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Midleton is one of the largest and most technically advanced distilleries in the world but is also proudly built on tradition and history.
Owned and operated by Pernod Ricard’s Irish Distillers division, Midleton produces the Jameson range of whiskies as well as other Pernod Ricard owned Irish Whiskey brands such as Powers, Paddy, Greenspot and Redbreast.
The first of the old Irish whiskey brands to be reformulated as a blend, Tullamore D.E.W. remains one of the lightest of Irish whiskies. Blended from 3 types of whiskey - pot still, malt and grain whiskies. It is predominantly matured in ex-bourbon casks with only a small sherry wood contribution.
Green Spot originates from a time when many whiskey brokers bought and matured casks to use in their own blends. This blend was created in the 1920s by Mitchell and Son, a family firm of wine merchants which dates back to 1805.
Redbreast is single pot still Irish whiskey distilled from malted and unmalted barley in copper pot stills and matured for a minimum of 12 years in a combination of first-fill American oak ex-bourbon barrels and some Spanish oak oloroso sherry seasoned casks.
Powers John's Lane is named after the home of the Powers brand at John's Lane in Dublin. This 12-year-old single pot still whiskey has been matured in first-fill bourbon barrels with an element of whiskey matured in oloroso sherry butts also introduced to the blend. Bottled without chill filtration.
Named after the second generation Master Distiller, Barry Crockett, legacy is a single pot still Irish whiskey aged 10-22 years mostly in first-fill ex-bourbon casks with some whisky matured in unseasoned virgin American oak casks also introduced to the blend. Bottled without chill filtration.
Distilled from malted and unmalted barley in pot stills and aged for a minimum of 12 years in a combination of 1st-fill ex-bourbon and oloroso sherry seasoned casks. This cask strength bottling is set apart from the standard 12 year old due to very small batches allowing for superior cask selection.
Jameson Select Reserve or Black Barrel as it’s known in some locations is blended from two whiskies: a small-batch grain whiskey distilled at Midleton Distillery once a year and matured in heavily charred ex-bourbon barrels, and a malted and unmalted barley pot still whiskey aged in sherry casks.
Light and approachable, Jameson is the world’s best-selling Irish whiskey, made from a blend of malted and unmalted barley pot still whisky and column distilled grain whiskey. This Jameson ‘standard’ expression is aged in casks previously used to age bourbon and oloroso sherry.
Jameson Signature Reserve (a travel retail exclusive) celebrates the fact that long before distillers began bottling their own whiskey, Jameson supplied labels bearing the John Jameson & Son signature to accompany every delivery of casks to the whiskey bonders who then bottled the whiskey.
Launched in 1963, Crested Ten was the first whiskey that the Jameson distillery bottled themselves rather than selling in cask to bonders who bottled the whisky. Originally a ten year old, hence the name, Crested Ten heralded the end of Jameson selling to Ireland’s bonded whiskey trade.
Jameson 12 year old contains around 75% pot still whiskey and getting on towards a third the blend is aged in sherry casks. As the age statement suggests, the youngest whiskies are 12 years old but Special Reserve contains whiskies up to 17 years old.
This 12 year old bottling is only available to those who visit the Midleton Distillery in County Cork or the old Bow Street Distillery in Dublin. It’s a whiskey that represents pretty much everything produced at Midleton and is blended from a wide range of pot still and grain whiskies.
Originally called Jameson XO, this blended Irish whiskey was launched in 1996 for Asian travel retail. Gold Reserve includes whiskies aged in virgin American oak barrels and is a blend of three different pot still whiskeys and one grain whiskey.
Launched in 2002, Jameson 18 is blended from a combination of single pot still and grain whiskies aged a minimum of 18 years in bourbon and oloroso sherry casks. It is finished in first-fill bourbon barrels for at least 6 months.
Vintage Reserve is a blend designed to showcase the effects maturation using fortified wine casks other than sherry. Each vintage changes as different batches of Midleton’s oldest and rarest casks are blended to make each release.
Formerly named ‘Clontarf Black Label’ and a Irish single grain whiskey, in 2010 Clontarf not only acquired a new moniker, but also became a blended whiskey aged in ex- bourbon casks. Named after the historic Battle of Clontarf. Fought in 1014 the Irish successfully repelled a Viking invasion.
The first release of Middleton Very Rare to be selected by Master Distiller Brain Nation, following the retirement of the much respected Barry Crockett, who blended the first annual release of Midleton Very Rare back in 1984.
The old whiskey of Cork, originally produced by the Cork Distillers Company, established in 1779. Now owned and made by Irish Distillers but still produced at Midleton. Paddy is a blend of continuously distilled grain whiskey and triple pot distilled six year old pot still whiskey.
Relaunched in May 2012 after 45 years of extinction, this Irish single pot still whiskey is triple distilled in copper pot stills from a mash of malted and unmalted barley. It is aged 12 years in three types of cask: American oak ex-bourbon barrels, Spanish oak sherry butts and Spanish malaga casks.
Long the best-selling whiskey in Ireland until recently usurped by Jameson, Powers was originally made at the John's Lane Distillery, founded in 1791 in Dublin by James Power, a coaching innkeeper. At the turn of the century his son John joined the company, and it became known as John Power & Son.
The distillers this single pot still Irish whisky refers to are Barry Crockett and Brian Nation. Released September 2013, the limited edition of 500 bottles celebrates Brian taking over from Barry as Master Distiller at Midleton and the event held to mark the commissioning of the new distillery.
Distilled from a mash of malted and unmalted barley, triple distilled in copper pot stills and matured in a combination of American oak ex-bourbon barrels and first-fill Spanish oak oloroso sherry seasoned butts for a minimum of 21 years, with some whiskeys in the blend as old as 28 years old.
Originally launched as a one-off in 2005, demand turned this into a core expression but the quality of some subsequent bottlings suffered compared to the excellent original due to shortage of suitable stocks. Happily this sherry rich Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey appears to be back on form.
A blend of grain, malt and pot still Irish whiskies, this Tullamore Dew expression is named after the phoenix on the Tullamore coat of arms, a symbol of how the residents of Tullamore rebuilt their homes and town after being devastated by the fire which followed the 1785 hot air balloon accident.
Founder’s Reserve is a blend of two styles of Irish whiskey: single malt (70%) and single pot still (30%), aged 8 to 12 years in American oak. So unusually, this blended Irish whiskey is 100% produced using a copper pot still and contains no grain whiskey or column still whiskey.
This Irish triple distilled single malt is aged in a combination of ex-bourbon barrels and oloroso sherry seasoned casks for 8 to 12 years (no-age-statement). Each batch consists of a maximum of 6,000 bottles and each bottle carries a batch number.