A Day at the Jameson Experience Visitor Centre
Jameson Irish Whiskey was founded by John Jameson in 1780. The company was originally set up in the Bow Street Distillery in Dublin City. The operation remained in Dublin until 1975 when it relocated to Midleton, County Cork. The new facility is attached to the Old Midleton Distillery. The old Distillery was originally used in the production of the Paddy whiskey brand and is now home to the Jameson Experience Visitor Centre.
In 1975 production of Jameson, Powers and PADDY was moved to a new modern plant built adjacent to Old Midleton Distillery which is the modern plant in operation today next to the Jameson Experience. The Old Midleton Distillery was fully preserved and is now home to the Jameson Experience Midleton, where the charm and elegance of the distillery buildings reflect the pride in the product that was made here. Over 130,000 tourists visit Midleton ever year to learn more about the home of Irish whiskey.
Jameson is the world's fastest-growing Irish whiskey, experiencing 26 years of consecutive growth and hitting sales of 5m cases in 2015.
Experience the Heritage
We jumped on the Jameson Premium Shuttle Bus, conveniently located on Patrick's Quay in the heart of cork city operates from April to October twice a day every day at 10am and 2pm.
The tour really begins when you board the bus as our driver was very informative and friendly. As soon as we arrived at the distillery we were engulfed by the amazingly old world atmosphere. The massive cooper vat in garden, the antique barrells and trucks, the red windows and green grass, combine perfectly to give you a warm and welcoming reception.
Taste the Experience
Once you are inside the distillery there is a reception area where you can buy tickets, if you haven't bought them beforehand.
At the beginning of the tour there is a very informative audio-visual presentation detailing the whiskey making process used by Jameson throughout the ages. You are then taken to the old distillery Dotted along the trail there are antique vehicles, water mills, barrels and casks which really add to the sense of heritage. We were then shown a film on the history of barrels throughout the years and a detailed description of the whisky distillation methods used by Jameson.
On the final leg of the tour we entered in a large saloon style bar for the payoff. A glass of Jameson! There is the option to have this straight up or with Ginger & Lime. If you are quick enough to volunteer there is a comparative tasting of an Irish Whiskey, a Scottish Whiskey and an American Bourbon with an explanation on the differences in the making of each. After the tasting you will receive a 'Whiskey Certificate'.
From 10.00-18.00 hrs
Tour times daily from between 10.00-16.30 hrs
Last tour 16.30hrs
Summer Tours (April - October)
11:00 / 13:00 / 14:45 / 16:15 hrs
Winter Tours (November - March)
Child (under 18) €8.00
Student with ID over 18 €13.00
Prices (Guided Tour. Duration - 1.5 hours)
Family (2 adults & 4 children under 18) €42.00
Group Rates for 15plus €13.00
Senior Citizens €13.00
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