Old Jameson Distillery Tour

We enjoy doing touristy things in Dublin every once in a while.  We set out on a recent Saturday to visit the Old Jameson Distillery to taste some fine Irish whiskey.  The tour is located in Smithfield and is easily accessible on foot or by Luas.

I liked this mini-Liberty Bell across the street.  There was no placard so I'm not sure of the significance of its presence.
We walked into the distillery and signed up for the tour.  The entrance is via a lovely old courtyard.
The trick to this tour is to raise your hand immediately when they ask for volunteers before the little introductory video.  They give you a green cardboard cylinder which entitles you to a more extensive whiskey tasting at the end of the tour.
A guide takes participants through the steps of the whiskey making process.  The experience is enhanced(?) by life-sized wax statues.
The steps in the process are:

  1. Malting
  2. Milling
  3. Mashing
  4. Fermentation
  5. Distillation
  6. Maturation
  7. Marrying and Vatting

The process is quite similar to the beer making process that we learned about at Miller in Milwaukee, WI until the distillation stage.
The color deepens considerably as the whiskey ages.  A significant amount of evaporation occurs during the cycle of maturation.
At last, we arrived at the end of the tour.  Everyone gets a mixed drink or whiskey on the rocks with the price of admission.
With our magic green cylinder, we got to taste and contrast Irish, Scottish, and American whiskies.
I was the only one brave enough to say that I liked the Scottish whisky the best because of the heavy peat.  Everyone else was polite to our host and called out Jameson as #1.  Overall, it was an educational and fun tour and worth an afternoon's adventure.

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