When in Ireland, you must commit to the Irish ways to enjoy the local experience! Cheers lassies and laddies because we are about to take you through our Trip Advisor’s pick to tour the local Jameson Whiskey Distillery. First, a shout out to TripAdvisor for allowing us the opportunity to partner with them on this experience! Be sure to check out their website to see what city you are in has to offer.
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We choose to explore the Jameson Distillery while we were in Dublin! Check out the tour below!
Jameson Whiskey was created in 1780 by John Jameson but not formally established until 1810. Today, Jameson is the world’s third largest single distillery whiskey. It is produced from a blend of grain whiskey and single pot still whiskey. This includes a mixture of malted and unmalted barley which is all sourced within a fifty mile radius around the distillery in Cork. Jameson has received many awards and recognitions over the years for its highly rated international spirit ratings. Their Rarest Reserve is rated as one of the Top 20 whiskies in the world by Proof66.
Our VGB Squad happened to be staying right in front of the Jameson Distillery in Dublin, so we made sure we arranged a tour. Now, I am not a whiskey drinker, or even a drinker for that matter. But when in Ireland…do as the Irish! The tour was sectioned into 3 parts and each session captured our full attention. It lasts about 40 minutes with 30 participants. You get a comparative whiskey tasting and a complimentary drink in JJ’s Bar!
Part 1: Virtual History
To keep things modern and interesting, the first part of our tour was the history of Jameson Whiskey. Our tour guide lead us to a dark room, and the show began! There was a projection on the center table that followed his commentary on the foundation of Jameson. If you get bored with history, I promise you won’t be bored during this presentation. Our tour guide was knowledgeable and passionate and with the technology twist, it captivated us all. It was the perfect amount of information. Not too much, but enough to understand and appreciate it.
Of course, five American women stand out from the crowd so we received some fun attention with the group of about 25 others. We were welcomed with open arms, and the statement of, “We will prove our whiskey is better than yours!” We of course couldn’t wait and were excited for the opportunity to try it!
Part 2: How They Make It
This part may have fleeted my mind a bit, but the tour guide goes into detail about what makes Jameson different than other whiskies. You are led into another room where you are able to smell the barley, hops, and other ingredients while the technology keeps rolling on! It is like you are in a show instead of an old fashion tour. You get to see all of the effort and time goes into making each bottle.
Part 3: Taste Test
The part everyone waits for, the taste testing! Ady was sick, so I was excited to get these shots down her to hopefully help clear up some of her congestion. Who knows if it worked, but her spirits were high afterwards! We said “cheers” and slowly tasted the best selling American, Scottish, and Irish Whisky available. I voted, and Irish was absolutely my favorite. They sure do know what they’re doing! Scottish Whisky was on the smoky side, and the American just lit my throat on fire. The Jameson Irish Whiskey was smooth and went down easy. They were right, they made the best in my opinion!
On a side note, this set up was beautiful. Notice the backlighting and arrangement of each sample. They even gave you a glass of water to cleanse your palate.
For those of us who needed to be taught how to take a sample, that training was available too! I thoroughly taste tested my first two in the correct way, but by sample three, I slung it back like I was in a bar on college night. And no one even judged me!
After the three part tour, we were able to get a free drink that comes along with your ticket purchase. That’s right…3 shots and a free drink. We tried the local favorite which is Jameson, ginger, and lime. It was delicious and the perfect combination.
The tour also takes your through a gift shop, which is pretty fun! They have all types of gifts for everyone you can think of. They also have different things such as personalized whiskey bottles that you can customize with your name!
Here are some of our fun photos we shot while taking the tour!
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If you are ever in Ireland, stop by the Jameson Distillery. We promise you will have an incredible experience, and be able to cheers with loved ones!
Jameson Distillery Bow St., Bow Street, Smithfield Village, Dublin 7, Ireland
Jameson Distillery, Midleton, Ireland
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