First of all, it should be noted that Ireland It's a whiskey heaven. Even if you enter an ordinary pub anywhere in the city, dozens of Irish whiskeys that you will not find in other countries are waiting for you.

In this text, Dublin I will talk about 2 great whiskey bars I discovered during my travel: The Dingle Whiskey Bar and The Temple Bar. In addition to this, I will also talk about the distillery that I think every whiskey lover going to Dublin should visit.

The Dingle Whiskey Bar

Dingle Whiskey Bar, named after the Dingle distillery, which was established in 2012 in Ireland's Kerry region, is within walking distance of the center of Dublin. (click for address)

As soon as you enter the bar, a magnificent wooden wall covered with whiskey barrels welcomes you. The barrel theme is used in many parts of the bar. Here, it is possible to feel yourself in the warehouse where a distillery matures its barrels…

Dark tones are dominant in the bar. Light usage is very low. Coming to the whiskey menu, as you can imagine, Dingle has a very rich selection of Irish. Of course, not only Ireland but also whiskeys from all over the world are on the menu. Scots, Bourbon, Japanese, Indian and others… According to the information I got from the bartender, there are nearly 200 whiskey types in Dingle.

In Dingle, you can choose the expression you want alone, as well as choose one of the tasting sets on the menu.

Tasting sets consist of 3 whiskeys of 20ml each. The tasting sets that caught my attention the most are Irish Single Malts (Writer's Tears Redhead, Connemara Original, Teeling Single Malt) and Irish Pot Still Whiskeys (Green Spot, Powers Johns Lane, Redbreast 12).

I wanted to taste for a long time in Dingle Redbreast 12 Cask Strength and Redbreast Lustau EditionI had the opportunity to try.

Here are my tasting notes:

Redbreast 12 Cask Strength (%58,2 abv)

  • Nose: Quite fruity and fresh. Although the alcohol is ahead at the first sniff, it gradually softens and sweet notes emerge. Vanilla, lemon, oak and spice. A slightly burnt, delicious nose.
  • Palate: A burning and spicy palate where alcohol is at the forefront. After the heat, fruity aromas such as lime, orange and pear emerge.
  • Finish: A very long, spicy finish. Slightly burnt and dry. 

Redbreast Lustau Edition (%46 abv)

  • Nose: A nose so sweet that we can say it's like a perfume. Light liquor notes in addition to vanilla, oak and spice. Pretty soft.
  • Palate: Soft, creamy and easy to drink. In addition to dried fruits, spices, honey and vanilla.
  • Finish: Medium length, vanilla and spice.

The Dingle Whiskey Bar is a whiskey bar that you can easily choose with its barrel-themed decoration, pleasant conversational bartender and rich Irish selection.

The Temple Whiskey Bar

The Temple Whiskey Bar is a small whiskey bar located right next to Temple Bar, one of Dublin's most famous pubs. Temple Bar, which was opened in 1840, is a very touristic place and is very busy almost every hour of the day. 

The Temple Whiskey Bar is home to an amazing collection of nearly 500 whiskeys. Irish whiskeys constitute a large part of the collection, while the Scottish, American and Japanese selections are also quite rich.  

Temple Whiskey Bar is a small but enjoyable place. Each wall of the bar is lined with whiskey bottles. The part that caught my attention the most was the wall on the right with 100s of miniature bottles when I entered.

Seating is limited, so it's a good idea to go during free hours to grab a nice spot.

I entered Temple Whiskey Bar at the first opportunity I found empty, which I had passed by a few times but did not enter because it was too crowded. If I remember correctly, it was around 9 PM. If it is empty, I recommend you to sit at the bar directly at the entrance without going to the back. From here, you can sip your whiskey while watching Dublin's busiest street.  

The bartenders try to help you find the whiskey you are looking for. If you have any questions during the tasting, you can ask without hesitation.

Tried 3 different whiskeys at The Temple Whiskey Bar. Here, too, I preferred the Irish, which I wanted to taste for a long time: Bushmills 10 Single Malt, Jameson Caskmates Stout Edition and Jameson Caskmates IPA Edition.

Bushmills 10 Single Malt (%40 abv)

  • Nose: Honey, spice and vanilla. Chocolate and banana notes that increase with airiness. Light malt and ginger.
  • Palate: Spices and dried fruits are in the foreground. Very slightly burning, ginger and chocolate. 
  • Finish: Medium, spice and vanilla.

Jameson Caskmates Stout Edition (%40 abv)

  • Nose: Fruity notes of green apple, pear and lime, plus malt, spice, hops, chocolate and marzipan. It is quite dense and complex.
  • Palate: Soft drink. In addition to malt, spices, caramel and chocolate, coffee and light soot. Pretty tasty.
  • Finish: Medium length, sweet, spicy and bitter.

Jameson Caskmates IPA Edition (%40 abv)

  • Nose: Pretty similar to Stout Edition. Apple, pear, lime and malt notes are again in the foreground. But a little more fruity, perfumed and soft.
  • Palate: It is soft and easy to drink, almost as if water has been added. Spices, bitters, espresso and slightly burnt. Additionally citrus and orange.
  • Finish: Long, slightly burning, bitter, spice.

If you go in a spare moment The Temple Whiskey Bar A place where you can enjoy a lot. Here you can easily find all the Irish whiskeys you want to taste.

Temple Whiskey Bar is a must-visit for miniature bottle enthusiasts like me. Here you can add some great Irish whiskeys to your collection. Let me state that miniature bottles are not only for collection, but also for tasting.

In addition to these 2 places, there are a few whiskey bars that I haven't had the opportunity to go to, but that I will definitely stop by on my next trip to Dublin. If you have time, you can also check out these places:

There are many whiskey bars you can go to, and there are also distilleries you can visit in Dublin.

My first recommendation if you want to visit a distillery Teeling It is possible. Teeling is one of the brands that played an important role in the rise of Irish whiskey in recent years. With its interesting story and innovative expressions, Teeling is a brand that should definitely be followed. (For all the information about the brand and my trip to the Teeling distillery, you can check out the article I wrote) 

My other advice is Jameson BowSt. distillery The distillery of Jameson, Ireland's best selling whiskey brand, located in Bow Street, Dublin, was founded in 1780. The distillery, which continued to produce whiskey for a long time, was closed in 1971 due to economic difficulties and the production was newly opened in the Cork region. midleton moved to the distillery.

Although there is no production at this time on Jameson Bow St., the former distillery remains an attraction for whiskey lovers. Here, you can join an interactive and rich tasting tour with a guide, visit the Jameson store after the tour and taste Jameson expressions that you have not tried before.

In summary,

One of the whiskey capitals not only of Ireland but also of the world, with around 40 distilleries in the 19th century. Dublin, signals a return to the old days. If you're a whiskey lover, you should definitely add Dublin to your list of places to travel. As I mentioned at the beginning of the article, Dublin is a heaven for whiskey…

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