The Jameson Experience Midleton & Irish Whiskey Academy
The Jameson Experience is located in Midleton, Co. Cork. This distillery operated for 150 years, from 1825 until 1975, when the workers clocked off on a Friday in July, to start work in the new Midleton Distillery the following Monday. Thankfully, the old distillery was kept intact - and beautifully preserved - it is now one of the most striking and interesting tourist attractions in Ireland.
A tour of the Jameson Experience is a journey through the story and making of Irish whiskey. Guided tours are available throughout the year and all tours commence with an audio-visual presentation, retracing the history of whiskey in Ireland. Guests are then guided through the old distillery, where they can admire the old kilns, mills, maltings, water wheel, still house, distiller’s cottage, cooperage and warehouses.
The sense of heritage is everywhere at the Jameson Experience. Some of the original buildings date back to 1795, built as a mill before being converted for use as a distillery. The water wheel, which once operated all the machinery at the distillery, still turns and operates the cogs and wheels in the Mill Building. Guests are truly spoilt for a true whiskey experience in Warehouse No.1, which boasts the largest copper pot still in the world, casks of maturing whiskey and the new micro distillery.
Tours end with a complimentary glass of Jameson, or for a lucky selected few from each tour, a comparative whiskey tasting, which compares and explains the differences between Irish, Scotch and Bourbon whiskies. Whiskey Tasters are rewarded with their own Whiskey Tasting Certificate.
For very large groups, the Jameson Experience can also offer a Jameson Barrelmans Feast Irish evening, with banquet, musicians and dancers. The Master Distiller's Cottage has been converted to offer exclusive hire for private parties, meetings and even whiskey masterclass tastings.
For the whiskey enthusiast, the Irish Whiskey Academy is the true centre of Irish Whiskey excellence and the Jameson Experience offers a choice of packages that you can try. When checking in on arrival, make sure to ask staff what are the special offers of the day, for example Bundle Tickets which include a Premium Tasting. Many of the guides at the Jameson Experience in Midleton are multi-lingual, therefore please contact the distillery directly if you require a group tour in a language other than English.
Our advice is not to limit your visit of the Jameson Experience to just a tour. There is so much else to enjoy. The Malt House restaurant is particularly good (warning: their cakes will test the most determined dieter!) and of course, the shop is always enticing.
For the whiskey enthusiast, both Jameson centres offer the "Bottle Your Own" experience. You can now hand fill a bottle of Jameson Select Reserve Cask Strength Black Barrel from a live bourbon cask before personalising the label with your name, the date, the number of the cask, the bottle number and the alcohol strength (currently 59%). By logging your bottle in the Jameson Select Reserve Cask Strength Black Barrel ledger, you can ensure that your bottle becomes part of the history of Jameson forever - price is €100.
Getting to the Distillery from Cork couldn't be easier with the daily Jameson Bus service, operating twice a day at 10am and 2pm, every day until mid October. Guests will be picked up and returned to a dedicated St. Patrick's Quay stop and taken directly to the Jameson Experience. Prices are €20/adult, €17/student and €10 for under 18's. The package includes return transport, a fully guided tour and a signature Jameson whiskey drink. Tickets can be purchased at the Tourist Office located on St. Patrick's Quay or directly on the bus. Each tour takes under 2 hours and tours commence every 20 minutes.