The most influential people in Irish whiskey

15th March, 2015 by Amy Hopkins

John Jameson

John-JamesonIt seems unlikely that when Scottish businessman John Jameson moved to Dublin to establish an Irish whiskey distillery in 1770, he would have believed the business would grow to become the world’s leading whiskey brand, selling 4.6 million cases two and a half centuries later.

But of course, this is exactly what happened. Jameson acquired Dublin’s Bow St Distillery and created his first triple-distilled whiskey in 1780, setting the groundwork for his namesake brand to achieve unimaginable success.

By 1810, his son John II had expanded the distillery to be one of the largest in Ireland and, in the late 1800s, his son, John III expanded the business globally to make it one of the largest whiskeys in the world. Few would argue that since its launch in the 18th century, Jameson Irish whiskey has near single-handedly pioneered both growth and innovation in the segment.

One Response to “The most influential people in Irish whiskey”

  1. Another one to watch is Irish Whiskey Writer Stuart McNamara who recently launched IrishWhiskey.com.

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