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During our Holiday in Ireland we only pre-booked the Kilbeggan Distillery. Along the way it turned out we came across more opportunities with regards to Whiskey related topics. I was fortunate enough that we could include them in our travel schedule.
The Old Jameson Distillery - Dublin
For the second day we had scheduled to beat the crowds and visit the The Old Jameson0 Distillery in the morning. This is the old location of the distillery before they moved the production process to Midleton near Cork. We had planned to take the tram to a stop close by, but as the Dublin Marathon was held on this day the Tram did not get to our Hotel, and vice versa. So we walked to the Experience.
Arriving to the The old Jameson Distillery you are first presented with the entrance to a small square. At this square there is the actual entrance to the Distillery Experience.
When you enter the glass doors you enter the reception area. Here is the ticket counter, the shop, some artifacts from days gone by, the waiting area and a huge eye catcher of a bar. There is a lot to see while you wait for your tour to start.
As this is no longer a working distillery the tour is more an experience and a show-and-tell. The dark environment gives the tour some character, but makes it difficult to make pictures.
A nice touch is the simulated warehouse where 'glass bottom barrels" show the influence of time on the spirit; The so called Angels Share.
Next stop is a small room with standing tables for a small tasting. With the standard tour there is a comparison tasting between three countries.
The first being an Irish whiskey represented by the Jameson Original expression. The whisky from Scotland is represented by the Johnnie Walker Black Label. The third one is the Jack Daniels whiskey from the USA. Although not defined my guess is that it was the standard Old No. 7.
After the tasting you are invited into a second bar area where you can sit and talk while you sip on your complimentary drink. There is also the possibility to create your own Jameson Irish Whiskey Taster Certificate.
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