King James I grants Sir Thomas Phillips a royal licence to distill
‘uisce beatha’, the Gaelic for 'water of life', or whiskey as we know it
today, in 'the territory of the Rowte' in Co. Antrim. This is the first
official recorded evidence of whiskey-making in the area that was to
become Bushmills. A unique whiskey-making tradition lives on at
Ireland's oldest working distillery.