The Jameson Distillery
About the Jameson Distillery
The Jameson Experience, Midleton, (also known as the Old Midleton Distillery) is an Irish whiskey museum and visitor centre located in the Old Midleton Distillery in Midleton, County Cork, Ireland. Set over 15 acres, since opening as a visitor's centre in 1992, the old distillery has received approximately 100,000 guests per year.
The Old Midleton Distillery in which the Jameson Experience is located began life as a woollen mill, before being converted to a military barracks and subsequently a distillery in 1825. The distillery operated until 1975, when a new distillery was constructed alongside it to house the consolidated operations of three former whiskey-making rivals, John Jameson & Son, John Powers & Son, and Cork Distilleries Company (owners of the Midlelton Distillery), who had come together to form Irish Distillers in 1966. It now houses a visitor centre, a restaurant, and a gift shop.
The Jameson Experience, Midleton tour explains the history of Jameson Whiskey and the distillery that operated before it was produced there. Tours include a film, and walking tour, in which guests are guided through the old distillery, where they can admire the old kilns, mills, maltings, water wheel, still house, distiller’s cottage, cooperage and warehouses. Small numbers of visitors can also volunteer to participate in a taste test, comparing Jameson Whiskey, Scotch whisky, and American whiskey, to become a "Qualified Irish Whiskey Taster".
The Jameson Experience Tour is a fully guided tour around the original Midleton Distillery which brings the stories of Jameson’s rich heritage to life. You'll learn about the hard-working people and field-to-glass processes responsible for the whiskey that bears John Jameson's name.
On this tour, one of our friendly Jameson Ambassadors will guide you around some of our key buildings, including the warehouses and the Micro- Distillery. The tour finishes with you chance to do a guided comparative tasting of three famous whiskeys, one being Jameson.