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Barry Crokett
Master Distiller, Jameson

Barry Crokett is a Master Distiller for Jameson Irish Whiskey at Midleton Distilleries in County Cork, Ireland. He is also a member of An Taisce (The Irish National Trust) and shows his interest in conservation in the natural and built environment.

His father, Max Crokett was a distiller for the Cork Distilleries Company, and Barry was raised in the Distillers' cottage at Midleton within the distillery complex. Working his way through the Laboratory at the Distillery in Midleton, he learned the distillation at the Power's Distillery at John's Lane. He later became a production supervisor at Midleton and then a master distillery at Midleton.

Jameson Irish Whiskey has been produced in Ireland since 1780 when John Jameson established the distillery in Dulblin. The whiskey is produced with pure Irish water and a combination of malted and unmalted Irish barley. It is distilled in large copper pot stills and aged in bourbon-seasoned American oak and sherry-seasoned Spanish oak casks.

In 1988, The Irish Distillers Group became part of Pernod Ricard and distribution of Jameson in many markets around the world was entrusted to affiliates of the Pernod Ricard Groupe. Since 1988 the brand has grown over 129% worldwide, selling a million case in 1997. Past 10 years, the Old Midleton Distillery has been revitalized as a heritage centre which received 15,000 visitors annually.

The original root of this Irish whiskey is unclear, but most historians agree that around the 6th century missionary monks brought the secret of distillation to Ireland. The world's oldest distillery was founded in Ireland in 1608 AD, according to Jameson.

More:
- Tasting Note: Jameson
- Distillery Journey
- Cocktail Recipe: Whiskey
- Cooking with Whiskey
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