| 9.5°C Dublin

G8 leaders given gift of Bushmills

G8 LEADERS were presented with a bottle of Irish Bushmills whiskey on their departure from the summit in Fermanagh.

The spirit was presented to Barack Obama, Vladimir Putin and Angela Merkel at the conclusion of the G8 Summit meeting at the Lough Erne Resort in Enniskillen.

Key delegates travelling with the heads of state received the gift. Bushmills Irish Whiskey was chosen by the UK Government among gifts that represent the best of Northern Ireland's produce.

The Old Bushmills Distillery exports 95pc of its production, with main markets including North America, Great Britain and France.

Master distiller Colum Egan selected one of the distillery's finest reserves – Bushmills 12 Year Old Single Malt Irish Whiskey – for the commemorative gift presented by UK Prime Minister David Cameron to the world leaders and delegates.

"We are no stranger to the global stage, we've received hundreds of international awards for our whiskey. But I have to say this is one of our finest moments," he said.