Thursday, October 8, 2009

Jameson Whiskey tour takes Mark and Lynn through the history of Jameson's Whiskey so that we can get a taste of Jameson's Whiskey...

Jameson's Irish Whiskey is kind of the Smirnoff of Irish Whiskey; victimized and disrespected simply because of it's popularity. Mark and Lynn visited the Jameson's Whiskey Distillery or should we say the old distillery that is now a museum, heritage work and tasting room (known as The Jameson Experience). Our charming host moved us through several buildings that once upon a time comprised the backbone of the Irish Whiskey industry. The danger and backbreaking aspects that once went into making a beverage that is meant to be aligned with good times and lifting spirits makes for some rich irony that was only hinted at by the tour guide.

The Jameson Experience is entertaining and some aspects of the earlier whiskey making process were fascinating (such as the use of gunpowder to measure "proof" with the occasional, predictable disastrous outcome). However, there is a commercial aspect to the whole affair (like a Jameson store at the end of the tour which sells Jameson playing cards. pens, t-shirts, shot glasses-well you get the idea) that is a little much if you aren't in the right mood. Luckily, there is a brief whiskey tasting at the end of the tour which ensures that you will probably leave in the right kind of mood...

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I (Mark) have written for The Christian Science Monitor, Clear Magazine, Picture Magazine, Film Score Monthly, Dan's Papers, Rue Morgue, In Flight USA and a lot more publications that I can't remember.... My wife Lynn was a model with the Ford Agency and her photography has been featured in most of the publications I have written for...


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