelic. Daily guided tours illustrate how the golden liquid is produced , and after there's the opportunity to sample!!! If you're feeling a bit hungry call into 'The Distillery Kitchen' for a snack. The distillery is nestled in the small village of Bushmills which is about 10 miles from Ballycastle using the inland (less scenic) route or about a mile from the Giant's Causeway. Black Bush Special Irish Whiskey is a rich, dark, 80-proof blend from the world's oldest licensed distillery, "Old Bushmills" Distillery in County Antrim, Northern Ireland. It is comprised almost entirely of single malt whiskey, making it a choice selection of deluxe whisk(e)y aficionados. Malt whiskey that becomes Black Bush is aged up to 11 years in selected sherry-seasoned oak casks before being blended with a small portion of a special single grain whiskey to enhance the independent, non-conformist character of the malt. The malt used derives its clean taste from the deliberate absence of peat used in the malted barley drying process. All of the Irish whiskey distilleries kiln-dry their malt in a heat-fired, not peat-fired, oven. This drying process lets the clean, clear taste of the malt and barley shine through, creating the ultimate " Reflection of Perfection." The combination is then returned to the cask for "marrying." As the whiskeys mellow together, the uniquely rounded bouquet, rich amber hue and distinctive taste of Black Bush is born. It is this perfectly balanced taste that select whiskey and wine aficionados have grown to love. Triple distilled for exception
      al smoothness, Black Bush is 40% alcohol by volume. Taste: Black Bush has a distinctive, full-bodied aroma with spicy, malty and nutty sweet sherry notes. It is complex and well flavored, slightly sweet with clear malt notes that are not masked by smoke. It is a whiskey to be enjoyed straight or on the rocks. Personally I have to mix mine with lemonade. Enlightened Scotch Drinkers Know Why Bushmills Is Smoother... In the making of Scotch whisky, malted barley is dried over peat fires. The smoke from the peat penetrates the barley, giving scotch whiskies a distinctive smoky flavor. Irish malted barley is dried in closed ovens. The barley never comes in contact with smoke, so the true malted barley flavor shines through with no smokiness. Generally, Scotch whiskies are distilled only twice. Bushmills Irish Whiskeys, however, are triple distilled. Because each stage of distillation increases the purity and smoothness of the whiskey, Bushmills Irish Whiskey is particularly pure and smooth. In Scotland a whisky blender -- who may or may not be a distiller -- assembles 30 to 40 different malt whiskies from different distilleries and blends them together with one or two grain whiskies. Generally, Scotch malt whiskies have a more aggressive taste and grain whiskies have a lighter, more delicate taste. The blender achieves his own preferred flavor intensity through blending. At Bushmills the art of making whiskey lies not in the blending, but in the distilling and in the careful maturation which takes place in sherry and American oak casks and in port wine pipes. All component whiskeys are distilled and matured by the distillers at Bushmills under their own control -- not brought in from other distillers over they have no control. Taste them side by side and compare for yourself.You'll learn what enlightened scotch drinkers have known all along: Bushmills, Bushmills Malt 10 Years Old , B
      ushmills Malt 16 Years Old and Black Bush are smoother alternatives to Scotch whisky. NOTE: Whiskey Vs. Whisky In colonial times, the word whiskey was an import. Whiskey, with an "e" is how the generic word is spelled when unconnected to a brand name. Most American and Irish distillers also use this spelling. Scottish and Canadian products are spelled without the "e" as in whisky. Bushmills whiskies range from about £16 right up to £200 per bottle depending on where you buy it and the type you buy, a visit to the distillery is a must for anyone visiting the Causeway coast. I would recommend buying whiskey from the local shops and bars rather than from the distillery as the prices reflect the tourist rates. Here's to health and prosperity...To you and all your posterity...And them that doesn't drink with sincerity, That they be damned for all eternity! Cheers and thanks for reading.


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      The Old Bushmills Distillery is located in the village of Bushmills in County Antrim, on the far northern tip of Ireland; most other Irish Whiskeys are distilled in a modern distillery complex in Midleton, County Cork at the southern end of the island.

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