Bushmills 10yr whisky is considered a single-malt (made from 100% barley) and aged 10yrs in American bourbon oak casks and triple distilled. It is said to taste of vanilla, chocolate, and toasted wood.
Bushmills 10yr was named Best Irish Whisky in the 2009 San Francisco World Spirits Competition.
Bushmills whiskey is made at the Old Bushmills Distillery, the oldest operating distillery in Ireland. It marks its founding in 1608 when King James granted Sir Thomas Phillips the right to distill whiskey. It became registered in 1784. Today, it continues to produce only single malt (barley) whiskey and when it blends uses grain whiskey from other distilleries. They distill in a combination of 9, swan-neck stills that they believe produces a "lighter, smoother" style of whiskey. The brand and distillery were both acquired by international conglomerate Diageo in 2006 who later traded it to Jose Cuervo in March, 2015 in exchange for the Don Julio brand.