Dublin was good to me, with 20 hours to kill before my next flight I maximized my time. First I grabbed a bite to eat as I figured out what my plan was. I knew I wanted to visit the Jameson distillery, trinity college, and Temple Bar. From there I had every intention of getting lost and enjoying whatever was brought my way.
As I came to the realization Trinity College was one block behind me, the rain started flowing. Making an executive decision, I zipped my raincoat and put my camera in my waterproof backpack heading straight for the building. With a quick walk by and appreciation I continued my mission to find the Jameson distillery. It took a bit of getting lost and discovering on a tram map that I was standing two blocks away.It was spectacular! The Jameson building is still quite original. They have done some renovations recently but kept much of the original work.
On the tour, I really learned quite a bit about the process of making whiskey and what makes scotch, Irish whiskey, and Tennessee whiskey different from each other. Between the ingredients and the style of distilling, each has a distinct flavor to it which I was able to identify during our tasting to understand. The energy was upbeat and the staff was very knowledgeable! I was a little bummed I couldn’t purchase a bottle with my brother’s name on it but that was my fault – I didn’t have my checked luggage with me and wouldn’t be able to take it through security.
After the tour, I made my way back to the temple bar area of Dublin and found the bar of the same name. I listened to live pub music and had a drink before wandering the streets until I was too tired and had to return to the airport for fear of falling asleep! At the airport, I mastered the art of putting chairs together to create a bed and took a well deserved nap before going through security at 4am!