Hi, my name is Henry, and I studied Process and Chemical Engineering in UCC. I have just completed my two years on the Jameson Graduate Distiller Programme. The graduate distiller programme is a great opportunity for anyone who wants to know what it takes to make a whiskey, being exposed to the entire production process - from grain to glass.
A vast amount of effort goes into our production process with input from many people with a variety of skills. This programme offered me the chance to see in detail what happens behind the scenes, and gave me the opportunity to contribute myself. The initial training laid a great foundation for what was to come in my first year. Starting in Dublin, we learned about our products, history of the company and the goals set for the future. Then we went to Fox and Geese where we learned about the bottling operation and how important this step is in meeting our consumer needs all over the world. From there it was down to Midleton for 6 weeks of training with introductions across all areas of the plant. Having completed training, I started work in the Micro Distillery, which was a fantastic experience, and learned to operate three pot stills to produce unique distillates for the future and with no automation in the Micro it was quite interesting to do everything by hand. I also got to spend time in the R&D pilot plant as part of trials for a new product. In Spring, I became a part of the commissioning team for three new pot stills which were installed in the main site to increase our distilling capacity. With all of this experience as a graduate distiller, I also fulfilled my duties as a Production Ambassador. With this role, I got the opportunity to share my knowledge and understanding at many whiskey events throughout the year. I have recently been offered a position as Distiller in the Micro Distillery, Midleton, and firmly believe that the graduate programme was a great learning curve and motivated me to apply for the role in which I was successful.