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The visitor is invited to take a one hour tour of the Old Midleton Distillery, the home of Jameson Irish whiskey. The guided tour begins with an audio visual presentation (available in 7 languages) followed by a walk through the beautifully restored industrial complex, unique within Ireland and Britain. See the fully operational Water Wheel, large Grain Stores, Mill Buildings and the largest Pot Still in the world. With the appetite suitably whetted it is now time to experience the famous tutored Irish Whiskey Tasting in the Jameson Bar (minerals available for children). After a complimentary glass of Jameson, why not visit the extensive gift shop, or have lunch in the Malt House Restaurant.
In 1966, John Power & Son, John Jameson & Son and the Cork Distillers company (which owned the Old Midleton distillery) mergered 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.
Production Today Midleton is one of the most modern distilleries in the world, and with a production capacity of 19 million litres per annum is the largest in Ireland. The distillery boasts thirteen 75,000 litre stills, both pot and column, which are used in combinations of three to produce different types of whiskey.