- New Midleton Distillery
The Midleton distilleries complex is situated outside Midleton, Co. Cork, Ireland. It is owned by Pernod-Ricard. Located alongside is the Old Midleton Distillery which was established in the early 17th century.
In 1966, John Power & Son, John Jameson & Son and the Cork Distillers company (which owned the Old Midleton distillery) merged to form the Irish Distillers Group. The board of the newly formed company decided to close their existing distilleries and consolidate all production at a new facility. This was built at Midleton as it was the only existing site with room for expansion. In July 1975, production ended at the old distillery and began in the new one. The old distillery has since been turned into a visitors' centre.
Midleton is one of the most modern distilleries in the world and has its production areas linked via fibre-optic networks . The Midleton factory, with a production capacity of 19 million litres per annum, is the largest in Ireland. The distillery boasts three 75,000 litre pot stills, and three column, which are used in combinations of three to produce different types of whiskey.
As a result of the different stills combinations that can be achieved, a range of different products can be produced.The most significant brands produced are:
- Jameson - The best selling Irish whiskey in the world
- Jameson 12yr Old, Gold, 18yr Old, Rarest Vintage Reserve and Distillery Reserve
- Powers, Powers 12yo and Powers St John's lane Single Pot Still
- Tullamore Dew Range - owned by William Grant & Sons
- Redbreast 12yr Old, 12yo Cask Strength and 15yr Old.
- Midleton Very Rare. (One version per year). Midleton Barry Crockett Legacy Single Pot Still
- Cork Dry Gin - The most popular gin in Ireland
- Huzzar Vodka - The second most popular vodka in Ireland
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