Midleton Distillery

“We spend a most interesting time at the Distillery, and were more than ever convinced that woolen mills and barracks are not only suitable, but more convertible buildings for distilling purposes than any other…” Alfred Bernard describing his visit to the Midleton Distillery in The Whisky Distilleries of the United Kingdom, 1887. 

In September 2013, the Midleton Distillery in Co Cork formally launched its €100m expansion. Since the mid-1970s, IDL’s four massive pot stills and seven column stills at the site had been the engine that drove Irish whiskey’s growth across the world. The success of the Jameson brand in particular meant that it was time to invest to meet demand, doubling the distillery’s capacity to an astonishing 64 million litres of alcohol per year. It’s a scene that’s worlds apart from what greeted Bernard, apart from those onion-shaped copper stills that have been the cornerstone of traditional Irish whiskey distilling for centuries.

The distillery is high-tech, but still produces an impressive range of whiskeys with great craft and character. It was designed to produce and mature pot still and grain spirit for three of the then four remaining Irish distillers, who joined forces in 1966 to tackle Irish whiskey’s spiralling decline.

As part of the plan, Jameson’s Bow Street and Powers John’s Lane stills would fall silent, ending the era of whiskey distilling in Dublin, once the world’s greatest whiskey distilling city.

There was space to build beside the Old Midleton Distillery, which belonged to Cork Distillers, the third member of the IDL partnership. And so, one September day in 1975, production stopped at the old facility and moved a few hundred yards to the new one. A new chapter in Irish distilling history had begun.

From the time the new stills took up the baton until only very recently, the Midleton Distillery was the only source of traditional pure pot still Irish whiskey, for many is the quintessential style of Irish whiskey. It forms the heart of the Jameson and Power’s blends and can be experienced in all its glory in the likes of Redbreast, Green Spot and Yellow Spot.

Pure pot still had been the mainstay too of the Old Midleton Distillery, which was originally founded in 1825 when brothers James, Daniel and Jeremiah Murphy bought an old wool mill near the town. The 1823 Excise Act had just been passed and there was an opportunity for entrepreneurs to cash in on legal distilling, providing it could be done on a large scale. The Murphys took full advantage.

By 1830, they were employing over 200 men and capacity was reaching 400,000 proof gallons per year. By 1866, the distillery had merged with the other main Cork distilleries of North Mall, Watercourse, The Green and Daly's. During this time there was a lot of rationalisation, but Midleton remained as the epicentre while the others saw most of the cutbacks.

In the 1920s, a seven-year-old pure pot still whiskey was the company’s flagship brand. It had been made popular by one of the real characters in Irish whiskey at the time, Cork Distillers sales rep Paddy Flaherty, and it eventually bore his name – Paddy Irish Whisky. Versions of it are still on sale today. The new distillery, however, has added considerably to the range, producing an ever-expanding range of Jameson, Power’s, Midleton, Tullamore Dew and many more whiskeys.

The Old Midleton Distillery is now perfectly preserved as a visitors’ centre and museum. 

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Midleton Distillery

Jameson Caskmates Stout Edition

70cl

The Jameson Caskmates release is a unique whiskey that has been made with the help of Cork's Fra..

€38.00 Ex Tax: €30.89

Jameson Cooper's Croze

70cl

Named in honour of Jameson's Master Cooper, Ger Buckley. The aim of this whiskey is to showcase ..

€70.00 Ex Tax: €56.91

Jameson Crested

70 cl

Crested Ten has previously been one of the harder to find expressions of Jameson, however in 2016 th..

€35.99 Ex Tax: €29.26

Jameson Crested Ten Old Label

70cl

This is the older version of Jameson Crested Ten (now relabelled as simply 'Crested'). These..

€85.00 Ex Tax: €69.11

Jameson Distiller's Safe

70cl

Brian Nation is the head distiller at Midleton Distillery and this has been created by him to highli..

€70.00 Ex Tax: €56.91

Jameson Distillery Collection The Horse

1 cl

This is a limited edition Jameson with a screen printed label depicting an old distillery horse. Thi..

€109.50 Ex Tax: €89.02

Jameson Fox & Geese

70 cl

A special release of Jameson whiskey that was presented to workers at the Fox and Geese bottling pla..

€800.00 Ex Tax: €650.41

Jameson Gold Old Bottling

70 cl

This is a very special whiskey, with a portion of the blend matured in virgin oak casks, giving it a..

€135.00 Ex Tax: €109.76

Jameson Gold Reserve

70 cl

Jameson Gold started out as a limited edition expression that was originally created for the Asia..

€140.00 Ex Tax: €113.82

Jameson Grace New In

Jameson Grace

20cl

One of the rarest Jameson bottles ever released. This was a short lived expression that was made exc..

€450.00 Ex Tax: €365.85

Jameson Lively New In

Jameson Lively

100cl

Part of Jameson's Deconstructed series which is normally only found in airport shops. The &..

€70.00 Ex Tax: €56.91

Jameson Original

70 cl

Jameson is by far the best selling Irish whiskey in the world and currently sells at a rate of aroun..

€31.99 Ex Tax: €26.01

Jameson Rarest Vintage Reserve

70 cl

The Jameson Vintage Reserve is a very special blend that draws its components from some of the oldes..

€850.00 Ex Tax: €691.06

Jameson Rarest Vintage Reserve 2007 New In

Jameson Rarest Vintage Reserve 2007

70cl

An early bottling of the Jameson Vintage Reserve. This is a very special blend that draws its compon..

€850.00 Ex Tax: €691.06

Jameson Round New In

Jameson Round

100cl

This is a hard to find expression of Jameson that is normally only found in airport retail. The '..

€70.00 Ex Tax: €56.91

Jameson St. Patrick's Day 2017 Limited Edition New In

Jameson St. Patrick's Day 2017 Limited Edition

70cl

The 2017 Jameson St. Patrick's Day release was inspired by the 'Chance your arm story' a..

€45.00 Ex Tax: €36.59