☘️ Jameson Distillery 🥃

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I’m not much of a whiskey drinker, but I really enjoyed learning about how Jameson Whiskey is made. I took a tour of the Jameson Distillery free with my Dublin Pass. Jameson is considered to be the top selling Irish whiskey in the world. I took a tour through the distillery in on Bow Street in Dublin to learn how the whiskey is distilled compared to other whiskeys. Jameson has been distilling their whiskey on Bow Street since 1780. They have expanded their operations to the town of Midleton in County Cork. Next, you will learn about how it’s made. The whiskey is made up of both unmalted and malted barley, maize, and water. Then, it is aged in either sherry or bourbon casks. Secondly, you will come to a room where you will find two other types of whiskeys besides the Jameson and learn how many times they are distilled before tasting them. During the tasting, we compared the Jameson whiskey which is distilled three times to the Scotch whiskey, which is distilled twice. Then, we moved on to the American Jack Daniels whiskey, which is distilled only once. There is definitely a smoother taste the more often it is distilled. Finally, when the tasting tour came to an end, we were allowed to get a complimentary drink in JJ’s bar. As my complimentary drink, I had the ginger ale and lime mixed with the Jameson Whiskey, which complemented the flavor of the Jameson very nicely. If you are interested in checking out the Jameson Distillery’s online, I have attached both the Dublin and Midleton links down as well as the Dublin Pass below!

Jameson (Dublin):https://www.jamesonwhiskey.com/ie/visit-us/jameson-distillery-bow-st

Jameson (Midleton): https://www.jamesonwhiskey.com/en/visit-us

Dublin Pass: https://www.dublinpass.com

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Guinness Storehouse 🇮🇪

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One of my most favorite attractions in Dublin was the Guinness Storehouse. The Guinness Storehouse is located right in St. James’s Gate Brewery and is Ireland’s most visited attraction. It consists of seven floors that include the brewing story, cooperage and transport, the tasting experience, world of advertising, Guinness Academy, food and drink, and finally the Gravity Bar. It’s hard to believe that Guinness is made with only four ingredients, which include water, barley, hops, and yeast. At the beginning of the tour, the tour guide tells us “you are starting your journey at the bottom of the pint glass,” because as we looked up, it looked like we were standing at the bottom of a pint glass. As we spiraled up to each floor as we continued through the tour, we learned each step of the beer making process. When we walked into the tasting room, they had aroma smelling stations of each of the four ingredients before we tasted the beer. Yummy! The next floor had their advertising room with displays of their digital and TV advertising campaigns across to the world. Next, was the Guinness Academy where we had the option to use our free ticket to learn how to pour the perfect pint, or we could get our free pint up at the Gravity Bar. I chose to spend my free ticket by getting a free pint at the Gravity Bar. As we entered the bar, we were suddenly surrounded by a breathtaking 360° view of Dublin. As you’re leaving the storehouse, you can take a horse and buggy ride to your next destination in Dublin. If you are interested in checking out the Guinness Storehouse online, click here: https://www.guinness-storehouse.com/en

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Pouring the perfect Guinness Pint

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Wow, what an amazing time I’ve had in Dublin. One of the things I always wanted to do in Dublin was pour my own pint of Guinness. This is such an amazing opportunity that I think everyone should take advantage of if they are ever in Dublin. You can pour your own pint at the Guinness Storehouse or there are a few pubs that will let you pour your own pint if you ask. I went to Ned O’Sheas Pub to learn how to pour a pint and had a blast! It is an excellent pub near the river in the Viking Quarters with an amazing atmosphere. You can pour your own Guinness pint, and find a variety of traditional Irish dishes. The Guinness stew is a great dish to have on a chilly day while sipping on a pint of Guinness. Finally, after pouring the perfect pint you can celebrate by drinking the pint and take home the certificate they give you with your name on it. They also have t-shirts that says “I POURED THE PERFECT PINT AT NED O’SHEA’S DUBLIN” for €15. For anyone who’s interested in checking out Ned O’Shea’s click here: http://www.nedosheas.ie

How to pour the perfect Guinness pint:

  1. Tilt the glass at a 45-degree angle
  2. Open the tap by pulling it all the way forward until it reaches just underneath the harp
  3. Set the glass down and let the Guinness sit for 2 minutes. This allows the beer to settle
  4. Once the beer is settled, put your glass back up to the tap and finish filling it, so you get that nice foamy top as shown in the picture above
  5. Enjoy!!!

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