24 June 2019

Bushmills Irish Whiskey goes foraging with Black Bush Stories

Bushmills Irish Whiskey continued their Black Bush Stories series last week, delving into the world of foraging for the third in the series of events aimed at revealing the stories behind some of the country’s most fascinating craftspeople.

Hosted by award-winning drinks writer Neil Ridley and Bushmills’ own Donal McLynn, the latest Black Bush Stories event was held at Fare Bar + Canteen in Old Street, with Marcis Dzelzainis of Sager + Wilde fame heading up the bar team.

Guests were treated to a Bushmills Irish Whiskey tasting, where we learned about the history and production techniques employed at the Old Bushmills Distillery, which has been making some of the world’s finest whiskey since way back in 1608.

Following the tasting we were taken on an urban foraging walk hosted by foraging expert and author John Rensten, who introduced us to the principles behind foraging as well as the multitude of uses for some of the capital’s most common botanicals – and how they may be used in a range of cocktails. From elderflowers to wild sorrel, dandelion to nettle, the sheer range of botanicals available in even the most built-up of urban environments is astounding.

Having learned all about whiskey and the practice of foraging it was time to enjoy the cocktails, with three totally unique serves developed specifically for the event using seasonal ingredients. These included:

An Elderberry and Birch Sap cooler
A Wild fennel whiskey sour
A Wild wood sorrel and green apple punch

Guests were invited behind the bar to take turns preparing each serve, giving them first-hand experience of how some of the ingredients they’d been in contact with could be developed further into a range of diverse drinks.

With foraged ingredients making an appearance on some of the world’s most envied menus, this was the perfect opportunity to apply this gentle art to Bushmills, exploring flavour combinations and preparation techniques, and stepping deeper into the world of Bushmills Irish Whiskey.

Keep an eye out for the next instalment of Black Bush Stories, coming in Autumn 2019.