By: Ryan Gilbert
The Jameson Distillery on Bow Street is the location where the famous brand got it’s start and where it is celebrated by the hundreds who walk through its door everyday. A building filled with history and spirits, where a man and his family supported hundreds of Irish families with it’s motto “Sine Metu” or “without fear”.
My personal experience at the distillery was interesting to say the least. I hadn’t tasted straight whiskey before so it was something I was quite nervous to do. Learning about the process of making whiskey was my favorite part and the presentation about the workers who make the special drink captivated everyone who watched. When it finally came time to go to the tasting room I knew I had to man up.
I figured I would only have to taste a small glass and be done with it, but to my horror three shot glasses stood before me.
The next couple minutes went better than I expected. Tasting the differences between the single, double, and triple distilled whiskeys was something I’d never thought I’d be able to do, but I could taste how it went from sharp to mellow, and rough to smooth. After downing my remaining water I was excited to try the Irish delicacy in a little more subtle manner. Jameson’s best cocktail is Jameson Ginger and Lime, which after our tour I enjoyed very much. Especially on a hot summer day, the cooling ginger ale and the smooth whiskey combine perfectly to refresh and revitalize.
It’s really too bad we’re leaving Dublin so soon because I could get used to this.