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Bushmills appoints Alex Thomas as new master blender


Alex Thomas, master blender, Bushmills Irish Whiskey.

Alex Thomas, master blender, Bushmills Irish Whiskey.

Alex Thomas, master blender, Bushmills Irish Whiskey.

Alex Thomas has been appointed as master blender at The Old Bushmills Distillery, the world’s oldest licensed whiskey distillery.

Building on the legacy of generations of Bushmills whiskey makers, Thomas will take responsibility for selection and management of the casks for its famous single malt, nurturing the Bushmills Irish Whiskey portfolio of premium blends and aged single malts, and new product development.

Born in Ballymoney, just 15 minutes from The Old Bushmills Distillery, she succeeds Helen Mulholland, who began her long career at The Old Bushmills Distillery almost 30 years ago.

Thomas joined the Bushmills team in 2004 and, since then, has spent over 17 years honing her craft; fascinated in particular by the maturation phase of the whiskey-making process.

This interest, and her initial experiences, led to experimentation with different taste profiles and ultimately her development of The Sexton Single Malt, which saw her appointed as master blender in 2017.

“It is a privilege to be appointed as master blender for Bushmills Irish Whiskey,” said Thomas. “The Old Bushmills Distillery is a very special place and I’m excited to explore my passion for developing new whiskeys and experimenting with different casks and flavours, while still maintaining the iconic Bushmills taste and quality.

“The craftmanship and passion that goes into Bushmills is something that has truly captured my imagination. Whiskey fans know Bushmills Irish Whiskey for the brand’s 400 years of quality and taste, so part of my job will be ensuring that we continue to meet that high standard.

“It is a really exciting time for Bushmills, and I look forward to seeing what the future brings both here at The Distillery and in the industry as a whole.

“I am very honoured to be a part of the amazing history and heritage and I look forward to using the wisdom and experience I have inherited from those who have gone before me.”

Colum Egan, Bushmills master distiller, said: “We are delighted to announce the appointment of Alex Thomas as master blender at The Old Bushmills Distillery.

“Over the years Alex has demonstrated exceptional skills in the art of blending and her passion and pursuit of excellence has truly made her one of the rising stars in Irish whiskey.

“I look forward to continuing to with work with Alex in her new role and I am excited for the future of Bushmills Irish Whiskey. Alex will do an amazing job as she possesses the knowledge, expertise, and dedication to make an amazing master blender.”