The Midlands Travel Guide

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Tullamore Dew Visitor Centre

  • Winery/Brewery/Distillery
  • Fodor's Choice

Published 01/20/2010

Fodor's Review

Along the banks of the Grand Canal, Tullamore Dew Visitor Centre—in a 19th-century bonded warehouse—trades heavily on its historic Irish identity. Highlights include whiskey tours, tasting sessions, and a whiskey master class. In 2014, a €35 million distillery opened at Clonminch on the outskirts of town, bringing whiskey production back to the area after a gap of 60 years. The company embarked on a €10 million global marketing campaign, and today it's the world's second-largest and fastest-growing Irish whiskey brand—just behind Jameson. It's all a far cry from humble beginnings in 1829 when Tullamore Distillery was founded. It was greatly expanded under the aegis of Daniel E. Williams, whose family became joint shareholders, and his own initials (D.E.W.) were added to the whiskey's name, inspiring the slogan "Give every man his Dew" (which appeared on the bottles for many years). Triple distilled, and made from a unique blend of single malt, pot still, and grain whiskey,

it is regarded by connoisseurs as exceptionally smooth. Guided tours include the Curious Taster's Journey (€16), which includes a triple tasting, a Whiskey Wise master class (€29) with six tastings of rare whiskeys, and the Ultimate Distillery Experience (€90) lasting three hours, where you can create your own unique whiskey and sample some exclusive blends. For an extra-special tipple ask for a bottle of the limited-edition Old Bonded Warehouse whiskey, sold exclusively on-site and priced at €58. Check the website for tour and tasting schedules.

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Sight Information

Address:

Bury Quay, Tullamore, Co. Offaly, Ireland

Phone:

057-932–5015

Sight Details:

  • Free entry to shop

Published 01/20/2010

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