“Every drop of Jameson Whiskey in the entire world is a County Cork drop, distilled right here in County Cork, Ireland. And this is something we are infinitely proud of.” So said our tour guide. I’m a fan of understanding how things are made, even if I couldn’t quote you for the life of me now what that exact process is. And if your last name is McCarthy and there are 6 more of you, it’s a good fit to come to Midleton and understand your roots a little more.
My grandfather was a whiskey drinker, a love he only casually passed on to my dad and me. Eventually, I believe, he forgave us. And homage is important, and watching my dad make his dad smile from the grave during a whiskey taste at the Jameson Distillery is a treasure. The takeaway is this: Even if you prefer beer, when you have the opportunity to do past generations proud, seize the moment.