Wednesday, March 03, 2021


Irish Distillers, has today announced the appointment of Deirdre O’Carroll, as Blender at its Midleton Distillery in Co. Cork.

She will work with Master Blender Billy Leighton, and will be responsible for the development of new and existing blends, within the Irish Distillers portfolio of whiskeys.

New Midleton Distillery Blender: Deirdre O'Carroll

Deirdre, who holds a degree in Food Science and Technology from University College Cork and a diploma in Distilling from the Institute of Brewing and Distilling, first joined Irish Distillers in 2012, as part of the first year of their Jameson Engineering Programme.

She was part of the team involved the commissioning of the new pot stills in the Garden Stillhouse and the new columns in the Midleton Distillery expansion project. Most recently, she served as Bond Supervisor.

Commenting on the news, Billy Leighton, Master Blender at Midleton Distillery, said: “Deirdre was one of the first graduates to join as part of the Graduate Distiller Programme. The programme is designed to give graduates ownership of their career aspirations, supported by practical experience and training to help them succeed and Deirdre is a shining example of what success looks like. In a few short years, Deirdre has risen through the ranks, proving how competent and capable she is in the roles that she has held, most recently managing a team of 13 people. She is an invaluable member of the team in Midleton and I am delighted to announce her appointment as blender.”

Deirdre will also be responsible for the management of stock, including cask profile and age profile, as well as laying down stock for future generations.

Posted by Steve Rush