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Posted by on Jan 4, 2010 in Cork, Food, Historic, Southeast, Southwest | 0 comments

Discover the history of Irish whiskey at the Old Midleton Distillery

Submitted by Phil

The historic town of Midleton lies to the east of County Cork, Ireland and has its origins dating back to the 12th century. The name Midleton originates from ‘Mainstir na Corann’, which means ‘The Abbey of the Coir’ and comes from the monastery that was founded by Cistercian Monks in the early 12th century. Unfortunately, the monastery was destroyed in the 19th century and is no longer present.

The rich agricultural surroundings of Midleton help to make the town the central market point of East Cork, famous for its fine food and drink. All tastes can be catered for in the town thanks to its array of award-winning restaurants, intimate cafes, modern lounge bars and cosy old pubs.

One of the most popular attractions in Cork is situated in Midleton, with many visitors flocking to the 18th century Old Midleton Distillery, which has been carefully restored and Jameson Heritage Centre. Irish whiskey is famous the world over and its history is traced back over the years through a guided tour.

The tour starts with an educational audio-visual presentation, before guests are led through the Old Distillery Trail, taking in various historic and architecturally unique buildings. Visitors will be guided through mills, malting houses, corn stores, still-houses, offices and warehouses that have been used to produce Irish whiskey for hundreds of years. Recreations of the processes used in whiskey production through the years can also be witnessed.

Each visit to the Old Midleton Distillery and Jameson Heritage Centre ends in the Jameson Bar with an Irish whiskey tasting session, allowing guests the opportunity to become a qualified Irish whiskey taster.

The centre also has a stylish restaurant where guests can relax and enjoy the country farmhouse fare that is served, or browse through the gift and craft shop.

For people wanting to visit this significant distillery, they can take advantage of the great car rental offers in many of Ireland’s towns and cities and head for County Cork. The Old Midleton Distillery and Jameson Heritage Centre are located just 12 miles east of Cork City, on the main Cork to Waterford road.

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