Happy St. Patricks Day, Thursday March 17th!
In 1608, King James I, granted Sir Thomas Phillips a royal license to distil ‘uisce beatha’, the Gaelic for ‘water of life’, or whiskey as we know it today, in ‘the territory of the Rowte’ in Co. Antrim. This is the first official recorded evidence of whiskey-making in the area that was to become Bushmills. In 1784 the Old Bushmills Distillery is officially registered as a company and the pot still becomes its trademark.
In 1759 Arthur Guinness signed a 9,000-year lease on an unused brewery at St. James’s Gate, Dublin. It cost him an initial ₤100 pounds, with an annual rent of ₤45 pounds. This included the crucial water rights. The brewery covered four acres and was equipped with a kieve, a mill, two malthouses, stabling for 12 horses and a loft to hold 200 tons of hay. Arthur started brewing porter and ale.
3 Pt. Shot
¼ oz Baileys
¼ oz Bushmills
½ pint Guinness
Bushmills Burning Bush, a hot toddy to warm your Irish side!
1.5 oz. Bushmills Original Irish Whiskey
3oz Hot Water
1 Wedge lemon wedge plucked with cloves
Place lemon wedge in toddy glass. Pour Bushmills Original and honey over lemon. Fill with hot water. Enjoy responsibly!