John Jameson founded his whiskey distillery in Dublin in the year 1780. The cork distillers Company joined forces with their rivals John Jameson and John Powers to form the Irish Distillers Group in 1966. The Midleton distillery built by the Irish Distillers is producing now most of the Irish Whiskey sold in Ireland. Jameson Whiskey is produced from a mixture of malted and unmalted Irish barley. Malted barley is barley that has been allowed to germinate by steeping it in water. The barley is then dried in a closed kiln to preserve its clean malty flavors. Yellow-gold hue. Delicate floral aromas with grainy notes and heat. Light-bodied, very smooth and clean, with a touch of astringency on the finish betraying the grain character.