Wednesday, June 10, 2020


Irish Distillers, has today announced the appointment of Kevin O’Gorman as the new Master Distiller at Midleton Distillery.

Kevin takes over the role from Brian Nation, who has served as Master Distiller since 2013. 

Irish Distillers New Master Distiller: Kevin O'Gorman

As part of his new role, Kevin will be responsible for protecting the rich heritage of the distillery’s Irish whiskey brands, ensuring the quality of all new pot and grain distillates produced at Midleton, while supporting future innovation.

A Cork native, Kevin is a Technology graduate from The University of Limerick and holds a Diploma in Distilling from the Institute of Brewing and Distilling. He is a master craftsman having started his career in Midleton in 1998, working as a distiller under the tutelage of Master Distiller Emeritus Barry Crockett. From there he moved to Maturation where he honed his skills under then Master of Maturation Brendan Monks before assuming the role of Master of Maturation on Brendan’s retirement in 2007.

Kevin successfully continued the ongoing innovation in maturation that has made Midleton famous, while working with the team in facilitating spirit options for new brands like Method and Madness and brand extensions in the Jameson, Redbreast, Powers, Midleton Very Rare and Spot range. In his previous role, Kevin spent much of his time travelling the globe to source only the highest quality casks from world renowned cooperages, while overseeing the full maturation process across the portfolio.

Commenting on the news, Kevin O’Gorman, said: “Since starting my career in Irish Distillers in 1998, I have been lucky to learn from masters like Barry Crockett and Brendan Monks about the intricacies of the whiskey production, from grain to glass. Of course, Brian Nation and I have also worked very closely together on distillation and maturation for the past 10 years and he will be missed by all his friends at Midleton Distillery. I am excited to use my experience to drive the sector forward by producing innovative new whiskeys that will delight whiskey fans over the coming years.”

Brian Nation, is now set to take on the role of Master Distiller at a start-up distillery in the US.

Posted by Steve Rush