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

Redbreast Lustau Edition New In

Redbreast Lustau Edition

70cl

New Bottling! A unique collaboration between the prestigious Bodegas Lustau in Jerez, Spain and the ..

€71.00 Ex Tax: €57.72

Redbreast Cask 2001 1st Fill Sherry Butt #17126 Single Pot Still New In

Redbreast Cask 2001 1st Fill Sherry Butt #17126 Single Pot Still

70cl

A superbly rich and complex tasting single cask Redbreast. A Celtic Whiskey Shop exclusive. Thi..

€279.95 Ex Tax: €227.60

Redbreast 21 Year Old Single Pot Still

70cl

A simply fantastic single pot still Irish whiskey that has been incredibly well received since it..

€190.00 Ex Tax: €154.47

Redbreast 1997 1st Fill Sherry Butt #42884 New In

Redbreast 1997 1st Fill Sherry Butt #42884

70cl

A Celtic Whiskey Shop Exclusive with huge, sherry cask richness. This whiskey has a lovely mix of wo..

€369.95 Ex Tax: €300.77

Redbreast 15 Year Old Single Pot Still

70 cl

New Bottling! The 15 year old expression of Redbreast was initially a one-off release that was event..

€100.00 Ex Tax: €81.30

Redbreast 12 Year Old Single Pot Still

70cl

A 100% heavy pot still whiskey with a high sherry ageing percentage. One of our all time favourite I..

€60.00 Ex Tax: €48.78

Redbreast 12 Year Old Cask Strength

70cl

The new bottling of the award winning Redbreast Cask Strength 12 Year Old has finally arrived! The C..

€93.00 Ex Tax: €75.61

Red Spot 15 Year Old Single Pot Still New In

Red Spot 15 Year Old Single Pot Still

70cl

The latest addition to the Spot Series, the Red Spot 15 Year Old Single Pot Still. A whiskey th..

€130.00 Ex Tax: €105.69

Powers Signature Release Single Pot Still

70cl

One of the best value single pot still whiskeys on the market. This is made from a robust style of s..

€56.00 Ex Tax: €45.53

Powers John's Lane Release 12 Year Old

70cl

Powers John's Lane was an instant hit when it was first released in 2011, eventually winning ..

€63.99 Ex Tax: €52.02

Powers Gold Label

70cl

Powers is an old classic. It was once made in the old John's Lane Distillery in Dublin, but sinc..

€30.99 Ex Tax: €25.20

Powers Fox & Geese 1965-2005

70 cl

This bottle of Powers Gold Label was produced to celebrate 40 years of bottling at the Fox and Geees..

€175.00 Ex Tax: €142.28

Powers 17 Year Old Single Cask 15856 Single Pot Still New In

Powers 17 Year Old Single Cask 15856 Single Pot Still

70cl

The Celtic Whiskey Shop continues its tradition of exclusive Powers Single Cask Releases with this b..

€229.00 Ex Tax: €186.18

Powers 16 Year Old Single Cask Single Pot Still New In

Powers 16 Year Old Single Cask Single Pot Still

70cl

Our 2016 edition of single cask Powers is drawn from a single refill barrel and is made in the same ..

€199.95 Ex Tax: €162.56

Powers 16 Year Old Single Cask 286 New In

Powers 16 Year Old Single Cask 286

70cl

Our latest in a series of single cask from Powers. This fruity and richly flavoured Irish Single Pot..

€199.95 Ex Tax: €162.56

Powers 16 Year Old Single Cask 285 New In

Powers 16 Year Old Single Cask 285

70cl

Released May 2018. This single cask of Powers has been specially selected by the Celtic Whiskey Shop..

€199.95 Ex Tax: €162.56