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If there’s one thing Ireland’s not short of, it’s whiskey distilleries, and that’s a great thing. If you know anything at all about The Temple Bar, you’ll know we love our whiskey and even have a few of our own special blends.
In Dublin alone there are several distilleries, so we’ll start here.
The story of Jameson Irish Whiskey dates right back to 1780, starting right here on Bow Street in Dublin. They’re still distilling fine Irish Whiskey here, although also now have another distillery in Midleton, Cork. You can visit the original factory in Dublin and immerse yourself in the Jameson history and story, taking classes, tours, tasting, and enjoying.
While the distillery itself may be relatively new, it rests on a long tradition of Teeling Whiskey distillers going right back to 1782. It was in 2015 that the current distillery was opened, just up the road from the original one on Marrowbone Lane. They’re open for tours seven days a week, with tours starting every 20 minutes and you can even hire the venue for special events.
Possibly the only distillery housed in a former church, the Pearse Lyons Distillery opened its doors in 2017. Despite the relative newness of the operation, Pearse Lyons himself hailed from a long ancestry in the distilling and brewing industry. He died in 2018, but his vision lives on. You can visit this fascinating distillery for a tour or to take part in a variety of whiskey and cocktail experiences.
Housed in the former Guinness Power Station in the Liberties area of Dublin, Roe and Co is the modern incarnation of the original brand that dates back to the 19th century. There’s a visitor centre, you can book a tour or workshop and learn about the whiskey-making and blending process, or pop into the Power House Bar for cocktails, food and other drinks.
Expanding out of Dublin in the 1960s, the Jameson Midleton Distillery in Cork is now one of Ireland’s most prominent distilleries, renowned for its triple distillation process. Despite only producing Jameson whiskeys since the 1960s, the site has long whiskey history dating back to the 17th century. It boasts the world’s largest pot still!
In the heart of Ireland, you’ll find the Tullamore D.E.W. whiskey distillery. If you’re wondering, D.E.W. are the initials of the original founder in 1887, Daniel Edmund Williams. You can taste the whiskey and tour the production areas of the distilleries along with the cooperage and maturation warehouses.
Arguably the world’s oldest whiskey distillery, having been granted the license to distil in 1608, Bushmills is still going strong on the North coast of Ireland using water drawn from the River Bush. There’s an on-site visitor centre and you can take a guided tour to see the whole whiskey making process right through to the aging warehouses.
A young, independent, small-scale distillery founded in 2012, Dingle Distillery punches above its weight creating a highly sought after and respected single malt. The location is gorgeous, on the west coast of Ireland and the Wild Atlantic Way. Well worth taking the tour to see the site, taste the spirits and enjoy the whiskey making process.
And of course, if you want to taste whiskey from any of these distilleries, along with ones we haven’t had space to mention, pop into the Temple Bar Pub. I bet we’ve got what you’re looking for!