Did you spot them?
Depending on where you were in Cork yesterday evening, or this morning, you might have seen some giant copper pots being transported around the city. Plenty of images also made their way onto social media.
What you were seeing were two new giant pot stills being delivered to the county’s famous distillery complex in Midleton.
The distilleries at Midleton produce some of the most popular whiskies in the world, including Jameson, Midleton Very Rare, and Green Spot.
While we don’t have the exact dimensions for these bad boys, it’s safe to say that they are… bloody massive.
Great excitement in Midleton last night as two new giant Pot Stills arrived through the town for the Distillery.@pure_cork @PhotosCork #Ireland #NaturePhotography #WildAtlanticWay #ancienteast @ancienteastIRL #Cork #staycation #SummerSolstice #summer #tuesdaymotivations pic.twitter.com/7AdJH1OJiG
— Midleton Images (@midletonimages) June 22, 2021
Here’s some photos I got! New pot stills for @jamesonwhiskey @IrishDistillers feel so lucky to have had this happen in my door step! @Beausangmusic @Just__Tori_ @irishexaminer @rtenews @deshocks @NiallHawthorne @tomdoorley @echolivecork pic.twitter.com/9iIY1lZIn0
— guess who….. (@Auburn_queen) June 21, 2021
Two massive pot stills sit on Cork docks. It seems they are headed to @IrishDistillers in Midleton as demand for Irish whiskey soars globally, with 1.5 million casks currently maturing in East Cork. pic.twitter.com/Pm6nX45XIS
— Conor Keane (@ConorKeane) June 21, 2021
Photographer Colin Beausang even captured some fantastic drone footage of the pot stills on the move, which can be viewed here.
According to Distiller: “Pot stills form the basis of batch distillation. This means a specified amount of liquid goes into the still and gets distilled into spirit.
“Then the leftover dregs are dumped, the still gets cleaned out, and the whole process begins anew.”
“As the liquid heats up, more volatile elements begin to vaporise and move up towards the neck of the still. The neck—occasionally called a “swan neck” due to its sometimes slightly avian appearance —may be preceded by a bulbous structure called an ‘onion’ or an ‘ogee.'”