Jameson Distillery

Not only is Ireland known for beer, but one must also consider the whiskey.  So while there, the Jameson Distillery was high on my list of places to visit.  I wanted to get the full tour of how this drink happens, from start to finish (aka drinking).  So, scheduled a tour for the distillery in New Midleton.  This provides for 1.5+ hours of very educational background on the whiskey, working through the 3 steps it goes through and then sampling of 3 whiskeys.  One from the US, Scotland and Ireland.  Very unique tastes to each.  And you get a certificate at the end that you’re an Official Jameson Irish Whiskey Taster.  How can you go wrong with that?

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Thomas Read, Dublin

While enjoying many local brews in Ireland I wanted to give something else a try.  Stopped by a nice bar, Thomas Read, in Dublin one day and asked the bartender if he had any suggestions.

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He asked he could whip up a concoction of his own.  How could I turn that down?

It all started with some Jameson, some Ginger Syrup (similar to simple syrup but he doesn’t use heat to make it) and bitters.

IMG_3121Of course some rocks were added.

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Stirred carefully.

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And then he took so much time and care with the lemon rind I can not even begin to explain it!  This drink was good.

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