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An Offaly Nice Experience: Tullamore Dew Whiskey Visitor Centre

Most of Ireland is currently fixated on The National Ploughing Championships - Europe's largest outdoor exhibition and agricultural show -  in Screggan, on the outskirts of Tullamore, County Offaly. But travel a little further into the town itself, and you'll find an amber-filled oasis, away from the hustle and bustle of stands and stalls - the Tullamore Dew Whiskey Visitor Centre

The Tullamore Dew Visitor Centre is an intimate boutique tour centered around the heritage, history and stories of one of Ireland's finest whiskeys over the past two hundred years. Located at Burg Quay on banks of the Grand Canal, the Centre is housed in what was once the distillery's bonded warehouse.

We took a guided tour that start with an interesting and informative video reel to give an overview of whiskey making in Tullamore after which, our guide took us through the process of making whiskey and the unique characteristics of Tullamore Dew. 

The tour, which takes about an hour in total, culminates in a wonderful whiskey tasting experience where our expert guide took us on a taste tour of the various types of Tullamore Dew in the stunning tasting rooms with fabulous lighting made from old whiskey bottles that creates a warm and cosy environment. 

Being a knowledgeable 'whisky' loving Scotsman, my husband (who grew up a stone's throw away from the Glenmorangie Distillery - one of Scotland's finest whiskys -  and has a discerning palette for exquisite malts) was very impressed by the different Tullamore Dew variants and reserves while I, as the day's designated driver, took merely the 'angel's share' and the promise of a tasty wee nip of the bonded whiskey my husband wanted to buy before leaving, when we got home.

After the tour, we headed to the Gift Shop where some of their reserve and bonded whiskeys can be purchased along with other tastefully branded items and Irish gifts. We then stopped off in their restaurant and though we were tempted by the offering, we were just in the mood for a nice coffee and scrummy scones  - made fresh that day by their chef who we found out is renowned in the town for them - and we weren't disappointed! 

The Tullamore Dew Visitor Centre is a relaxed and enjoyable tour and well worth a visit. It's a perfect way to spend an an Autumn afternoon, and of course nothing will warm you up better after a morning outside at the Ploughing than a wee dram of Offaly's finest inside this cosy canal side oasis.


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