While sailing Holland America’s 14-Day Celtic Explorer Cruise on the ms Prinsendam, we spent a day in Dublin, Ireland. There’s much to see and do, and we explored many of Dublin’s highlights by walking around the city. One activity that we had planned in advance was a visit to the Old Jameson Distillery on Bow Street in Dublin’s Smithfield neighborhood.
Although Jameson Irish whiskey traces its beginning to this location, in 1976, production was moved from Dublin to the New Midleton Distillery outside of Cork, Ireland. While researching things to do while in Dublin, we learned that a $12.6 million refurbishment of the Jameson Distillery Bow Street was completed in March, 2017.
We had pre-booked the Dublin: Jameson Whiskey Distillery Tour and Tastings.
At the appointed time, our group was met by a Jameson Ambassador. This knowledgeable young woman entertained us as she shared the story of how John Jameson built a world-class brand from this location. We learned about the triple distillation process results in an exceptionally smooth whiskey.
Then our group got to understand the Jameson “difference” first hand during the comparative whiskey tasting part of the tour. Although I’m not a big whiskey fan, this was an impressive presentation that left participants with a good understanding of the differences between Scotch whisky, American whiskey and Jameson Irish whiskey.
One the tour and tasting was complete, each participant was given a coupon for a complimentary drink in JJ’s bar. You could either have Jameson “neat” or Jameson, ginger and lime, which proved to be a tasty way to enjoy Jameson.
The Dublin: Jameson Whiskey Distillery Tour and Tastings lasts about 40 minutes, and it is a fun and informative experience.
Are you a fan of Jameson Irish whiskey?