Irish Distillers Pernod Ricard - The spirit we share
600

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.

1171

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

1405

First documented reference to Irish Whiskey.

1517

Coffee first drunk in Europe.

1541

Irish whiskey becomes the favorite drink of Queen Elizabeth I.

1617

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."

1661

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

1700’s

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

1750

Industrial Revolution begins in Britain leading to mass urbanisation.

1755

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

1776

America declares Independence.

1779

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

1780

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.

1780

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.

1791

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

1825

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.

1830

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

1847

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.

1880

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.

1882

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

1886

Coca-Cola is first sold as a brain tonic.

1891

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

1895

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.

1908

The first Ford Model T rolls off the production lines.

1912

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

1919

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.

1921

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.

1922

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.

1923

Prohibition is repealed.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

1939

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.

1945

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

1964

Powers Gold Label, launched in the Irish market.

1966

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

1975

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.

1988

Irish Distillers Group joins French drinks company Pernod Ricard.

1996

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

2001

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.

2004

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

2010

Announce €100 million expansion at Midleton Distillery.

2012

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.