Whether we like to admit it or not we Irish people know a thing or two about drinks! In the last few years, we have seen an explosion of choice in the Irish drinks market. From craft gin to craft beers the choices are sometimes nearly endless. However, in one particular field Irish craft has been sought after for hundreds of years.
Around the world, people enjoy Irish whiskey for its distinct flavor and high quality. It’s no wonder then that during Taste the Island there are plenty of great events where you can sample some of the best. Whether you’re a seasoned whiskey drinker or just interested in tasting there’s a huge opportunity here to get your lips around the worlds best. This comes as part of my Taste the Island theme month, so there are plenty of other guides to events if whiskey isn’t your thing.
Whisky Live Dublin
On November 22nd and 23rd you’ll have the chance to really dive headfirst into the wide world of whiskey. Taking place at the Printworks in Dublin castle you’ll find out all you’ve wanted to know about that famous beverage. There will be over 60 exhibitors at the event, all of which will provide a sample for you to tickle your tastebuds with. Of course, there will be a huge amount of Irish producers there ready to give you in-depth knowledge of the process of making some of the world’s best whiskey. Along with these fine Irish producers, you’ll also have producers from around the globe presenting too. It is organized by the Celtic Whiskey Shop on Dawson Street and they’ll be providing experts to answer all of your burning questions.
This is a ticketed event but with your ticket, you’ll be able to sample premium whiskeys so get ready for a great day of tasting! Each day of the event will have a dedicated time for tasting. So make sure you get there in plenty of time to not only sample some of your old favorites but get your lips around some new discoveries.
The tickets cost around €44 and I would consider that pretty reasonable considering you get to taste some of the best whiskeys in the world. If you’ve ever been hesitant about whiskey or just weren’t sure where to start then this event is perfect for you!
The Powers Quarter Gold Experience 1st September - 30th of November
Probably one of the most historic brands of whiskey in Ireland is powers. Its story is intertwined with that of Dublin. As part of Taste the Island, Powers have launched a new interactive tour between six bars in Dublin that each tells a different chapter in the story of Powers. The heritage of this brand stretches right back to 1791. The area where the original distillery was is Johns Lane. Around this first distillery, a town within a town grew up, providing amenities for the workers in it. You can opt for the guided tour, which will break down all of the ways in which the brand and its founder James Powers grew this iconic Irish drink. Another option is actually to download a virtual map and wander around this historic quarter for yourself. No matter which you choose this tour is guaranteed to be absolutely fascinating.
Athlone Whiskey Tours, Sept 21st to Oct 26th
Believe it or not, Athlone was once the hub of whiskey production in Ireland. With over 270 years of rich history to call upon Athlone is one of the most historic whiskey producing towns in Ireland. At one stage in its history, it was a bustling hub of distilleries, breweries and malt houses. During the very peak of its production Athlone was shipping out 50,000 gallons of this liquid gold. It only makes sense then that during Taste the Island you’ll be able to experience the full range of this history.
Throughout September and October, every Saturday.there will be a guided tour that will explore the rich history of this whiskey producing town. Learn about all the different stories that went into making this town one of the most famous whiskey producers in the world.
the tour lasts around an hour and a half and of course, you’ll be able to sample some of the goods! You’ll be given 4 different whiskeys to try along with Chocolates that have been specially selected to pair with them. For more details on what you need to do and the costs make sure you head over to the website to get everything booked.
Raise a glass to Irish Whiskey!
Over our long history, we have conquered the world in a few ways. However one of the most enduring ways we have is through our production of whiskey. While Guinness might seem to get most of the spotlight, some Irish whiskeys are genuinely the envy of the world. So I can’t think of a better time than during Taste the Island to sample some of the best! If you liked this guide make sure to check out my landing page where I’ll keep you up to date on all of the best things that are going on for Taste the Island.