Like all the best stories, the history of Irish whiskey blends equal parts inspiration and adversity, and ultimately ends in triumph. Historians believe whiskey has been distilled in Ireland since the 6th century, and the earliest written records trace its origins back to at least the 1400s — predating the earliest Scotland texts by almost a century.

Since that time, the category has endured a rollercoaster ride. Bottles from the Emerald Isle dominated global whiskey sales in the mid-19th century, making up 80 percent of the world’s supply. Within 100 years, just two distilleries remained in the country.

Make no mistake about it, Irish whiskey is now back and bigger than ever. But throughout the highs and the lows, there has always been one constant: Bushmills Irish Whiskey. With over 400 years of distilling experience at the world’s oldest licensed whiskey distillery, Bushmills has stood the test of time and lives to tell the incredible history of Irish whiskey.

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This article is sponsored by Bushmills Irish Whiskey.