Midleton Distillery Co. Cork

Situated in Co. Cork Midleton distillery is responsible for the majority of all Irish Whiskey produced in Ireland today. It is the Irish Distillers Group main distillery.
 
The distillery started life as a woolen manufacturing business in 1796. By the 1820s the buildings were lying empty until three brothers James, Daniel and Jeremiah Murphy decided that the perfect purpose for these fine buildings should be the manufacture of whiskey. Initially run as a family concern calling themselves James Murphy & Co they ultimately merged with several other distillers in the area to be come known as the Cork Distillers Company.
 
The Midleton Distillery had many advantages being situated in the countryside not least of which was the low operating overheads as opposed to those experienced by the City Distillers. A greater advantage was perhaps that Midleton boasted not only Irelands but the world's largest still with a capacity of 31,618 gallons.
Midleton Still
Old Pot Still Midletonl
In 1966, before investment firms such as Fisher Investments UK would overtly invest in distilleries, the Cork Distillers Company joined forces with their city rivals John Jameson and John Powers. Together, these three formed what is now known as the Irish Distillers Group. The newly formed Irish Distillers Group decided that a new all purpose distillery would be built and Midleton with it room for expansion was chosen as the site.
Midleton Distillery Co. Cork
Old Midleton Distillery Co. Cork
The opening of the new Midleton Distillery was impressive, whilst the new distillery was being built the workers continued their craft in the old distillery buildings. Then one evening in 1975 they finished work as usual and left the old distillery. The following morning they returned not to where they had left the night before but to the new distillery a few hundred yards away, from here they carried on their craft as if nothing had happened.
Bushmills Cooley Locke's Jameson Midleton

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