A Story of Irish Whiskey

A Story of Irish Whiskey

A Story of Irish Whiskey from Irish Distillers Season 1: A Story Of Irish Whiskey How three families saved it from extinction. A five-part series brought to you by Irish Distillers on the rise, fall and rise again of Irish whiskey on the world stage. Tracing the story of Irish whiskey's meteoric rise in the 1800s to its fall in the aftermath of revolution and wars in the 20th century to finally its renaissance in the 21st. With a cast of colourful, innovative and fearless characters from the three main Irish whiskey families - the Jamesons, Powers and Murphys - experience this story of Irish whiskey as never before. Season 2: Tasting Club Irish Distillers Tasting Club a six-part series for whiskey lovers. Over the series we’ll meet true masters of their crafts from Midleton Distillery. From flavours and aromas, to cask selection and the wonderful stories behind each product, we will share insights into how Irish Distillers create some of the world’s most enjoyed Irish whiskeys. Season 3 - A Perfect Blend A Perfect Blend is a new Irish whiskey podcast mini-series that shines a light on the remarkable partnerships at the heart of our craft. Our guests will reveal the secrets to their art as we delve into what motivates and inspires them. In each episode, people with a shared passion from the world of whiskey come together to talk about the journey that lead them to becoming masters in their field. Join us as they celebrate their calling, their craft and the power of collaboration. Brought to you by Irish Distillers. Season 4 - A Story of Irish Whiskey - Bonus - The Making of a Master Distiller Kevin O’Gorman took up the baton as Master Distiller at Midleton Distillery in July 2020. This special episode of A Story of Irish Whiskey retraces Kevin’s journey to Master Distiller. Beginning with his experiences of growing up on a farm in Co. Cork to his first impressions when he walked through the doors in Midleton in 1998, Kevin reflects on the moments and memories that have shaped him and brought him to where he is today. 

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May 14, 2019 59 sec
Every family has ‘secrets’.  

And family dynasties surely have more secrets than most. 

How exactly does generation after generation seemingly have the Midas touch, conquering markets around the globe from the US to China? But then you find yourself in a crisis.…..  

This is the story of three families who found themselves in this position…  

A Story of Irish Whiskey and how three families saved it from extinction

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The year was 1966 and Irish whiskey was on its knees, about to go out of business after nearly two hundred years of economic and cultural success.

In one last roll of the dice the three main whiskey families – Jameson, Powers and Murphys – came together to see if their family legacies could be saved, by joining forces after centuries of rivalry.

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May 22, 2019 15 min
In the 1800s, Irish Whiskey was the whiskey of choice around the globe with Irish distillers controlling about 70% of the world market.

The Chicago World Trade Fair in 1893 was the high point with a 30-foot round tower made entirely of Powers whiskey bottles epitomising the ambition, scope and standing of Irish whiskey on the world stage.

Innovation and individuality singled them out, but from being Kings of the World, came t...
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May 22, 2019 14 min
First came war, then revolution, quickly followed by Prohibition and economic trade wars, all outside of their control.

Having once conquered the world, the fall, when it came, was swift, and by the middle of the 20th century, Irish whiskey was on its knees.

To save themselves and Irish whiskey, the Jameson, Powers and Murphy whiskey families had to come together in a last bid for survival, but could old rivalries be buried?

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May 22, 2019 20 min
As the Irish whiskey families met in 1966 in Tourin House, Co. Waterford, to discuss a merger, suspicions between the Dublin and Cork rivals proved difficult to reconcile.

Norbert Murphy was the patriarch of the Cork Distilleries Company who was wary of the motives of the Jamesons and Powers up in Dublin.  

The rivalry was century’s old, heightened when the Dublin whiskey companies labelled their whiskey with an ‘e’ to distin...
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May 22, 2019 19 min
Coming together might have saved Irish whiskey, for now, but despite huge re-investment, it was still struggling to make an impact once again around the world.

Fending off hostile take-overs, it needed to grow quickly or Irish whiskey as a product would soon disappear.

Pernod-Ricard’s welcome take-over in 1988 offered a game-changing platform to the world and the Irish whiskey renaissance finally began and an ancient Irish in...
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In this special bonus episode, buried in the Irish Distillers’ archives, the secrets of the ‘Punishment Book’ are revealed.

Find out how the workers’ perk of daily grog could be stopped – a punishment that no worker would want to suffer – and why the colossal mistake made by one worker, Bill Scully, had serious consequences for the distillery.

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This additional episode gives insider access to the launch of A Story of Irish Whiskey. Recorded live in Dublin city centre, you will hear first-hand accounts from our craftspeople and guests in conversation with the producer, as they reflect on the history of Irish Distillers over the decades and how it now lives on as a podcast.      A Story of Irish Whiskey:  Launch Night Exclusive
 
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Welcome to the Irish Distillers Tasting Club a six-part series for whiskey lovers. 

Over the series we’ll meet true masters of their crafts from Midleton Distillery. From flavours and aromas, to cask selection and the wonderful stories behind each product, we will share insights into how Irish Distillers create some of the world’s most enjoyed Irish whiskeys. 

In our first episode, host Ger Garland meets Dave Quinn, Master of...
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Welcome to the Irish Distillers Tasting Club a six-part series for whiskey lovers. 

Over the series we’ll meet true masters of their crafts from Midleton Distillery.  From flavours and aromas, to cask selection and the wonderful stories behind each product, we will share insights into how Irish Distillers create some of the world’s most enjoyed Irish whiskeys. 

In episode 2, our host Ger Garland meets Master Blender Billy Lei...
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Welcome to the Irish Distillers Tasting Club a six-part series for whiskey lovers. 

Over the series we’ll meet true masters of their crafts from Midleton Distillery.  From flavours and aromas, to cask selection and the wonderful stories behind each product, we will share insights into how Irish Distillers create some of the world’s most enjoyed Irish whiskeys. 

In episode 3, our host Ger Garland talks to Master Distiller Bria...
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Welcome to the Irish Distillers Tasting Club a six-part series for whiskey lovers. 

Over the series we’ll meet true masters of their crafts from Midleton Distillery.  From flavours and aromas, to cask selection and the wonderful stories behind each product, we will share insights into how Irish Distillers create some of the world’s most enjoyed Irish whiskeys. 

In episode 4, our host Ger Garland is joined by Master of Maturat...
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Welcome to the Irish Distillers Tasting Club a six-part series for whiskey lovers. 

Over the series we’ll meet true masters of their crafts from Midleton Distillery.  From flavours and aromas, to cask selection and the wonderful stories behind each product, we will share insights into how Irish Distillers create some of the world’s most enjoyed Irish whiskeys. 

In episode 5, Master Blender Billy Leighton returns to discuss on...
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Welcome to the Irish Distillers Tasting Club a six-part series for whiskey lovers. 

Over the series we’ll meet true masters of their crafts from Midleton Distillery.  From flavours and aromas, to cask selection and the wonderful stories behind each product, we will share insights into how Irish Distillers create some of the world’s most enjoyed Irish whiskeys. 

For the final episode in this series, our host Ger Garland is joi...
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A Perfect Blend, the newest season of the Irish Distillers’ A Story of Irish Whiskey podcast that shines a light on the remarkable partnerships at the heart of our craft. Our guests will reveal the secrets to their art and delve into what motivates and inspires them.   

In each episode, people with a shared skill from the world of whiskey come together to talk about the journey that led them to becoming masters in their field, cel...
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A Perfect Blend, the newest season of the Irish Distillers’ A Story of Irish Whiskey podcast that shines a light on the remarkable partnerships at the heart of our craft. Our guests will reveal the secrets to their art and delve into what motivates and inspires them.   

In each episode, people with a shared skill from the world of whiskey come together to talk about the journey that led them to becoming masters in their field, cel...
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A Perfect Blend, the newest season of the Irish Distillers’ A Story of Irish Whiskey podcast that shines a light on the remarkable partnerships at the heart of our craft. Our guests will reveal the secrets to their art and delve into what motivates and inspires them.   

In each episode, people with a shared skill from the world of whiskey come together to talk about the journey that led them to becoming masters in their field, cel...
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A Perfect Blend, the newest season of the Irish Distillers’ A Story of Irish Whiskey podcast that shines a light on the remarkable partnerships at the heart of our craft. Our guests will reveal the secrets to their art and delve into what motivates and inspires them.   

In each episode, people with a shared skill from the world of whiskey come together to talk about the journey that led them to becoming masters in their field, cel...
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Kevin O’Gorman took up the baton as Master Distiller at Midleton Distillery in July 2020. This special episode of A Story of Irish Whiskey retraces Kevin’s journey to Master Distiller. Beginning with his experiences of growing up on a farm in Co. Cork to his first impressions when he walked through the doors in Midleton in 1998, Kevin reflects on the moments and memories that have shaped him and brought him to where he is today.  
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