Private Dublin Whiskey Tasting Experience
Enjoy learning about Irish whiskey and exploring the city, all while tasting whiskey with a private guide. On your tour, you will:
- Enjoy two hours of whiskey tastings with a private guide and whiskey connoisseur.
- Try 5 different whiskeys throughout the tour, learning about flavour profiles, how whiskey is made, and what the hallmark is of an Irish whiskey.
- Immerse yourself in Dublin’s vibrant whiskey and pub culture, exploring Central Dublin classics like Temple Bar and wandering off the beaten track to find pubs filled with locals.
- Finish your tour with a reserved table at one of your guide’s favourite watering holes, where you will be able to stay after the tour to continue with drinks or order food at your leisure.
On your private tour, as you taste whiskey, you’ll learn about the rich history of whiskey making in Ireland. As a little preview, here’s a brief history of the stories into which you’ll be diving with each sip. Irish whiskey dates back more than 1,000 years, when Irish monks began making their own “uisce beatha”. In 1608, The Old Bushmills Distillery in Co Antrim became Ireland first licensed distillery. By the middle of the 18th century, there were more than 1,000 registered distilleries in Ireland, as demand for whiskey reached saturation levels. In the 19th century, Irish whiskey sales were badly hit by the Temperence movement and the Great Famine.
Whiskey exports thrived, however, and America in particular was fast falling in love with the smooth nectar from the old sod. In the early 20th century, Ireland was fighting a War of Independence, and Irish whiskey became a major casualty. Prohibition in the US also badly hit exports. Scottish distillers were quick to seize the opportunity, and Scotch soon overtook Irish as the world’s favourite whiskey. In 1987, John Teeling launched Cooley Distillery, the first independent distillery in 100 years, marking the beginning of a renaissance for Irish whiskey.
Irish whiskey is now the fastest-growing premium spirit category in the world, and Whiskey tourism is growing in Ireland, too, with 814,000 people visiting Irish whiskey attractions in 2017. Learn about all this and more while exploring Dublin through whiskey with your private guide.