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Bushmills appoints new master blender

Alex Thomas, the newly appointed master blender at The Old Bushmills Distillery.

BUSHMILLS Irish Whiskey has announced the appointment of Alex Thomas as master blender at The Old Bushmills Distillery.

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.

Ms Thomas, who has worked for Bushmills since 2004, will take responsibility for selection and management of the casks for the distillery’s famous single malt, nurturing the Bushmills Irish Whiskey portfolio of premium blends and aged single malts, and new product development.

“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,” said the new master blender.

“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: “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.

“Alex will do an amazing job as she possesses the knowledge, expertise, and dedication to make an amazing master blender.”

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