South Africa in the running to ‘bring home’ the Bushmills distillery

Regular readers will know I’m a bit of a whiskey fan, with Bushmills being my tipple of choice. Now, it’s interesting to note that South Africa is one of eleven countries taking part in a global competition called “Make it 2 Bushmills‟. The competition is being launched on St Patrick’s Day, 17 March, by Colum Egan, Master Distiller (who we’ve interviewed here on Ideate before) at the Old Bushmills Distillery in Northern Ireland and will, for the first time, see the distillery being taken on tour.

Colum is offering two friends the chance to work alongside him for two weeks, to learn the skills of whiskey-making that have been alive and well in the Bushmills area for over 400 years, after which Colum will pack up the best bits of the Old Bushmills Distillery to go on tour. Destination? The winners’ home country. Eish, how cool is that? It’s about time we got some class whiskey people coming here – not just the regular old riff raff.

Speaking ahead of the launch of Make it 2 Bushmills on St Patrick’s Day, Colum said, “We’re going to bring two friends here, give them behind-the-scenes access to the distillery, £5,000 spending money, luxury penthouse accommodation and the chance to make their own unique blend of BUSHMILLS Irish Whiskey.”

“Then we’re going to take the distillery on tour, when we pack up some of the equipment, people and whiskey that make our distillery the home of the world’s Best Irish Whiskey, and bring them to the winner’s home country for the ultimate BUSHMILLS party, where the winners and their friends will be the guests of honour.”

“We’ll have live music from some of Ireland’s best up and coming musicians, we’ll unveil our winners’ unique blend and we’ll even toast the occasion with a few bottles of our special Distillery Reserve – a whiskey you can normally only get at the distillery itself.”
To stand a chance of winning this generous prize enter via the Bushmills South Africa Facebook page and the selected country finalist will be flown with a friend to the Bushmills Distillery in Northern Ireland for the final stage of the competition – Bushcamp.

Colum said: “At Bushcamp we’ll be looking for our winners – the two friends who best represent the BUSHMILLS spirit of friendship. The finalists will be challenged to try some of the things the team here love to do and will of course have their palettes put to the test with a series of whiskey challenges.”

The competition will be judged by a panel of famous BUSHMILLS fans, chaired by Colum himself. The full panel will be announced in the run up to Bushcamp.

Who would be the ideal candidates for Make It 2 Bushmills? “We’re looking for real friends, with a genuine love for life and wicked sense of humour”, said Colum, “and do you know what? I’m sure we’ll find them.”

To enter or find out more, visit facebook.com/bushmillssouthafrica. Entries close at 11.59pm GMT on Sunday 17 April 2011. Terms and conditions apply.