Irish Whiskey Museum Dublin
Posted by Neil Hand on the 29th of March 2016 at 11:45:22
Whiskey is one of Ireland’s national drinks and the word “whiskey” comes from gaelic “uisce beatha”, which means “water of life”. At the new Museum located beside Trinity College, Dublin, you can learn all about the eventful past of Irish whiskey.
To give you a short overview, I would like to invite you to read my blog about the most important whiskey facts, and my personal experience at the Museum, located in the heart of Dublin.
It is said that Whiskey was invented in Ireland by Irish Monks and the first licensed whiskey distillery is Bushmills from 1608. Besides this fact, it is assumed that Celtic monks brought whiskey to Scotland. Therefore whiskey was produced not only in Ireland, also Scottish people started to brew their own Whiskey, which is spelled without the “e”: Whisky. The spirit is produced from fermented grain mash and aged in wooden casks. A spirit is any alcoholic beverage in which the alcohol content has been increased by distillation.
While most Scottish whiskey is distilled two times, Irish whiskey is distilled three times before it is bottled. In addition to that, Irish whiskey uses a lot of barley compared with Scottish whisky, and doesn't have that smoky taste. Also, it is rumoured Irish whiskey must be aged in Ireland for at least three years in woodencasksto be called whiskey.
During my visit to the Irish Whiskey Museum I learned about the varied past of Irish whiskey. The whiskey industry in Ireland had to face several downturns due to war and prohibition. Irish whiskey nowadays is experiencing a massive revival. Currently it is the quickest growing spirit category worldwide. Last year there were 4 whiskey distilleries operating in Ireland and today there are 15 more distilleries.
At the Irish whiskey museum you can join a fully guided tour, which takes about 1 ½ hours. In case you need to wait until your tour starts, you can enjoy an Irish coffee in the museum’s own bar.
The guided tour leads you through several rooms, which are all nicely decorated and represent an era in the history of Irish whiskey. Besides the guided tour, which is great fun,there are short animated videos in almost every room about the history of Irish whiskey.
So if you’re up to experience an interactive tour, where you can find more about Irish whiskey or want to attend whiskey tasting - let us help you.