Part 23: Jameson Distillery


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The Trip

We decide that we wanted to head south to the coast but we were a bit burned out from the long drive the previous day.  We got a really late start and then finally decided that we would visit the Jameson Distillery in Midleton.  So, we piled into the car and headed out.  The day was perfect with bright sun and mild temperatures.  The scenery was great in the full sun.

The Photos

The photos below are what we saw.

We got to Midleton and headed out on foot.  The town was actually quite busy with traffic, mostly tourists like us.  We found a a place

As we entered the distillery, they had some nice artifacts on display.  This is, of course, fake but it still looks cool.

This copper pot is from one of the boiler areas.

The barley malting house is a big building made of stone.

I love the stonework in their buildings here.  The corners are cut stone, the balance is raw stone.

An old belt-powered piece of farm equipment.

Interesting that the name of the tractor is Fordson.  This is the way it was done in the old days.

The tour was reasonably informative; we got the download on the brewing and distilling process.  And there was some nice old equipment on display.

This belt-powered piece of equipment is likely a crusher or grinder.  Note the large flywheel on the right.

The back side of the malting house.  5 stories of stone walls held together by steel bars with cast iron plates.  These were used to support the walls.

The barley was ground into grist in the mill.  The mill was powered by water that was carried by a small canal called a "race".  The race carried the water to the water wheel.

The water was scooped by the flutes in the wheel causing it to turn.  This wheel has provide the motive power for the mill since day one.  It was only decommissioned about 10 years ago.

The wheel does not turn fast, but it DOES turn.

One of the millstones that was used for the grinding the grist.

One of the old distillery delivery trucks.

This was an interesting old tractor used at the plant.  The manufacturer, Scammell, has long gone out of business, but a web search will bring up some interesting photos of older trucks.

One of the old copper stills used as part of a 3-still process.

These stills were some of the largest in the world during their day.

A large amount of heat was required to heat the stills which required appropriate stacks to clear the smoke.  Anthracite coal was used "back in the day".

Many of the buildings on the site were quite large.

A modern day condenser.  Why this is not in service is a question.  I am sure they are expensive to fabricate.

The last stop on the tour was the tasting room.

The Jameson tour was interesting and very worthwhile.  And not just for the free liquor.  If you are in the area, it is worth stopping in.  The tour takes about 90 minutes, plus the tasting.  Jameson distills many brands of liquor, including my (current) favorite Red Breast.  Some of their brands are quite pricey.  I must say, however, that I tried Jameson 12 year and it was, at the time, better than Red Breast.

Tomorrow, we return to Dublin and tee up for our intercontinental flight back to San Diego.  It has been a great trip despite the colds and the norovirus.

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