Midleton Distillery was founded in the early seventeenth
century. The distillery is located in the town of
Midleton approximately 20 kilometres east of Cork City
in the south of Ireland. The Irish whiskey industry was
booming at the time and the distillery soon had an
incredible 200 people employed and produced 1.5 million
litres of whiskey.
In 1975 production at the Old Midleton Distillery was
moved to the New Midleton Distillery which was built
right next to the original one. The new distillery was
built by the newly formed Irish Distillers Group. The
beautiful Old Midleton Distillery currently serves as a
visitor centre where the history of Irish whiskey may be
The New Midleton Distillery produces whiskey for four
different brands; Jameson, Paddy, Powers Gold Label and
Midleton. The distillery also produces a significant
volume of grain whisky.
The New Midleton Distillery is a complex
facility with a high production capacity. The distillery
uses 13 stills that are run three at a time in different
combinations to produce the various whiskeys. Outside
the distillery stands the world’s largest pot still with
a staggering volume of 125 000 litres. The huge still is
not in use, the current stills ‘only’ hold 75 000 litres
each. The annual production capacity at the New Midleton
Distillery is 19 million litres.
Visitors: The visitor centre at the Old Midleton
Distillery is open 7 days all year from 10am to 6pm (the
last tour commences at 6pm). However opening times are
somewhat restricted during the winter months and
visitors are encouraged to phone ahead if visiting at
this time of the year.
A small admission charge applies which includes a guided
tour of the old distillery, an audio-visual show, a
whiskey tasting and access to the restaurant and the
large gift shop which sells all brands of Irish Whiskey.
Owner: Pernod Ricard through Irish Distillers
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