6 deadly whiskey distilleries and experiences to try out in Dublin
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Take a tasting tour of these Dublin whiskey distilleries.
Ireland produces some of the best whiskey in the world, and a great way to wet your whistle is to do so in a working distillery. On a guided tour, you'll discover the history of Irish whiskey and production techniques. Of course, you'll also get to swirl, sniff and sip a dram or two during a tasting.
Jameson Distillery, Bow Street, Dublin 7
On a tour of the historic Jameson Distillery, you can have a creative and craic-filled day shaking things up at a cocktail-making class or learning how to sip like a pro during a premium whiskey-tasting session. For those who like to get crafty, you can enjoy a hands-on experience where you make and blend your own whiskey and have a bespoke bottle to drink at home.
Teeling Whiskey Distillery, Newmarket, Dublin 8
When its doors opened in 2015, Teeling was the first new distillery in Dublin in 125 years. Three years later, it produced the first whiskey distilled in Dublin since the 1970s. On a guided tour, you'll discover the secrets of Irish whiskey, including how it differs from Scotch. You'll also witness the fermenters work their magic turning grain, water and yeast into alcohol which they then send to the copper pot stills. Finish in the tasting room, where you can sample Teeling's small-batch, single-grain and single-malt whiskeys during a guided tasting.
Pearse Lyons, James's Street, Dublin 8
Pearse Lyons is a unique working distillery in a church in the heart of The Liberties, one of the oldest areas in Dublin. On a visit, you will discover the whiskey production facilities and discover the colourful local history and compelling characters. Tours tempt the taste buds and blend culture and cuisine. For instance, you can enjoy an Irish whiskey and food pairing experience, a craft cocktail masterclass and a guided workshop where you make a bespoke bottle of whiskey to take home with you.
Roe & Co, James's Street, Dublin 8
Roe & Co Distillery is in the former Guinness Power Station, and taking its terrific tour gives you a flavour of Irish whiskey's history and distilling process. You can choose from a few different experiences. At the Flavours Experience workshop, you create bespoke whiskey-based cocktails. The Blending Experience involves a curated tasting and masterclass where you learn to make the perfect Whiskey Old Fashioned. And this autumn, you can book the brilliant On Common Grounds experience, a collaboration with Guinness Open Gate Brewery that celebrates the rich history of brewing and distilling in the Dublin 8 area.
Irish Whiskey Museum, Grafton Street, Dublin 2
Listen, learn and laugh as you take a guided tour of the Irish Whiskey Museum, where you'll discover the history of the spirit and its importance in Ireland's history. You can then enjoy an interactive tasting with a whiskey expert, and because this museum is independent, you get to taste whiskeys from a wide selection of distilleries. There's also an opportunity to craft and blend your own miniature bottle of whiskey, which makes for a very tasty memento.
The Dublin Liberties Distillery, Mill Street, Dublin 8
The beautiful building that houses the Dublin Liberties Distillery dates back to the 1700s. Originally a mill and for many years a tannery, today it is a state-of-the-art working distillery. On arrival, you start the fully guided tour with a delicious Dubliner Irish Whiskey Honeycomb drink before heading into the heart of the building for a step-by-step look at the Irish whiskey distilling process. Saving the best till last, in the intimate surroundings of the distillery bar or the blender's room, you'll have a tutored tasting of the distillery's blended and single malt whiskeys. Sláinte!
As the winter draws in, now is the perfect time to keep discovering what Dublin has to offer and warm up with a dram or two of Irish whiskey on a Dublin distillery tour.
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