Ireland may be famous for its beer and stout, but if Whiskey is more of your tipple there are some places you must visit on your next trip over! There has been a lot of growth in Whiskey production over the past few years and whiskey is now 3rd on the drinks export charts. There is certainly a lot of interest in “Water of Life” as some may call it. Ireland has over 30 distilleries in various stages of production or planning. So, if this is your tipple of choice, Irish Whiskey Experiences you must have are:
This is a relatively new attraction, located on top of Grafton Street in the heart of Dublin. Good thing is that Irish Whiskey Museum is not associated with any brand so you can get an unbiased guide. There are several options you can go when having a tour but premium sounds like a winner!
Fully guided 40-minute tour will go through the history of this brand and discovery of triple distilling that gives Jameson it’s special smooth taste! Of course, you will get to enjoy a comparative taste test on your tour. You can also opt for cocktail making class or go full in and do The Whiskey Tasters experience – a 40 minute in-depth and sensorial tasting Jameson Original, Jameson Crested, Jameson Distillery Edition and Jameson Black Barrel Cask Strength.
Fairly new attraction, The Teeling Whiskey Distillery is the first new distillery in Dublin in over 125 years and has revived the craft of distilling back in the very heart of Dublin city centre. It is located in the area legendary for distilling in the “olden” times, when Dublin was known for unique whiskey with smooth taste and character. If you want to visit the only operational distillery in the city, this is the place to check out!
One of the best shops in Dublin if you are looking to stock up on the Whiskey (and other drinks, check out their excellent gin selection as well) is on Dawson street. They have regular tastings in shop and you can even sign up for some of their masterclasses. Great shop to visit!
A few years ago several pubs got together to form a Galway Whiskey Trail – in a bid to get you to taste some of the best Whiskey selections on the west of Ireland. Go through Garavans pub located on Williamsgate street, Freeneys Pub on High street, Tigh Neachtains at the corner of Quay Street (next door to Barnacles Galway hostel) and The Salt House Bar on Ravens terrace are just some of the places you should visit while tasting your way around Galway.
Deserving mention of its own, Garvans Bar has an award-winning Whiskey menu including a tasting menu. Garavans is family run since 1937, and you won’t find a better selection of whiskey in the west. Try their extremely potent Irish coffee if you’re feeling daring.
Whiskey Section at Dublin Airport
Your last chance to stock up on Irish Finest is when leaving the country in the sizable Whiskey Section of Dublin Airport. Dream for whiskey lovers!