In 1780, John Jameson opened a small distillery on Bow Street in Dublin, Ireland. Little did he know that his new operation would one day be one of the most well-known names in the world of whiskey.
While there isn’t any whiskey being made at the Bow Street location these days (operations were officially shut own at the location in 1971), its doors are open to the public for tours and tastings. Open as a tourist stop since 1997, the location currently sees between 300,000 and 350,000 guests each year. More a Disneyland experience than your traditional distillery tour, we recently had the opportunity to be one of those guests, and boy was it amazing.
Highlights included seeing some of Jameson’s old labels, a side-by-side tasting of Jameson against some of its competitors, and a Jameson Ginger and Line at JJ’s Bar, a bar named after the distillery’s founder. We also took home a bottle of Jameson 12-year, something only available to those who visit its Bow Street location, and got certified as an “Official Jameson Whiskey Taster” (gotta update LinkedIn with that one).
If you’re a whiskey fan and headed to Dublin, then it’s definitely a must see. Tours start every 15 minutes between April and October, and every 25 minutes from November to March. They fill up quickly, so if you plan on stopping by it’s in your best interest to book a ticket online ahead of time.
If you don’t have a trip planned anytime soon, click through the gallery for a quick tour of the distillery you don’t need a ticket for.
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