"Our fearless founder stepped off a ship from his native Scotland to set up the Bow Street Distillery in Dublin in 1780."

Let’s get this out of the way. Ireland’s most famous whiskey was founded by a Scotsman. Having spent most of his life as a sheriff clerk, John Jameson arrived in Dublin as a middle-aged man. We’re not sure if we can put his decision down to a midlife crisis, but it was a big move for someone who had a well-established job at home.

When he set up shop, Bow Street wasn't the only distillery in this area. In fact, this part of Dublin was a whiskey making hotspot. The capital was booming at the turn of the 19th century and John Jameson wasn’t the only person trying to stake a claim.

The Story of John Jameson

John Jameson the fearless founder of Jameson Irish Whiskey


The Old Jameson Distillery may be closed until March but our Midleton distillery is wide open.

Our distillery doors are wide open