I was wondering when someone would make this statement. The widely-accepted Irish-American version is that Jameson is Catholic whiskey and Bushmills is Protestant whiskey. But that’s merely based on geography: Bushmills is from Northern Ireland (a predominantly Protestant region) and Jameson is from Cork – Catholic country.Jameson was founded in 1780 when John Jameson – from Scotland – purchased the Bow Street Distillery, which at the time was one of the biggest distilleries in Ireland. Now, it’s important to note that the Scottish Reformation occurred in 1560, so odds are in favor of the founder of the Jameson distillery, being Scottish, was a damn Protestant.Bushmills, on the other hand, was officially licensed in 1608 by King James I (of Bible fame) and despite of its location deep in the heart of Protestant country has a Catholic as a master distiller!This debate really only occurs in the US where Irish-American support of the Republic can sometimes be blind and often fueled by the very product we’re speaking of. But none of it means much, anyway: both distilleries are now owned by huge international companies: Jameson by French liquor company Pernod-Ricard, and Bushmills by the English owned company Diageo.So now the real decision comes down to who do you want to support more...The French or the English? I prefer Bushmills personally and highly recommend the Bushmills 1608!!ENJOY BUSHMILLS...The TRUE Catholic whiskey!!!