Official Whiskey Taster

Trip Start Jan 01, 2013
Trip End Jun 01, 2013

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Flag of Ireland  , County Cork,
Sunday, January 13, 2013

On Sunday we decided it would be fun to go to the Jameson Distillery in Midleton. The distillery is only about 20-30 minutes away from Cork City and is an enjoyable day trip. Now I know nothing about whiskey so I was a bit hesitant that I would enjoy it, but the Jameson Experience was very interesting. The tour consisted of going through the Old Mill Distillery and learning about the whiskey making process, which I knew nearly nothing about. The buildings were very interesting and we were guided through mills, malting houses, corn stores, still-houses that have been used to produce Irish whiskey for hundreds of years. The buildings within the distillery are almost identical from the day it closed, and the tour is like a journey through the history of Irish whiskey. 

 At the end of the tour they pick volunteers to become official whiskey tasters, and since I had never had whiskey before in my life I thought that would be a bad idea, but of course 5 of my friends were the first to volunteer, which was not surprising in the least. I am very happy I did not choose to be a whiskey taster because it entailed trying three types of whiskey: Irish, Scottish, and American. After my friends tried all of the different whiskeys, which included making some terrible faces, they said they liked Jameson the best, with a little persuasion from our tour guide. 
Also, at the end of the tour everyone gets a complimentary glass of Jameson whiskey. Now since I had never had whiskey before, I wanted to try it straight first...terrible idea, I don't know what I was thinking or who I thought I was, but it was pretty awful. I then mixed it with ginger ale, which wasn't half bad, but whiskey is definitely not my drink of choice I think I'll just stick with my beer for now. All in all the day at Jameson was an interesting and educational experience and was a unique look into Irish whiskey history.

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