The Midleton distillery is located in Midleton, County Cork in Ireland and is is the homebase of Irish Distillers.  A variety of brands are produced at the distillery including Powers, Tullamore DEW, Paddy, Redbreast and their globally renowned Jameson brand - the biggest selling Irish whiskey in the world. The distillery's flagship brand is Midleton Very Rare, which is a small batch blended malt released annually. 

Distillery Bottlings

Posted 29 May 2017

The iconic Michell & Son 'Spot' whiskey was so named because of the practice of marking casks with a spot of coloured paint to indicate the age of the whiskey contained within. Originally there were four spotted whiskey's available: 7 year old Blue Spot, 10 year old Green Spot, 12 year old Yellow Spot and 15 year old Red Spot. The Blue and Red botllings have not been produced for many years and few examples remain in existence. In 1971 Irish Distillers consolidated production at Midleton Distillery, and changed the receipt of their only spot still in production at the time - Green Spot.

Posted 13 November 2017

2017 has brought a new version of well-known Irish blend Midleton Very Rare. Composed of single pot still and grain whiskeys drawn from ex-Bourbon barrels, the annual release first unveiled in 1984,  is now in its 34th incarnation. The 2014 edition of Very Rare was released for the 30th anniversary of the blend and was the first to bear the name of the new Master Distiller Brian Nation who took over from Barry Crocket who retired in 2013.

Posted 06 March 2018

The annual releases of Midleton Very Rare are always highly anticipated, and shortly you’ll be able to pick up the latest edition with a new, smart presentation style. Very Rare has always been positioned as a premium Irish whiskey, but despite consistent high interest, and much praise for the liquid itself, few would suggest that the wooden coffin box that has accompanied the blend over the past 33 years was anything more than functional. The redesign is quite a radical departure compared to the bottlings of the past three decades. It’s already available in Ireland, the US and Canada and will be rolled out to other markets, including the UK from next month.

Posted 31 May 2017

In 2002 Michell & Son relaunched their iconic Yellow Spot whiskey, previous available as part of a series of four pot still whiskeys with different ages marked with different coloured 'spots'. The bottling returned as a 12 year old, with an interesting marriage of casks: ex-bourbon, ex-sherry and ex-malaga wine cask. Malaga is a fortified Spanish wine made from Pedro Ximenze and Moscatel grapes - not commonly seen used in whiskey production. It was believed that the original Yellow Spot recipe also contained the use of these unusual Malaga wine casks, thus Michell & Son attempted to recreate, rather than reimagine the iconic Yellow Spot.

Posted 02 January 2019

Jameson Bow Street 18 year old Cask Strength is interestingly named – it could equally have been named ‘Distiller’s Walk’ as at least 17 of its 18 years of life have taken place at the Midleton Distillery in County Cork. However, there’s a nice piece of history and process taking place with this edition which earns it some uniqueness. Least of all, it’s an offering at a much higher ABV - perhaps this’ll help folks consider that there’s much more nuance to Irish whiskey than simply it’s ‘smoothness’.

Posted 12 April 2017

W&A Gilbey was founded in 1857 as a gin distillery based in Dublin. Gilbey’s sourced distillates held on bond from various Dublin-based distilleries. This including liquid from Jameson’s Bow Street Distillery which was used to produce ‘John Jameson & Son’s Castle “JJ Liqueur” Whiskey 12 Years Old in 1903. Likely the forerunner of Redbreast, the first official use of this name did not occur until 1912 when it was used as a nickname from the then Gilbey’s chairman who was an enthusiastic birdwatcher. 



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