Midleton Distillery is the largest distillery in Ireland producing Irish whiskey. Among its flagship products, Paddy whiskey, Jameson and Tullamore Dew are the most important. Founded in 1825 by the Murphy family, it is still today the most imposing production plant of the whole island…
The Midleton distillery has been founded in 1825 by the Murphy brothers (James, Jeremiah and Daniel), and was built in the town of Midleton, in the county of Cork, within the walls of an old factory. When the different whiskey factories decided to merge to form the “Irish Distillers Ltd” group, Midleton immediately became the central place where most of the whiskeys of the group were produced. The premises are enlarged and a new distillery is built next to the old one.
Today, Midleton produces more than 19 million litres of alcohol per year. This gigantic production concerns the triple distillation as well as simpler whiskey making processes. Among the alcohols produced at present, we can especially note:
The group’s former distillery has recently been converted into a real museum and attracts thousands of tourists every year.
There is a superb exhibition dedicated to the art of the distillery. You will see stills and learn the secrets of traditional whiskey making in Midleton.
The museum is quite nice, and will sell you the merits of Irish whiskeys. You’ll even get a small presentation for each spirit produced there…
Not forgetting of course, the possibility to buy some in a shop, and to taste some in a bar located in the old distillery itself.