The Jameson Whiskey Distillery Bow St. Dublin and the Jameson Distillery in Midleton, Co. Cork, both closed for months due to Covid-19 restrictions, are now offering tours of their distilleries.
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Tours are being conducted with social distancing and other measures in place to keep the public safe.
As is customary with all tourist attractions in Ireland right now, pre-booking is essential.
All visitors to the distillery are being asked to provide a valid photo ID and proof of either vaccination or proof that they have recovered from Covid-19 in the past 6 months.
Masks are mandatory.
Here is some more information on both Jameson distilleries.
Jameson Bow St. Distillery, Dublin
The Bow St. facility is where the original Jameson distillery was founded.
However, it wasn’t always known as Jameson’s Whiskey.
In the early days, it belonged to the Stein family, who were related to John Jameson’s wife, Mary, both of whom moved to Dublin from Scotland in 1788 to manage the Dublin distillery.
Jameson acquired ownership of it in 1805, which is when it became known as the Jameson Distillery.
In 1975, the production of the Jameson brand was transferred to a facility in Midleton, Co. Cork.
The Bow St. Experience Tour includes an explanation of the whiskey-making process, which also includes information on the innovative practices the company has used over the decades to make Jameson the number one whiskey brand in Ireland, as well as being popular around the world.
A whiskey tasting is also included in the 40-minute guided tour experience as well as a complimentary drink at JJ’s Bar and a comparative whiskey tasting.
The tour is €25 for adults and €19 for students and seniors aged 65 and over.
The tour is also available in French, but only at select times and dates.
Additional experiences at the Bow St. Distillery include a 90-minute whiskey cocktail-making masterclass hosted by a Jameson Ambassador, a whiskey cocktail-making class, and a secret tasting, including the opportunity to taste whiskeys exclusive to the distillery.
Jameson Midleton Cork Experience
For a more in-depth Jameson experience, you should visit the Jameson Midleton Distillery in Co. Cork.
That distillery produces most of the Irish whiskey sold in Ireland under the Jameson, Midleton, Power, Redbreast, Spot, and Paddy labels.
The guided tours available at the Jameson Midleton facility include a behind-the-scenes tour, which includes a short film and a walk around the grounds and key distillery buildings, in addition to a premium whiskey-taking experience.
Other guided tours will take you around the distillery, but you’ll also get a 20-minute whiskey tasting experience with a whiskey expert and the chance to taste and compare four of Midleton’s premium brands.