LOCATION: Old Jameson Distillery. Dublin, Ireland
The Old Jameson Distillery is another MUST tourist attraction in Dublin. Ireland locals like to drink, so might as well do what they do.
The distillery has since been moved out of Dublin, but the tour house remains at the site of the original place. The Distillery is two stories high and sits above the original fermentation vats, which you can actually see through the glass floors in the main lobby area. The original distillery was called Bow Street Distillery and was established in 1780 and later taken over by John Jameson in 1810 where it stayed in the Dublin location until 1971. The distillery was a virtual city within a city as it took up 5 acres and housed various trades to include a smithy, cooperage, saw mills, engineers, carpenters, painters and coppersmith shops. Cellars for the whiskey were also dug underneath streets to store the maturing barrels.
The tour took you around the museum showed off its history but the main focus was to discuss the process in making the unique whiskey. Jameson’s recipe included a triple distillery process to make sure it was of the best quality.
The process to make whiskey included the grainstore, malting, milling, mashing, fermentation, distillery, maturation, marrying and vatting. At the end of the tour we were given three samples to try to see the difference.
First was a Scottish Whiskey that has a double distillery process, the second was Jameson and the third was Jack Daniels, and American whiskey with only one distillery process. You could really tell the difference and Jameson was by far the best. After the tastings you were allowed to grab your free mix drink of Jameson, ginger ale and lime and it as DELIOUCOUS. Definitely worth the visit.
*Thank you Lori and Ryan for accompanying me on this adventure.
Would I do this again? YES! This was one of the best distillery/brewery tours I’ve ever been on.
How to do this: Located off Bow Street in Dublin. Tickets are 14 Euros and include a free drink. Buy ahead of time as the tour times sell out very fast. https://www.jamesonwhiskey.com/us/tours/oldjamesondistillery