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

Midleton Kilranelagh Dair Ghaelach Tree 3 New In

Midleton Kilranelagh Dair Ghaelach Tree 3

70cl

The Fifth Chapter in Midleton Distillery's much coveted Dair Ghaelach series. These whiskeys are..

€440.00 Ex Tax: €357.72

Midleton Kilranelagh Dair Ghaelach Tree 4 New In

Midleton Kilranelagh Dair Ghaelach Tree 4

70cl

The Fifth Chapter in Midleton Distillery's much coveted Dair Ghaelach series. These whiskeys are..

€440.00 Ex Tax: €357.72

Midleton Kilranelagh Dair Ghaelach Tree 5 New In

Midleton Kilranelagh Dair Ghaelach Tree 5

The Fifth Chapter in Midleton Distillery's much coveted Dair Ghaelach series. These whiskeys are..

€440.00 Ex Tax: €357.72

Midleton Kilranelagh Dair Ghaelach Tree 6 New In

Midleton Kilranelagh Dair Ghaelach Tree 6

The Fifth Chapter in Midleton Distillery's much coveted Dair Ghaelach series. These whiskeys are..

€440.00 Ex Tax: €357.72

Midleton Silent Distillery Collection Chapter 4 New In

Midleton Silent Distillery Collection Chapter 4

70cl

A very special Midleton Whiskey and the latest edition in the Midleton Silent Distillery series. The..

€49,999.95 Ex Tax: €40,650.37

Midleton Very Rare Barry Crockett Legacy Single Pot Still

70cl

Master winner at the Irish Whiskey Masters in both 2021 and 2022! This rebranded Midl..

€300.00 Ex Tax: €243.90

Paddy Irish Whiskey

70cl

Paddy is named after the famous 1920s salesman Paddy Flaherty, who was very generous with tasting sa..

€29.95 Ex Tax: €24.35

Powers 16 Year Old Single Pot Still #18585 Celtic Whiskey Shop Exclusive New In

Powers 16 Year Old Single Pot Still #18585 Celtic Whiskey Shop Exclusive

70cl

An exciting Celtic Whiskey Shop exclusive we have here! Drawn from a single cask #18585, t..

€216.00 Ex Tax: €175.61

Powers Gold Label

70cl

A three time gold winner at the Irish Whiskey Masters in 2021, 2022, and 2023! Powers Gold is an old..

€33.50 Ex Tax: €27.24

Powers Irish Rye New In

Powers Irish Rye

70cl

Powers presents Ireland's first ever 100% rye whiskey. Complex and full of character, this uniqu..

€46.00 Ex Tax: €37.40

Powers John's Lane 12 Year Old

70cl

A multi-award winning Single Pot Still that has won awards such as Master at the Irish Whiskey Maste..

€75.00 Ex Tax: €60.98

Powers Johns Lane Cask Strength New In

Powers Johns Lane Cask Strength

70cl

Launching 12 years after the introduction of Powers John’s Lane whiskey, this twelve-year-old ..

€90.00 Ex Tax: €73.17

Powers Three Swallows

70cl

Master winner at the Irish Whiskey Masters 2023! A revival of the old style of Powers once made at t..

€49.95 Ex Tax: €40.61

Red Spot 15 Year Old Single Pot Still

70cl

A whiskey that has been matured in a combination of American Bourbon casks, Sherry butts and Si..

€140.00 Ex Tax: €113.82

Redbreast 12 Year Old Cask Strength

70cl

The award-winning Redbreast Cask Strength 12 Year Old. The Cask Strength has perhaps been ..

€105.00 Ex Tax: €85.37

Redbreast 12 Year Old Single Pot Still

70cl

Master at Irish Whiskey Masters in 2021, 2022, and 2023 so it's no surprise why t..

€69.00 Ex Tax: €56.10