Irish artists collaborate on new project for Bushmills

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Stephen James Smith, a DUBLIN-born spoken word artist, collaborated with Irish musician Kormac on a specially commissioned project for Bushmills Irish Whiskey.

The poet and playwright wrote a play inspired by the Bushmills Distillery and the North Antrim coast.

The poem, set to music by famous Irish DJ-turned-composer Kormac, was turned into a video with photographs by photographer Ruth Medjber, best known for her work photographing some of the world’s greatest rock bands.

The project was commissioned as part of the latest release of Bushmills Causeway Collection, a selection of ultra-rare single malt whiskeys.

It comes as the latest round of business accounts published by Bushmills revealed that around £ 130million of whiskey is currently maturing in casks in the vast warehouses on the North Coast.

This year’s Causeway collection includes 12 new releases that will launch worldwide in eight markets, and includes two bottlings released exclusively for the island of Ireland, the “2011 Sauternes Cask” and a “1995 Marsala Cask” – aged in rare Marsala casks for an unprecedented 15 years.

Bushmills Master Distiller Colum Egan said: “All whiskeys used in the Causeway collection have been expertly crafted and cared for as part of a unique whiskey-making tradition handed down from generation to generation for over 400 years here. at the Old Bushmills Distillery.

Bushmills Master Distiller Colum Egan.

“The Causeway collection celebrates our extremely rare and unique barrel finishes, our passion for single malts and honors our rich heritage.

“It is a privilege to work with such a rare liquid, these special whiskeys finished in barrels are truly our greatest treasures,” he added.

“The Sauternes Cask 2011 and the Marsala Casks 1995 are sensational whiskeys that stand out for the best of Irish single malts, giants in their own right.

“We are delighted to bring these exclusive releases to our fans across the island of Ireland.”


Bushmills coopers, Alistair and Chris Kane, photographed by Ruth Medjber.

Bushmills by Stephen James Smith

Someday you should walk the causeway road along Runkerry Beach and follow the River Bush past the railroad tracks adorned with blackberries, buttercups and dandelions that lead to the village of Bushmills.

People who know better than I say that about 50 million years ago, a volcanic fissure eruption formed about 40,000 nested basalt columns. However, I like to think it’s just as easy to believe the old myth that Irish hunter Finn McCool built these hexagonal steps connecting with Scotland.

Time may pass, but a unique path leads us here. To a fertile valley where an underlying basalt geology makes the water hard, but it’s not hard to see how idyllic life can be here and why the waters flow with Atlantic salmon and trout Brown.

It’s time to put slander aside and immerse yourself in what connects us all. Are we not all dependent on the same old river? So if a place makes a people and people make traditions, it’s the intergenerational family values ​​distilled in the water of St Columb’s Rill that create this elixir.

Honoring heritage is more than barley malting, it’s more than old copper pots with their goosenecks, it’s having the resilience and confidence to have faith in what you do, scarcity must be expensive.

Here, it’s the hands of the 3rd and 4th Generation Coopers holding things together, risking the shard and hammer blow to pounce a barrel. With a twist, they include the swirls in the grain of a white oak. Among all the hoops of iron and mild steel, there is something more solid that binds these parents together in this workshop.

You know it’s only part of our story

The first glass toast from the Angel

You know, it’s the people and the new encounters that make us dare.

You know it’s by following the river that we can find the path of least resistance

It is by meeting halfway that we learn to shorten the greatest distance.

Someday this journey you promised to take will begin today.


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