The Old Jameson Distillery is a top attraction when traveling to Dublin, Ireland.
It’s called The Old Jameson Distillery because, while whiskey has not been made here in nearly 50 years, it is the original site where Jameson Irish Whiskey was distilled until 1971. Now, it is a tourist attraction that provides a guided tour, whiskey tastings and a complimentary drink at the end of your tour.
The tour costs about $16USD and lasts for about 1 hour. You are first guided into an auditorium where you watch a 10 minute film about the history of the distillery. From there, you walk through the different sections of the distillery and learn all about how Irish whiskey is made.
Towards the end of the tour, you’re taken into a tasting room where everyone is given a chance to sample and compare three different types of whiskey: Jameson (Irish), Johnny Walker (Scottish) and Jack Daniels (American). They all taste so differently! I’m a fan of both Jameson and Johnny Walker but I would be lying if I said Jack Daniels didn’t bring me back to my college drinking days!
After the tasting, you’re ushered into an open space with plenty of seating and given a choice of either Jameson on the rocks or a Jameson ginger. There is also a restaurant on-site as well as a fun little gift shop.
This is a wonderful way to spend an afternoon but I probably wouldn’t do it on the same day as the Guinness Storehouse (see blog post here)!