An “Old Bushmills Distillery” London ad published on the 14th of December, 1889.
The world’s oldest licensed whiskey comes straight from Ireland. In 1608, King James I gave Sir Thomas Phillips permission to start distilling. Since then, the brewery burned down once, got some serious literary cred when it was mentioned by James Joyce in Ulysses, and was used as lodging for soldiers during World War II. In 2008, the Irish government celebrated the distillery’s 400-year anniversary with commemorative bank notes.