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old jameson's distillery
this is the site of john jameson's distillery which produced irish whiskey from 1780 to 1970. today it is an interesting museum explaining the production of whiskey and the difference between irish whisky and scotch whiskey. at the end of the 45 minute tour you can sample some of their products.
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A tour of the distillery is about €8 but we got in free with our Dublin pass. They don't actually make the whiskey on this site as production moved out of Dublin many years ago. However this allows them to take you right through the process without getting in the way. We had a very amusing guide who clearly explained the process and how Irish whiskey differs from American whiskey or Scotch. After the tour we were led to the bar area where everyone got a drink of Jamesons and their choice of mixer - water, ginger ale or cola. Jamesons and ginger ale is lovely and is actually known as a "Jimmy & Ginger". Three people were also chosen to take part in a comparison taste test between Jamesons, a Scottish whisky and Jack Daniels.
I'd say this tour is definitely worth doing and the building itself has been done up very nicely. They have a small bar/cafe area in reception plus the obligatory gift shop.
We decided to skip the more expensive tour of the Guinness warehouse and the Jameson tour was recommended by our new local VT friends. So Charles, Nathalie, my husband Joe, and myself took a nice walk along the Liffey river to the old distillery. Our new friends also prepared us for the fact that at the beginning of the tour they would ask for volunteers and that Nathalie and I should immediately raise our hands. Well, we were ready and when she asked for 2 men and 2 women volunteers, we were there with no hesitation. I got picked but she obviously didn't want to pick both of us because we were together. But she looked around the room and no one else was as fearless as we were so then she picked Nathalie too. So ciambella and ellenh are now certified, qualified Irish whiskey tasters. We have certificates to prove it too.
In anycase it was fun and informative and it was inexpensive.
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If you love Irish Whiskey go to the Jameson Distillery. It's not an active distillery, but they do age some whiskey there and it smells great in the room with the casks aging. You'll learn about the whole distillation process. Make sure you volunteer when they ask for them after the introductory film as you'll get to be a whiskey taster. The tour comes with a free glass of whiskey, but the tasters get to sample other brands for comparison purpose as well as get the regular glass. *hic*
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Jameson Old Distillery
The Jameson old distillery is another of the MUSTS in Dublin. The actual distilling is today performed in the distillery outside Cork on the south of the island.
The old distillery in Smithfield, Dublin 7 is today a fantastic museum of the art of making whiskey. Yes, it's supposed to be spelled with an "e", as that is the way the irish spell it. You will enjoy a guided tour in the distillery starting with a movie, then a tour and finally you get to taste the whiskey. Just remember that four volunteers will be picked after the movie to perform a whiskey tasting with five different whiskeys (2 male and 2 female volunteers). Be quick with your hand up!
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It used to be that only Catholics would drink Jamesons, and only Protestants would drink Bushmills. "The Irish drink for taste now," the bartender informed me at the Old Jameson Distillery when I mentioned something about this. Today, actually, both Jameson and Bushmill is owned by the same company, though one is in Ireland, and the other in the North.
Seeing as how this is one of the standard tourist things to do in Dublin, of course you will want to check this out. Just do one thing though. When you first start your tour and the guide asks for volunteers: raise your hand!!! If they pick you, you'll get to taste several different drinks. There are only 4 people they choose per tour...so get your hand up as quickly as possible.
The Jameson Distillery is housed in an old Jameson's warehouse which was last used by the company in 1972. This is now a museum featuring the 1000-year history of Irish whiskey, along with a small gift shop and restaurant. I enjoyed this tour more than the Guinness Brewery...mainly because it was less crowded and touristy. I also enjoyed a tasty Irish coffee with a shot of Jameson's!
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Old Jameson Whiskey Distillery
The Old Jameson Whiskey Distillery is a one of the top attractions of Dublin. For about two hundred years it functioned as a whiskey distillery, until it was closed down in 1970. The site now serves as a museum about the distillation and production of Jameson Whiskey. It has a guided tour which costs you about 8 euros.
The guided tour starts at the old cobbled stoned courtyard, next to an original copper still. In the first room, be on the lookout for Smitty the cat. He said to have caught about 20 mice a day when he was alive. He died and now is stuffed and on display. That was just creepy. After, there is a video presentation which shows the history of Jameson and the surrounding area. Then our guide explained the process of whiskey distillation and showed us some of the original equipment. At the grain store we were shown the malting, milling, and mashing processes. At the end we were shown, the fermentation, distillation, and maturation and bottling procedures.
The guide attempted to educate us on the differences between Irish and Scotch whiskey. We were told that for Irish whiskey the barley is dried over clean air while the Scotch whiskey is smoked over peat. This is why Irish whiskey is smoother while Scotch whiskey tastes smoky. Moreover, Irish whiskey is all triple-distilled which again improves the smoothness.
At the end of the tour, when they ask for a volunteer jump at the chance to get some extra tastes of whiskey. For those who volunteer they sample some of the different blends and try to pick out the Jameson whiskey. When finished, the volunteers receive a qualification certificate. If you did not volunteer you are given one shot of Jameson whiskey or a soft drink. Remember to add a drop of water to open up the flavor. At the bar you can sample and pay for some expensive whiskey such as the 35-year-old Jameson. Check out the store for some expensive toys.
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Old Jameson Distillery
They no longer brew whiskey here anymore, and the place exists only as a museum. The tour was very interesting goes through the entire process of production, from grain delivery to bottling. At the end of the tour, there was a whiskey tasting. (They ask for a several volunteers for tasting. Raise your hand!)
In the courtyard, you'll see a former distillery chimney (see photo), which is a 220ft. high observation platform where you can enjoy a wonderful view of the city.
For the Whiskey lovers
The jameson distillery was fortunately attached to our hotel so was great for convenience. In fact, our hotel was erected from the old distillery building and so still has plenty of character.
Great for those like my boyfriend who can stomach the smell of the stuff and differentiate the tatses. I am no fan or expert but still an interesting place to visit if you like that sort of thing.
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Jameson's tour is much like Guinness as you are not in the actual distillery but you do have a tour guide. There is a tasting at the end and several lucky people get to try whiskey from the U.S., Scotland, and Ireland. Someone traveling with me got the dubious honor and her cheeks looked warmed up by the end.
a nip of irish
a tour of the jameson distillray
a guide takes you round the distillary showing the process of making irish whiskey
and how it differs from scotch whiskey
you get a glass of whiskey at the end
if you are lucky you could be chosen to sample the difference between scotch and irish whiskeys
The Old Jameson Distillery
Old Jameson Distillery is the old whiskey factory where you can visit and know about the production of the irish "water of live" (Irish say the name whiskey come from the gaelic "Uisce Beatha" meaning water of live). You can pay a guided tour ending in Jameson Bar or begin the tour in a bar drinking Jameson before go to Destillery.
Ah... Irish people always do it better they say...
Whiskey... The lifeblood of many a Irish person in the 1800s and early 1900s until it was taken away from everyone while the Irish government prohibited export of the drop. Interestingly they say if it wasn't for this Scotch would not be in the dominant position it is in terms of sales.
Now it is upto everyone to return Irish Whiskey to number one drop of the world.
Do your share. Visit the Jamisons Distilery. Drink Jamesons over and over again.
When doing the tour take the offer to try extra whiskey when given the opportunity after the video.
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Jamieson Whiskey gets the thumbs up from us
The Jamieson brewery is also worth going to, the actual tour being quite different to the one at the Jamieson Brewery in Cork, which I visited in the mid-90's. You can sample the different types of whiskey, and also get a complimentary drink.
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