Old Bushmills Distillery has welcomed it’s first new cooper in over 30 years.
Chris Kane from Bushmills is the first fully fledged cooper to come from the island of Ireland in over 30 years and is the fourth generation of his family to take up the craft.
The Bushmills man learned the trade of creating and modifying barrels from his father and will work alongside him at the Old Bushmills Distillery.
Calling it his ‘dream job’ Chris explained: “It might not be an obvious career choice but coopering has been a part of my life since I was a young guy.
“When the apprenticeship opportunity came up four years ago, I left what was probably deemed a good ‘sensible’ job to follow what has always been my real passion.”
Helen Mulholland, Master Blender of Bushmills Irish Whiskey said: “We are delighted to share in Chris’s success as he becomes a fully-fledged Cooper today.
“His family has been an integral part of Bushmills’s legacy for the past 140 years.
“He is a true artist, born to his craft, as the skill and attention that is required to cooper is nothing short of spectacular.
“Coopering is fundamental to our Irish Whiskey making process; to ensure we produce the same premium quality whiskey that we began making 400 years ago.”