The Old Jameson Distillery - Dublin - Closed for redevelopment until March 2017!
The Old Jameson Distillery is closed for redevelopment until March 2017. Please check their website for further information.
The Old Jameson Distillery is located on the original site of John Jameson’s distillery in Bow Street in Dublin. This distillery, founded in 1780, was Ireland’s most famous distillery for nearly 200 years, until its closure in 1971, when distilling of Jameson Irish Whiskey was transferred to the Midleton Distillery. For many years the Bow Street Distillery lay abandoned, but today, once again, it is a hub of activity, welcoming visitors from all over the world.
This award wining brand home is one of Dublin’s and Ireland’s favourite attractions. Located on the north side of the city, it is an easy walk from the city centre along the river Liffey, a short bus ride with Dublin’s Hop on Hop off bus tours, or only 3 minutes’ walk from the Smithfield Luas tram stop. It is open throughout the year, with guided tours at regular intervals throughout the day.
Each tour starts with a short audio visual presentation, detailing the history of Irish whiskey and specifically the passion that founder, John Jameson, had in establishing his distillery. The Old Jameson Distillery was recreated in 1997 to bring the old distillery and story back to life. Although no distilling actually takes place here, it is an excellent way to understand the how and why of whiskey. Every step of the distilling process has been recreated, from malting and storing barley, to mashing and fermentation, to distilling and maturation. Guides are very friendly and often multi-lingual. The tour ends with a comparison whiskey tasting and a complimentary glass of Jameson or a Jameson Ginger & Lime cocktail. Guests can then enter their details on an Ipad and request their very own personalised Jameson Whiskey Tasting certificate. Tours can be booked on arrival or in advance online.
There is a very good restaurant on site, the 3rd Still, which is popular not just with tourists, but also with locals. The menu is both diverse and contemporary, the atmosphere relaxed and friendly and it offers a bird’s eye view into the bustling lobby below. In fact, if you peer over the balcony of the 3rd Still, you can see into the original foundations of the Jameson Distillery which were purpose-built to bear the formidable weight of the enormous whiskey vats.
A stop the ‘JJs Bar’ on the ground floor is the epicentre of Jameson mixology, where expert barmen create and delight guests with their own flavour infusions and Jameson cocktail recipes.
The Old Jameson Distillery includes an exclusive Jameson gift shop, where you can buy Jameson merchandise and the many different Jameson whiskeys produced nowadays. You can also purchase the Jameson Distillery Reserve, a 12 year old whiskey which is exclusively sold here and at the Jameson Experience in Midleton, and each bottle can be personalised.
For the whiskey enthusiast, both Jameson centres offer the "Bottle Your Own" experience. You can now hand fill a bottle of Jameson Select Reserve Cask Strength Black Barrel from a live bourbon cask, before personalising the label with your name, the date, the number of the cask, the bottle number and the alcohol strength (currently 59%). By logging your bottle in the Jameson Select Reserve Cask Strength Black Barrel ledger, you can ensure that your bottle becomes part of the history of Jameson forever. Price is Euro 100.