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Old Kilbeggan Distillery

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Old Kilbeggan Distillery

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Eamonn Hourigan - ChaperoneVIP wrote a review Aug. 2020
Dublin, Ireland265 contributions59 helpful votes
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We visited the Kilbeggan whiskey distillery on a nice sunny day and it was only a one hour drive from Dublin down to the picturesque little rural village. Having arrived 15 minutes before our tour was due to commence, we had time to have a look around the outside of the whitewashesd and quaint old distillery which had an absolutely beautiful working water wheel powered by the local river. We had prebooked our tickets for a midday tour which included a whiskey tasting also. The tour was excellent. Very interesting and it gave us a good broad understanding of whiskey distillation as well as the particulars of Kilbeggan whiskey. The old distillery is quite extensive and there are lots of old antiques relating to life back as far as 1757!! When it came to the tasting, our guide Tara was a natural. She was able to explain the difference between the range of whiskeys and it was quite a fun experience too and we got to keep our sample glasses which was lovely. I'm also remember that the staff were all local people and very genuine and proud of Kilbeggan which made for a nice experience. Highly recommended.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Marcus H wrote a review Apr. 2020
Furbo, Ireland381 contributions134 helpful votes
Just happen to see sign off the motorway and what a pleasant surprise - a lovely old distillery which is in really good shape in terms of exhibition space. The tour guide was very knowledgable. Of course the tasting is always a bit of a highlight, let's hope that the multinational promoters retain this little gem, and the lovely brand of whiskey.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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mgaynor2020 wrote a review Mar. 2020
Chicago, Illinois5 contributions1 helpful vote
This was out last distillery tour on our Ireland trip. My wife was getting a bit tired of the tours. The other three were very similar. This one started the same as the others but then we went to the actual vats where you could go up and see as well as smell the batch in its three phases of distillation. My wife was starting to get into it at this point. Later we met the master distiller. We were able to ask him anything but he would not give away any secrets. In addition, you can bottle your own whiskey using a valinch (large pipette or drop that you insert into the cask and cover the top then pull out and remove your finger from the top to let the whiskey pour into a cup until you have enough to bottle). My wife took my picture of me as I did it. If you only plan on doing one distillery tour, do this one!
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Date of experience: July 2019
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ARose wrote a review Mar. 2020
Charlotte, North Carolina906 contributions286 helpful votes
I didnt go through a tour, I came on a weekend and went to the bar for a tasting. You are able to walk around the outside and their courtyard without booking a tour. You can also go to their bar area for tastings and drinks and through the shop all without a tour. I highly recommend a tasting of their staples - well worth it. The distillery has been around for a while and has some awesome old stills in their courtyard you can see.
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Date of experience: November 2019
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SF1 wrote a review Mar. 2020
Dublin, Ireland14 contributions7 helpful votes
This is a fantastic tour which brings you back to years gone past. Unlike other whiskey tours by larger corporations this tour actually shows you how whiskey was first made and all the old machinery and HUGE vats! It's a lovely little village just an hour outside of Dublin so really convenient as a day trip or as a stop off while travelling around the midlands.
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Date of experience: January 2020
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