Since our tour of the UK and Ireland was organized solely around booze (London Dry gin, whisky/whiskey and Guinness), it's only fitting that we return to the original theme here. Our new friends agreed to come along with us to tour the Old Jameson Distillery in Dublin, just over the Liffey from where we were staying, on our last day in Ireland.
We showed up and kind of just marveled at the slick old-meets-new feel of the place.
Located in Smithfield at the Bow Street Distillery since 1780, you walk through the front and are faced with an enormous historical copper pot still, but once inside it's all gorgeous exposed beams and brick mixed-use open concept space, with a massive bar in the corner and see-through glass floors that give a unique glimpse into the belly of the distillery beast beneath your feet!
Bites and beverages are available in the restaurant upstairs while you wait!
Even though actual production now takes place in Midleton Distillery in Cork, the original Dublin distillery has been painstakingly restored to give folks a look at what it was like when Bow Street was an operating distillery, pumping out an impressive one million gallons of whiskey annually at the turn of the 19th century. Fun fact: Vatting (or blending) still happens in Dublin!
When it's your turn, things begin in a little theater, where you get a bit of history about Mr. Jameson and whiskey in general, and how it differs from other varieties around the world.
It's here where the guide selects a lucky few for a special post-tour tasting, and guess who from our group?
Of course M won a thing at Jameson. With a certificate and packaged flight to-go and whatnot.
The next part guides you through a series of fascinating rooms depicting scenes from the seven stages of whiskey making, from malting to milling and maturation. Many featured hands-on pieces from the old distillery, others adorably staged miniatures of what it once looked like, with tiny workers and menacing cats lurking in corners and everything!
It was a great tour that moved at a nice, brisk pace, and it felt just as appropriate and entertaining for newcomers to whiskey as to aficionados. We definitely recommend it. Can't wait to return to Ireland to visit the one in Cork...
OUTFIT - FFAF:
I'm wearing a dress from Zara with an H&M belt and my vintage brogues.
OUTFIT - M:
M's wearing H&M shorts with a vintage cardigan layered over a plain white dress shirt and a striped cotton t-shirt also from H&M, and her Aldo shoes.
Can you spot the pin on her cardigan?
This quirky older gentleman at a vintage shop made them - they're wee tiny figurines of football (soccer) players, and as soon as she saw them she had to have one!