Having warmed up my palate here, I then embarked on the real purpose of my trip - to visit a working Whiskey Distillery. A three-hour bus trip took me to the world- renowned Midleton Distillery. Home to the world’s largest pot still, this nearly 200-year-old beauty has a capacity of approximately 150,000 litres.
In 1975 the modern distillery, also home to Jameson, was built to meet the rising demand for Irish Whiskey. It’s a demand that continues unabated, with the owners Pernod Ricard recently investing 200-million-euros in new washbacks, stills and warehouses, increasing production to a staggering 64 million litres per year.
I felt mesmerised by the sheer scale, passion and heritage of this ancient whiskey tradition. What an honour to uncover just a little of Ireland’s history and mystical secrets. So different from that African night sky, and yet just as expansive. Two worlds apart!