Jameson Distillery, Dublin

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Bow Street, Smithfield Village, Dublin 7 +00 353 (0)1 807 2355

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    JAMESON WHISKEY, THE PRIDE OF IRELAND

    by davidjo Written Aug 8, 2015

    Even though you are not interested in taking the Jameson Distillery Tour it is still worth popping into the reception area to look at the souvenirs, still , various artifacts, and last but not least the whiskey bar. John Jameson started making whiskey when he was 40 years old in 1780 using 3 distillations. I guess he never realised that the business would still be going strong 235 years later.
    The souvenir shop sells backpacks, pens , umbrellas, bags, clocks, measures, glasses, hip flasks and many more items, all with Jameson on them. After or before your tour you van enjoy some whiskey or a meal in the 3rd Still Restaurant. The restaurant and bar seemed to be doing a brisk business when i passed by in the mid-afternoon. Tours start at 10 am and the last one is at 5 pm, and the distillery is open 7 days a week.

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    Bottoms up

    by Assenczo Written Apr 22, 2015

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    Dublin is a very distinct city. There is no other location on the globe where the visitor's options of sightseeing would be gravitating exclusively around drinking alcohol. Beer, hard liquor... you name it! For the non-drinking prudes it must be totally dull (they have the choice of contemplating the origins of the nocturne as musical genre) and for their debauching opposites - paradise on steroids. Jameson was overdoing it by expecting you to change sides from Scotch to Irish whiskey and they might as well be successful in producing some converts. Or shall we say, turncoats!

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    Jameson Distillery Tours

    by ValbyDK Updated Jul 31, 2012

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    Jameson was founded in 1780 by John Jameson, and whisky was produced on this Dublin site until 1971. The buildings and machinery are now restored, and you can join a guided tour around the old distillery.

    The tour starts with a video entitled ‘The Story of Jameson Irish Whiskey’, and then continues through the stages of whiskey making: Malting, milling, mashing, fermenting, distilling, and maturing… All the way from grain to glass... The tour ends at the Jameson Bar where you can have the glass of Jameson that is included in the entrance ticket...

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    Jameson Distillery

    by Airpunk Updated May 8, 2011

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    I would only recommend this place, if you are deeply interested in whiskey, have a sympathy for this brand or have a good reason any other than see what’s going on there. Although similarly priced, it is not nearly as good as the Guinness storehouse. It is not bad, but I would have expected more for the price.
    First, the building was once the place where Jameson Whiskey was made, but is now a museum only. Production ceased here in 1971. The tour through the building is only guided. When you buy your ticket, you are assigned to a tour with a letter ranging from “A” to “D”, check out the screen when the tour with the letter is going to start from the lobby. While you wait, there is the possibility to stroll trough a small exhibition, trough the shop or enjoy a drink. It begins with a video presentation and the picking of volunteers. Raise your hand, if you like whiskey  The tour lasts around an hour and here you will be informed about how whiskey is made, the difference between Scotch and Irish whiskey and some of the history of the Jameson distillery. I missed some more background about company culture.
    At the end, you will have the chance to taste some chance to taste some Jameson whiskey and the volunteers will participate in some very special whiskey tasting. That’s the reason you you raise your hand up early.
    Our guide was good, but there wasn’t this special atmosphere between guide and audience I have experienced in Ireland and the UK many times before. As I said, it is not bad. I enjoyed it, but I think that it is far overpriced.

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    Jamesons Tour

    by jo104 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    This is no longer the place where they make the Jamesons but if you have a love for whiskey it may be worth a visit for you. The tour takes you through the whole process and ends in a sample of Jamesons.

    Irish whiskey is triple distilled as opposed to Scottish whiskey. I was considering taking the tour but at Eur13.50 I decided not to especially as the guide picks out people to sample and spot the difference between Scottish and Irish whiskey and what if that was not me.

    Also for those people in the UK do not be fooled that purchasing your Jamesons in Ireland is cheaper then back home because its not. I walked here from O'Connell street and it is a bit off the beaten path

    I did however sample a lot of different Irish whiskeys Jamesons, Paddys, Powers and Bushmills (N.Ireland) and still think Jamesons is smoother

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    Jameson Distillery - Dublin

    by leafmcgowan Updated Dec 5, 2010

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    Irish Whiskey is the bloodstream of the Irish. Of course the most traditional of which is Bushmills. However Bushmill's up and coming, modern edge and adapting to the future tastes of the world is Jameson Irish Whiskey which was introduced in 1780. Jameson Irish Whiskey is a single distillery whiskey produced by a division of the famous Absinthe distillers "Pernod Ricard". They focus on the "single distillery" principle as opposed to the "single malt" tradition, yet combines malted barley with unmalted or 'green' barley giving credence to their infamous 'pure pot still' distillation tradition. They take locally grown barley, sourced within a 50 mile radius of the Cork distillery, dry it in a closed kiln fired by clean-burning anthracite coal to preserve the flavor, and triple distilled for optimum smoothness for balance in hat no one flavor will over power the other thus creating a sweet tasting whiskey. The Company was started by John Jameson as the "Bow Street Distillery" in Dublin in 1780. James was a Scottsman who had married into a Scotch whiskey family - the Steins. James began one of the six main Dublin Whiskeys to be produced, even though Jameson today is distilled in Cork and some vatting takes place in Dublin, with distillery tours held in both cities. Jameson boasts of annual sales of over 31 million bottles and holds the record for being the third largest single distillery whiskey in the world and the best selling Irish Whiskey in the world. The Jameson Distillery tour was 5 times better than the Bushmills Distillery Tour, and much more worth your money. It also includes a whiskey tasting at the end and unlike Bushmills, Jameson with its modern edge explorations, highly encourage you to mix your whiskey with other elements to explore the diversity of taste, sensation, and change of consciousness .... Rating: 5 stars out of 5.

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    The Old Jameson Distillery

    by mvtouring Updated Nov 3, 2010

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    I decided to do whiskey tasting on my second trip to Dublin and chose Jameson as South Africa is their biggest importer. The old distillery is set in the heart of Ireland’s thriving capital city, Dublin, and it really captures the imagination and the spirit of Ireland! When our tour started we were shown a short video of how it all started and then we had a lovely lady that took us on our tour and leading us through the fascinating story of JAMESON. You will be taken on the path through malting, milling, mashing, fermenting, distilling and maturing before the tour ends with a visit to the JAMESON Bar where you can enjoy the ultimate whiskey tasting experience. After your tour, you can browse in the gift shop or lunch in the restaurant before running off to the next tourist attraction. They ask for tasting volunteers before the video clip and please do volunteer, it is a lot of fun and you get a certificate at the end of it all to hang on your wall as a lovely momento of your tour.

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    Volunteer When they Ask!

    by kehale Written Apr 15, 2010

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    In the true spirit of being tourists, we headed off to the Old Jameson Distillery one afternoon. We had missed a tour by one group of people in line ahead of us, so while we waited, we enjoyed a drink from the beautiful bar in the main area of the Old Distillery.

    The bus driver we had before we went in, had advised that at the start of the tour when they ask for volunteers, that you should put your hand up. Especially if you enjoy Whiskey, and getting drunk... so my boyfriend took his advice. The tour was informative, and interesting. Though I prefer the way the Guiness Storehouse is set up more, where you guide your own tour and read as you go. (We had an excellent tour guide though, so she made listening to someone talk more bearable!)

    Afterwards in the bar, the free drink was great, and my boyfriends volunteer experience was memorable! I won't give away the secret... just make sure you volunteer!

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    Worthwhile Whiskey

    by Jase1177 Updated Jul 22, 2009

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    Sure, taking a tour of a small (former) distillery may be cliche & "touristy", but the Old Jameson Distillery was an enjoyable time. The presentation and tour were much better than the Guinness tour, and definitely less crowded (tranquil in comparison).

    The distillery is on the grounds of the original Jameson Whiskey distillery that is no longer the main production site. The distillery is well-maintained, giving homage to its roots. In the entrance lobby, visitors can see the original foundations for the casks beneath a glass floor of the bar. The timed tours first start with a short intro by the guide, and then a well-produced (if over-dramatic) 10 minute history film. The guide then walks the group through the various stages of production, explaining the process along the way. The talks and the displays are fairly interesting, although the first room is a little too Small World for me ;-) At the end of the tour, guests are invited to have a drink of Jameson in one of several styles including straight-up, with Coke, or with cranberry juice. As guess sit in the dark wood drinking hall, eight chosen volunteers are brought up to do a taste test of Jameson, Scotch, and American whiskeys. There is a small gift shop with different Jameson offerings, as well as Jameson adorned products.

    Overall, I think Jameson is worth the time and effort, and offers a calmer alternative to Guinness. It has a classier feel and look to it.

    Cost: €13.50

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    Sine Metu, or the story of Jameson Irish Whisky

    by Jefie Updated May 21, 2009

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    I really didn't know much about whisky before walking into the Old Jameson Distillery - I came out knowing how whisky is made and that what makes Irish whisky so much smoother than Scotch whisky and Jack Daniels is its unique triple distillation :o) Whisky was produced at the Bow Street Distillery from the company's creation by John Jameson in 1780 until the distillery moved to Cork in 1971. The building in Dublin was then restored and opened to visitors. Our tour began with a short video, and we then followed our tour guide around the building as he explained the main steps involved in the creation of the perfect bottle of Irish whisky. It could have been a rather dry tour (no pun intended!), but our guide was so funny that it turned out to be quite entertaining!

    At the end of our visit, we all took a seat in the tasting room, and a few volunteers were asked to sample and compare three brands of whisky. Of course, they were a bit hard-pressed not to choose Jameson as their favourite whisky, but they all genuinely seemed to like it better than the other two. Not to be completely left out, we were all offered to choose between a glass of whisky on the rocks or mixed with ginger ale or cranberry juice. And that's when I learned another very important lesson: Irish whisky and Canada Dry go incredibly well together!

    Because visits are by guided tours only, there might be a bit of a wait if you haven't booked in advance, but you can wait while having a drink at the really cool bar. There's also a restaurant - I didn't eat there but the menu looked good and reasonably priced. Tickets: 13.50 Euros.

    Old Jameson Distillery on Bow Street, Dublin Waiting at the bar for our tour to start Learning how Irish whisky is made Our group's volunteers sampling some whiskies Whisky and ginger ale for me, please!

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    Great Irish Coffee

    by rcsparty Written May 9, 2009

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    This is an absolute must stop in Dublin. I enjoyed this stop much more then the Guinness Brewery and the crowds are much smaller. You learn the history of John Jameson and the way Jameson Whiskey is made. The distillery was originally built in 1780, but is now just a museum. You have to take a guided tour to see the museum. They also have a bar area inside, which make the best Irish Coffees I've had this side of Buena Vista in SF.

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    The Old Distillery

    by lina112 Written Mar 26, 2009

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    A visit to the OLD JAMESON DISTILLERY is an unforgettable experience that will transport you back in time to the days when one of Ireland’s greatest entrepreneurs, John Jameson, first made the whiskey that is our legacy today.

    Re-live the story of John Jameson & Son through the history , the atmosphere and above all the taste. You will discover the time honoured secret of how three simple ingredients - water , barley and yeast - are transformed into the smooth golden spirit that has always been and continues to be Jameson Irish Whiskey. After the Tour , all visitors are rewarded with a Jameson signature drink and lucky volunteers are selected to participate in a tutored whiskey comparison and earn a much coveted personalised Whiskey Taster Certificate.

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    Where it all begun!

    by lbhspatriot Updated Jan 15, 2009

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    A unique tour of its kind, The Old Jameson Distillery tour covers the true spirit of Ireland. Originally built in 1780, this Distillery is now a museum only with fun interactive tours and interesting guides with a great sense of humor!
    A visit to the OLD JAMESON DISTILLERY is an unforgettable experience that will transport you back in time to re-live the story of John Jameson & Son. First you see a movie about John Jameson and then you move on to the exhibition where You will discover the time honoured secret of how three simple ingredients - water , barley and yeast - are transformed into Jameson Irish Whiskey.
    After the Tour , all visitors are rewarded with a Jameson signature drink and lucky volunteers are selected to participate in a whiskey comparison and earn a personalised Whiskey Taster Certificate(which I did!).

    Tour Rates:
    Adult - €11.00
    Student - €9.00
    Senior Citizen - €9.00
    Under 18s - €6.00
    Group 15+ - €9.00
    Internet rate 10% discount.

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    We liked it

    by Turska Written Mar 24, 2008

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    We haven´t been so many places like this before,and we found it interesting.I´m not so much a whiskey-lover,but I took it with coke,and it was bettre than I thought.For whiskey-lovers this is of course a sin to do..We were surprised to see allmost everyone drink their whiskey with cranberry juice.We had never seen that before,and my husband has even been a waiter!
    Our guide was Italian,and maybe that´s why she spoke "not so Irish way"and was easy to understand.(In the Dublin castle we had little troble to understand all of the guides stories).

    Special mention must be given to guy in ticket-office.When he saw us,he asked"Do you allready know good places,where they play your kind of music?"We told,that actually no.He took a map,and write and draw there places we should visit.It´s fun,when you can see from the look of someone,witch kind of music you like.We are like friends,even if we don´t know each other.Once we even got a table in restaurant witch was full,when waiter realized,we are like him.Sometimes I wonder is it so obiuos really?

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  • Whisky Galore

    by mattalthor Written Aug 30, 2007

    This guided tour was very good. The guides are enthusiastic, if a little hyper. The whisky is good, the tour is well organised. I recommend.

    The one bug-bear is 4 volunteers do some tasting at the end, they get a certificate...i think everybody should get one!

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