Fodor's Expert Review Kilbeggan Distillery Experience

Kilbeggan Winery/Brewery/Distillery

It's the whiskey (the Irish spell their traditional tipple with an "e") that brings most people to the unassuming little town of Kilbeggan, home of the Kilbeggan Distillery Experience, the oldest pot-still distillery in the world and the last of its type in Ireland. Established in 1757, it closed as a functioning distillery in 1954, but has since found new life as a museum of industrial archaeology, illustrating the process of Irish pot-whiskey distillation and the social history of the workers. The glorious timber waterwheel has been restored and repainted, and is now creaking again. Four different types of tours are available. The one-hour Apprentice tour (€14) includes tasting three whiskeys; on the 90-minute Distillers tour (€30), you get to taste all four Kilbeggan core brands: Kilbeggan single grain, Kilbeggan Irish whiskey, Tyrconnell single malt, and Connemara peated single malt. The Artisan tour (€65), which lasts 2½ hours, is sensory and focuses on an enticing mix of... READ MORE

It's the whiskey (the Irish spell their traditional tipple with an "e") that brings most people to the unassuming little town of Kilbeggan, home of the Kilbeggan Distillery Experience, the oldest pot-still distillery in the world and the last of its type in Ireland. Established in 1757, it closed as a functioning distillery in 1954, but has since found new life as a museum of industrial archaeology, illustrating the process of Irish pot-whiskey distillation and the social history of the workers. The glorious timber waterwheel has been restored and repainted, and is now creaking again. Four different types of tours are available. The one-hour Apprentice tour (€14) includes tasting three whiskeys; on the 90-minute Distillers tour (€30), you get to taste all four Kilbeggan core brands: Kilbeggan single grain, Kilbeggan Irish whiskey, Tyrconnell single malt, and Connemara peated single malt. The Artisan tour (€65), which lasts 2½ hours, is sensory and focuses on an enticing mix of cheese pairings, essential oils, and premium whiskeys. For the serious whiskey lover, the Connoisseur Experience tour, costing €85 and lasting 3½ hours, includes tasting all the whiskeys in the Kilbeggan portfolio and bottling your own sample from an aging cask to take home.

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Quick Facts

Lower Main St.
Kilbeggan, Co. Westmeath  Ireland

057-933–2134

www.kilbegganwhiskey.com

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Rate Includes: Free for shop and bar

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