In 1825, the Murphy brothers, James, Jeremiah, and Daniel, established their first distillery on the site. While their initiative was still in its infancy, it grew in scope and ambition. There was less demand for whiskey in Ireland in the 1840s because of the famine. The Cork Distilleries Company was formed in the 1860s by a group of local distilleries, notably Midleton. As a result of Irish whiskey’s declining fortunes in the early 1900s, the biggest pot still of its kind in the world was no longer operational at this distillery. The popularity of blended whisky in Scottish, the trade conflict between Ireland and the United Kingdom, and prohibition in the United States all contributed to this. The Irish whiskey business suffered as a result of all of these factors.
Only a few distilleries remained on the island by the 1960s. In 1966, three of them formed an alliance known as Irish Distillers. John Jameson & Son, John Powers and Son, and Cork Distilleries Corporation were all part of the group. The decision was made to shut down the Dublin-based facilities of the first two distilleries and move their operations to Cork, where a new facility would be erected next to the original Midleton distillery.
The new Midelton Whiskey distillery opened in mid-1975, while the old distillery across the street was shut down on the same day. Both Dublin’s Jameson and Powers distilleries shut down a year later. Reaffirming their commitment to become the leading producer of Irish whiskey, the distillery invested over €100 million in 2013 to increase output. This remarkable distillery saw an extra €130 million in investments in 2019 to help it grow and improve its output.
The distillery is a real symbol of Irish whiskey tradition, producing such iconic brands as Jameson, Redbreast, Powers, Paddy, Midleton Very Rare, and Spot Whisky.
Irish Pot Still in its purest form. The Redbreast 12 is a full-bodied sherry-influenced whiskey beloved by whiskey connoisseurs all over the globe.
Powers John’s Lane
New bottlings matured in bourbon and sherry barrels have given this trademark pot still type a spicy scent and delicate, sweet fruit flavor. This Irish whiskey’s velvety smoothness is the result of its twelve-year maturing period.
Method & Madness Cherry Wood
Wild cherry wood barrels have been used to age this Irish Whiskey, giving it a tropical fruit and ginger flavor.
Method & Madness Single Malt
Lightly fragrant scents and dry barley and biscuit on the tongue are packed into this whiskey, which is finished in French Limousine Oak. This whiskey is a perfect example of how Method and Madness’ effective experimenting results in such distinctive whiskey.
Method & Madness Single Pot Still
Using sherry and American barrel aging with a French Chestnut finish, we were able to create a whiskey of unparalleled complexity. There are notes of mint on the aroma, followed by cinnamon and banana on the taste. There is a lovely green tea flavor in the aftertaste. Incredibly rare and special.
Method & Madness Single Grain
This smooth grain whiskey, aged in first filling Spanish virgin oak, offers a delicate rose petal aroma and oak and wood spice flavors on the tongue. An Irish grain whiskey with a sweet cereal aftertaste confirms its excellence.
Method & Madness Port Pipe
There are few whiskeys that have been in port pipes for as long as Method and Madness’ rich ruby color bottle. To put it another way, this was aged in Ruby Port Casks for an incredible 22 years after spending six years in bourbon barrels. Mango and kiwi aromas combine with port wine, vanilla, and cinnamon flavors on the tongue to create the Method and Madness’ most popular offering. There are just 486 bottles of this wine left.
Method & Madness Acacia Wood
Midleton’s masters found exquisite Acacia barrels, generally used for great wine, to give this special edition whiskey a luscious chocolate, nut, and vanilla aroma and flavor profile. Surely, you couldn’t resist. The limited-edition bottlings of Method and Madness have been a huge hit, selling out quickly.
It was released in 2003, aged in American oak, sherry, and port barrels, and is a rare Midleton single pot still.
Midleton Dair Ghaelach Knockrath Tree
An estate in Wicklow, Ireland, offered seven oak trees that were harvested responsibly. In order to complete their greatest aged Pot Still, each has used Mildelton single malt whiskey from the Midleton Distillery and the results have been astounding. Tree Number 5 yielded this whiskey.