Old Jameson Distillery

Old Jameson Distillery

Take a tour of our Jameson distillery and enjoy a host of unique experiences, from a workshop at the state of the art Jameson Academy to developing a new appreciation of Irish whiskey, from grain to glass.

Visit the workplace of Jameson to see for yourself where it all happens. Today, every drop of Jameson is produced here, amid the lush fields of southern Ireland. There’s not much simpler or more pleasurable than enjoying the world’s best Irish whiskey at source. Many guests of the Dublin Citi Hotel have enjoyed their time at the Old Jameson Distillery. On Sunday to Thursday they are open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday and Saturday until 8 p.m. You can get there by just walking for 20 minutes.


History of Jameson


-    Jameson’s Irish whiskey has a long history which they are indeed very proud of. The famous distillery you will visit with our great value combo deal is located on Bow Street in the cities Smithfield area. The distillery was first opened in 1780 but not under the same name we all know and love today. It was called The Steins Family Bow Street Distillery up until a Scotsman by the name of John Jameson stepped off the boat in Ireland and changed the Irish whiskey business forever.


-    John Jameson became General Manager of the Distillery in 1786 and by 1805 he took full ownership of the Distillery which he then also expanded. In 1810 the name of the Whiskey was changed to that we all know and love today, The John Jameson and Sons Irish Whiskey Company, or Jameson’s Irish whiskey for short. Jameson though had stiff competition as at the time his was not the only distillery in Dublin. In fact there were many other distilleries and many others like Jameson who wanted to impress and stand out from the crowd.


-    Jameson quickly grew and became Ireland’s biggest and one of the world’s biggest distillers of whiskey by the 19th century. It wasn’t all good times for the famous Irish distiller though as the 20th century brought some very hard times with it for Jameson’s. After Ireland declared its independence from Britain the distillery began to struggle. Trade war with Britain meant increased tariffs on exporting to one of the distilleries biggest markets. As well as this due to American prohibition the company’s largest market was cut off. The Whiskey trade in Scotland boomed as a result with cheap exports to Canada meaning they could also smuggle whiskey across the American border.

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