Wednesday, November 10, 2021


The County Antrim based Bushmills Distillery, has announced the appointment of Alex Thomas as its new Master Blender.

Building on the legacy of generations of Bushmills’ whiskey makers, Alex will take responsibility for selection and management of the casks for Bushmills Irish whiskey portfolio and new product development.

New Bushmills Master Blender: Alex Thomas

Alex joined the Bushmills team in 2004 and since then she 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, where she was appointed as Master Blender in 2017.

Commenting on the news, Alex said: “It is a privilege to be appointed as Master Blender for Bushmills Irish whiskey. 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.”

She went onto say: “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.”

Alex succeeds Helen Mulholland, who began her long career at The Old Bushmills Distillery almost 30 years ago.

Posted by Steve Rush