Barrels at the Jameson Distillery Middleton in East Cork
Irish whiskey is popular worldwide – and most people who come to Ireland would like to visit a distillery, learn more about how whiskey is made, and do a whiskey tasting. Popular brands like Jameson attract the most visitors, with the Jameson Distillery in Dublin getting the most attention. While a good experience, the attraction is often crowded, taking away from your experience.
If you want to get to heart and soul of Irish whiskey, an alternative way to visit a Jameson distillery is to visit the Jameson Distillery Middleton in East Cork, where Jameson has brewed whiskey since the early 17th century (even today, it is brewed in the New Middleton Distillery. Do a whiskey tasting at the end in order to taste the different varieties you’ve just learned about!
Ireland and whiskey go hand-in-hand, and there are no lack of distilleries here. For a step off the beaten path, try visiting the Teeling Distillery in the heart of Dublin, The Old Bushmills Distillery in Northern Ireland (not far from the Giant’s Causeway), or the Dingle Distillery on the Dingle Peninsula near Dingle Town.
If you can’t make it to any of the distilleries, most hotels provide whiskey tastings, and whiskey can always be bought in local pubs, though it won’t be the same experience!
For an exciting way to visit the Middleton Jameson Distillery and other world-renowned gastronomy of the south, see our sample tailor made itinerary, Cork & Kerry Gastro Tour.