Midleton Distillery -Old and New

Midleton Distillery is home to the whiskeys we will be tasting this Thursday at Nektar in New Hope. The distillery in use today is not the one founded in 1825 by the three Murphy Brothers. They bought what was once a wool mill in County Cork from Lord Midleton and converted it into what we know as the Old Midleton Distillery. There, The Murphy brothers installed the world’s largest copper pot still with a capacity of 31,618 gallons. They produced a variety of whiskeys, including Cork Distillery Whiskey (now known as Paddy Whiskey) in the 19th century. Today, the old distillery has been converted into a tourist center. The new Midleton Distillery was constructed next to the old distillery in the early 70’s and is home to many of Ireland’s best...

Mash Bills in America

Did you know that mash bills are really only used in American whiskey production? American distilleries refer to the proportions of grains used as their “mash bill”. There are quite a few distinct styles of traditional American Whiskeys. Pennsylvania style ryes traditionally carry over 80% rye in their mash bills. Traditional Maryland style ryes are closer to 60% rye, balancing the mash bill with corn and a small amount of malted barley. (George Washington’s original rye whiskey from Mt. Vernon was 60% rye, 35% corn and 5% malted barley.) Bourbon, called “America’a spirit”, is at least 51% corn and is flavored with either rye or wheat grains and a small amount of malted barley. Corn whiskey is at least 80% corn, usually more. These traditional mash bills grew...