SOUTH AFRICAN FRIENDS ‘TAKE HOME’ GLOBAL WHISKEY PRIZE – Irish Whiskey News

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SOUTH AFRICAN FRIENDS ‘TAKE HOME’ GLOBAL WHISKEY PRIZE

A Marketing Consultant and an Orthotist from South Africa won a global competition last night (17th August 2011) hosted by BUSHMILLS™ Irish Whiskey that will see the world-famous Old Bushmills Distillery ‘go on tour’ to a city in the Rainbow Nation.

Jonathan ‘Oros’ Oliff, 28, from Durban and Sean Tickner, 30, from Cape Town were together chosen as the winners of ‘Make it 2 Bushmills’, winning two weeks working at the world-famous Old Bushmills Distillery, where they will make their own unique blend of BUSHMILLS Irish Whiskey, live in luxury penthouse accommodation and get £5,000 spending money.

After their experience, Jonathan and Sean will ‘take home the distillery’, with the ultimate BUSHMILLS party that will be held in a South African city this year.

The pair, who are married to identical twin sisters, met while body boarding at North Beach in Durban fifteen years ago and have been friends ever since.

Jonathan said: “It’s amazing to be named the winners of Make it 2 Bushmills! We came to the global final here in Bushmills to do our country proud – we can’t wait to take the distillery home to South Africa.”

BUSHMILLS Irish Whiskey is hand-crafted in small batches for an exceptionally smooth taste at the Old Bushmills Distillery – Ireland’s oldest working distillery in County Antrim, Northern Ireland.

The BUSHMILLS Master Distiller, Colum Egan launched Make it 2 Bushmills in March 2011 to offer two friends to share an experience of a lifetime at the distillery and then take it ‘on tour’.

Jonathan and Sean defeated thousands of others to be crowned winners by entering on the BUSHMILLS Facebook page and then campaigning for public votes to allow them to represent their country at the global final, Bushcamp, held in Bushmills village this week.

In the past few days, they have competed in a series of challenges including barrel-rolling, beach-golfing and whiskey-tasting to impress the panel of judges with their strong friendship, teamwork and creativity.

BUSHMILLS Master Distiller Colum Egan said: “Jonathan and Sean have shown throughout Make it 2 Bushmills that they are great friends, with a genuine love for life and a fantastic sense of humour.

We can’t wait to welcome them into the distillery family and then work to take the distillery ‘on tour’ to South Africa…it’s going to be some party.”

Bushcamp was judged by Colum and some famous fans of BUSHMILLS, including Kevin Baird of Two Door Cinema Club, Jonathan Galkin of DFA Records and Rob Allanson of Whisky Magazine.

Fans of BUSHMILLS can follow Jonathan and Sean’s experience as they Make it 2 Bushmills and ‘take home the distillery’ on the BUSHMILLS Facebook page, facebook.com/bushmills1608 or by following @BushmillsGlobal on Twitter.

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Colum Egan Biography

Colum Egan is Master Distiller at the Old Bushmills Distillery in County Antrim, where BUSHMILLS Irish Whiskey is hand crafted in small batches for an exceptionally smooth taste.

Since 2002, Colum has been responsible for all the critical stages of whiskey production, all of them carried out at the distillery itself. That’s very handy when your job is to ensure that the production of the whiskies is done to perfection – as Colum likes it to be. Colum lives in the little coastal town of Ballycastle with his wife and two sons and says that he has found his dream job.

BUSHMILLS™ Irish Whiskey Master Distiller Colum Egan is pictured with the winners of Make it 2 Bushmills, South Africans, Jonathan Oliff and Sean Tickner.
BUSHMILLS™ Irish Whiskey Master Distiller Colum Egan with the winners of Make it 2 Bushmills, South Africans, Jonathan Oliff and Sean Tickner.

MI2B GLOBAL WINNERS:

BUSHMILLS™ Irish Whiskey Master Distiller Colum Egan is pictured with the winners of Make it 2 Bushmills, South Africans, Jonathan Oliff and Sean Tickner.

The pair won the opportunity to spend two weeks working at the world-famous Old Bushmills Distillery, where they will make their own unique blend of BUSHMILLS Irish Whiskey, live in luxury penthouse accommodation and get £5,000 spending money.

After their experience, Jonathan and Sean will ‘take home the distillery’, with the ultimate BUSHMILLS party that will be held in a South African city this year.

About BUSHMILLS

BUSHMILLS Irish Whiskey is hand crafted in small batches at Ireland’s oldest working distillery in Co. Antrim, Northern Ireland. The brand portfolio includes six exceptionally smooth and multi-award winning whiskeys: BUSHMILLS Original, BLACK BUSH, BUSHMILLS 10 Year Old Single Malt, BUSHMILLS 16 Year Old Single Malt and BUSHMILLS Malt 21 Year Old Single Malt and BUSHMILLS 1608. BUSHMILLS is the only distillery in Ireland to make triple-distilled Malt Whiskey

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