The Midleton Distillery tour takes visitors through the old distillery buildings, some of which date from the late 1700s. The tour focuses on the history of the Jameson family, brand, and the whiskey making process. Featured on the tour are mills, water wheel, maltings, stillhouse, warehouses and kilns. The distillery which is featured on the tour is no longer actively used and the newer Midleton Distillery can only be seen at a distance from the tour route. The old brick buildings included in the tour were interesting and a variety of the old equipment such as steam engine and pot-still were still located in their original locations.
Prior to this tour I knew very little about the whiskey distillation process and the history of legislation
|Whiskey at different stages of maturation.|
At the conclusion of the tour a handful of members from the tour group participated in a tasting test. The tasting compared American, Scottish and Irish whiskey and explained the differences in the production process of each country. I found the Jameson tour less focused on the Jameson family/corporate history than the Guinness experience. Granted, the very nature of the tour means that it was closely connected to the history of the Jameson product but overall the experience didn't feel as though the brand was being forced upon you.
Photographs by Andrew MacKay