A Tour of the Jameson Whiskey Distillery | Things to Do In & Around Dublin, Ireland Travel

A short while back, I wrote about my trip to the Guinness Storehouse, and today I’d like to share a bit about a similar, yet entirely different, tour in Dublin, Ireland.

The Bow Street Distillery in Dublin is one of two Jameson locations that are open to the public and it was one of the most informative tours that I’ve done.

You start with a guided tour that details the process of making whiskey and we learnt tons of interesting facts about the barrels that are used and how they affect the taste of the whisky. The tour groups are small, so you’re able to ask your guide as many questions as you like and it’s quite fun and interactive.

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After the guided tour, you’re brought into a room where you get to taste Jameson mixed with either Coke or Ginger Ale and a few of those in the group are selected to do a blind tasting where they need to identify where each of several whiskeys originates. 

You’re then free to wander the shops and do as you please. 

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John Jameson and Son Irish Whiskey was founded in 1810 when John Jameson and his son took possession of the Bow Street Distillery. Jameson was a Scottish lawyer who married into brewing. His wife, Margaret Haig, had brothers who owned Haig distilleries and her cousins were also a distilling family from Scotland.

Jameson was one of the six main whiskeys in Dublin, but it has since moved its distillery to Cork. Today it is the world’s third largest single-distillery.

A Tour of Jameson Whiskey in Dublin, Ireland | Eurolinguiste

Jameson Old Distillery
Bow St, Smithfield Village
Dublin 7, Ireland

Tel: 353 1 807 2355

What about you?

Have you ever visited any historic distilleries, breweries or wineries?

If you have, I’d love to hear about your experience in the comments!

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  • Marta

    Although I am not a fan of whiskey myself, I appreciate and admire people with genuine passion for something. Be it food, travel, learning languages… I have lived in Ireland for the last 7 years but still somehow managed to not visit any of the major sights which Dublin has to offer!

    I am actually writing this comment to thank you for your invaluable input on this blog/website. I have used your French and Mandarin Chinese recommended language resources and they are both amazingly great! I have not yet found a better collection of resources on any other polyglot’s blog/website. Thank you again and keep up the work!

    I admire you for speaking so many languages. I am only starting my journey now. I really wonder why have not I started earlier?

    • Hi Marta,

      I’m actually not a whisky *fan* either. I just love visiting places like this though to learn about the process, the history, and have a fun experience. Plus, it is related to food in a way, so it’s all good fun for me. I also find taking tours in other languages can be incredible language practice.

      Thank you for your kind words. I am so glad you enjoy my resource pages. I sincerely appreciate you taking the time to let me know.

      And I too wonder why I didn’t start earlier! But, we can’t do much to change what we did or didn’t do, only what we are doing and will do. 🙂

  • I’ve only toured distilleries in the US, but I was a big fan of Buffalo Trace! I’m not much of a whiskey drinker but I use it a lot in my cooking, and it was wonderful to learn just how much work, effort, and precision went into the making of their product. I have dreams of touring and maybe even doing an internship on wineries in Italy someday, just to learn their process and to experience the passion that goes into the making of my favorite beverage!

    • I agree! Learning the history and process is a huge part of why I enjoy these tours so much. My mom and I actually seriously considered doing training as sommeliers, but the course didn’t fit our schedule. Oh well…

      I’ll have to add Buffalo Trace to my list. I’m itching to go out to Jack Daniels…