Irish Distillers Pernod Ricard - The spirit we share

Irish Monks bring the alembic and the secret of distillation to Ireland from the Middle East - Uisce Beatha – (phonetically ish-ke-ba’ha) - the water of life is invented.


King Henry II invades Ireland and his English soldiers pronounce Uisce Beatha as ‘fuisce’, which evolves over time to whiskey.


First documented reference to Irish Whiskey.


Coffee first drunk in Europe.


Irish whiskey becomes the favorite drink of Queen Elizabeth I.


Sir Walter Raleigh celebrates a gift of "a supreme present of a 32 gallon keg of the Earl of Cork’s home-distilled uisce beatha."


The British Government introduces excise duty on whiskey leading to the establishment of many illegal producers.


Irish people take their whiskey distilling expertise wherever they emigrate, principally the USA and Canada.


Industrial Revolution begins in Britain leading to mass urbanisation.


Whiskey enters Samuel Johnson’s Dictionary - “The Irish sort is particularly distinguished for its pleasant and mild flavour.”


America declares Independence.


The North Mall Distillery, Co. Cork and the home of Paddy Irish Whiskey is established.


John Jameson & Son’s Bow Street Distillery is founded in Dublin on the north side of the Liffey. The Jameson coat of arms with the motto, "Sine Metu" refers to John Jameson's ancestors who had been granted the coat of arms in recognition of their pursuit and capture of pirates off the Scottish coast in the 1600s.


The Custom House in Dublin is designed and work starts the following year.

Ireland is allowed to trade with British colonies, paving the way for growth of Jameson worldwide.


John Power & Son’s Distillery is founded in John’s Lane in Dublin on the south side of the Liffey.


The Murphy Bros. found the Midleton Distillery, Co. Cork. This eventually becomes the home of all of the Cork Distilleries Company whiskeys, and they install the world’s largest pot still with a capacity of 33,000 gallons.


An Irishman, Aeneas Coffey, patents the Coffey Still, and introduces continuous distillation and creating a light flavored grain whiskey. Until this time all whiskey was produced from a batch process in pot stills. 1840: Phylloxera decimates the vineyards of France. Brandy becomes difficult to obtain and whiskey becomes the spirit of choice worldwide


Start of the Great Irish Famine in rural Ireland. Over 3 million Irish emigrate abroad to seek a more prosperous future, during the cause of the greatest tragedy in Ireland's history.


Over 400 brands of Irish Whiskey are on sale around the world and more than 160 distilleries are in full production to meet the demand.


Paddy Flaherty joins the Cork Distilleries Co. Ltd and creates the legend of “Paddy’s whiskey.”


Coca-Cola is first sold as a brain tonic.


Jameson begins to export its famous Three Star Whiskey world-wide.


Marconi, John Jameson's great-grandson invents the radio. Two million casks of spirit lie in Jameson's cellars, to supply the worldwide demand for the famous Dublin whiskey.


The first Ford Model T rolls off the production lines.


Midleton Distilleries Irish Whiskey is renamed Paddy Whiskey after Paddy Flaherty, its most famous salesman.


From 1919 to 1933 the Prohibition Laws in the USA decree that all production, importation and trade in alcoholic beverages is forbidden. This has a devastating effect on the Irish whiskey industry.


Economic war occurs with Britain. Trade sanctions are imposed on Irish whiskey sales to the British Empire. Many Irish Distilleries close as a result of this trade embargo.


Joyce publishes Ulysses. He adopts the Jameson
logo on his wallet. So delighted is he with the shared initials, he invents names of characters in his books
such as Mssrs Jhon Jhamieson.


Prohibition is repealed. In 1934 the US market
reopens. Unfortunately, there are not enough stocks of
Irish whiskey to take advantage of this opportunity.


World War II begins. Production is slowed due to shortage of grain supplies and the Irish government forbids neutral Ireland to trade with combatant countries.


American soldiers in Britain develop a taste for Scotch whisky and bring this back home to the USA.


Powers Gold Label, launched in the Irish market.


John Jameson & Son, John Power & Son and The Cork Distilleries Company combine to form the Irish Distillers Group.


A new distillery is built at Midleton, alongside the old. Over a period of five years, all of the old distilleries are closed as the new Midleton Distillery comes on stream.


Irish Distillers Group joins French drinks company Pernod Ricard.


Jameson sells one million cases worldwide, becoming the fastest growing international spirit brand.


Jameson is the world’s fastest growing spirit brand. Jameson is also given the Hot Brand status by the US magazine Impact, a distinction held to date.


Jameson is the world’s fastest growing international whiskey brand.


Announce €100 million expansion at Midleton Distillery.


Jameson sells 4 million cases worldwide.

Our History

Dillon Bass Limited was formed in 1990 to market and distribute wines and spirits throughout Northern Ireland. Based in Belfast our sales, marketing and administration staff aim to deliver best in class service to all our customers and consumers.

Dillon Bass has two shareholders, Irish Distillers Pernod-Ricard and Moët-Hennessy and is committed to upholding our company values, Real, Remarkable and Responsible.

Our portfolio consists of premium international wine and spirit brands produced by our shareholders alongside agency wines. World leading spirit brands such as Jameson Irish Whiskey, Hennessy Cognac and Absolut Vodka sit comfortably beside major domestic brands like West Coast Cooler and Powers Irish Whiskey.

Similarly in wines Jacob’s Creek, Brancott Estate, Concha y Toro and Sutter Home from the new world are complemented by Campo Viejo, Baron Philippe de Rothschild and Guerrieri-Rizzardi from Europe.

Last but not least, in the world of Champagne our portfolio is unsurpassed, Moët & Chandon, Veuve Clicquot and Krug are the undisputed brand leaders.