updated: The oldest whiskey distillery in the world…

I am waiting for my chicken kiev with garlic sauce to cook, and while doing so I have been lurking on Facebook. I saw a link about Kilbeggan Whiskey. I’d not heard of that one before: I was interested.

Opened back in 1757, the Old Kilbeggan Distillery is the oldest licensed whiskey distillery in the world. A lot happens in 250 years but one thing has stood the test of time – the quality of Kilbeggan Irish whiskey. – Kilbeggan home page

Now, I thought that that title was held by Old Bushmills Distillery. 1608.
On Facebook, Kilbeggan have posted the following:

Kilbeggan Irish Whiskey It is our policy not to comment on fact claims made by other brands. If you are interested in the history of Kilbeggan, you can read about it here: http://www.kilbegganwhiskey.com/heritage, if you wish to read about the history of Bushmills, you can read about it here: http://www.bushmills.com/history. What is certain is that Irish whiskey in general can officially claim the title of “world’s oldest whiskey”!


The Old Kilbeggan Distillery is the oldest continually licensed distillery in the world and has enjoyed the good times but also the tough times for Irish whiskey over its 250 years. The timeline highlights the rise, fall and resurrection of the Old Kilbeggan Distillery and Irish whiskey.
It appear that their position is weakening…

2 thoughts on “updated: The oldest whiskey distillery in the world…

  1. Yeah from my reading last night it appears that the Old Distillery at Bushmills as a site was younger than the Old Kilbeggan Distillery. But as to the reason for the move in the Bushmills area there are numerous reasons including expansion of the existing premises, or as smugglers were mentioned as holding the license at a time in the early 18th Century maybe a move into its current location.

    Still and malting houses have been known to move to bigger premises on or near the location where they were first set up (yeah I’ve done a few tours in Scotland) so location of issue of license I still think Bushmills comes out way in front.

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