Bushmills Black Bush Irish Whisky is normally known simply as Black Bush – it has a higher proportion of malt to barley than the standard white label Bushmills and is aged in sherry casks. Old Bushmills Distillery lays claim and is almost unanimously considered to bethe oldest licensed distillery in the world. Distillation was first licensed in the area in 1608 when King James I granted Sir Thomas Phillips, landowner and Governor of County Antrim Ireland, a license to distil. The distillery proper came into being in 1784 when Hugh Anderson registered the Old Bushmills Distillery and the Pot Still became its registered trade mark. Bushmills is a village on the north coast of County Antrim, Northern Ireland where the distillery is located and the whisky is made using water drawn from Saint Columb’s Rill which is a tributary of the River Bush. Bushmills Black Bush Irish Whisky contains a high proportion of triple-distilled single malt, aged in Oloroso sherry casks for around 8-10 years before marriage with the grain (barley) whiskey. In 2005 the distillery was bought, and is currently owned by, Diageo.