In terms of the oldest Whisky still being manufactured, the whisky produced by the Old Bushmills Distillery in Bushmills, County Antrim in Ireland, is the oldest. The distillery dates back to 1608 when a licence to distil in the area was granted to Sir Thomas Phillipps by King James I.

It wasn’t until 1784 that The Bushmills Old Distillery Company was first registered by Hugh Anderson. The company suffered from a number of closures during its early years. In 1860 the company was bought by Belfast spirit merchants Jame McColgan and Patrick Corrigan, by 1880 they had formed a limited company.