Kevin O'Gorman

Our People

Meet Kevin O'Gorman, Master Distiller

“The production of Jameson is a complete team effort and could not be achieved without the input of the Family at Midleton.”

– Kevin O'Gorman

Aside from the sweet aroma of the Angels’ Share, there is something else in the air in the Jameson Midleton Distillery. Kevin O’Gorman’s words capture the unique spirit of teamwork that runs through Jameson from grain to glass.

Responsible for maintaining the quality of all new pot and grain distillates produced at Midleton, Kevin oversees the production process from brewing to distillation, and holds the position of tasting all whiskeys daily, to ensure the correct flavours and that pot still spiciness is present.

Kevin is also tasked with sourcing the casks used for maturing the raw spirit, smooth running of the maturation process and finally tending to the product as it matures in cask, including working with the 150-year aged wood from Northern Spain. A brand ambassador across the globe, Kevin represents Irish Distillers on an international scale.

Kevin is a master craftsman having started his career in Midleton in 1998, working as a distiller under the tutelage of Master Distiller Emeritus Barry Crockett. From there he moved to Maturation where he honed his skills under then Master of Maturation Brendan Monks before assuming the role of Master of Maturation on Brendan’s retirement in 2007. He was appointed to the role of Master Distiller in 2020.

Jameson Irish Whiskey

Jameson Irish Whiskey

As you can imagine, producing a blended Irish whiskey that has been enjoyed for over two centuries, takes a lot. But don’t worry, we’ve distilled over 200 years of courage, craft and a collective appreciation for taste, into one short account. So here’s the secret behind our signature smoothness – our process and our people.