Become a Whiskey Expert at The Jameson Experience in Cork, Ireland

Posted by: on Mar 20, 2013 | One Comment

I’m not much of a whiskey drinker, but when in Ireland, right? I visited the old Jameson distillery for a tour during my recent trip to Cork and it was more fun than I originally expected. Set on 15 acres with buildings dating back to 1795, it’s a beautiful spot to visit (as is pretty much anything in Ireland).

The distillery, located in Midleton, is actually quite easy to get to from the city of Cork by public bus. Tour tickets are about €13, and you can get a 10% discount if you book online. It’s even more affordable if you’re a student with ID.

The tour itself was very interesting, as you have the chance to see how whiskey was made back in the day. There are many steps and the process took years, all powered by a water mill! The effort we’ll go through for a good drink. Jameson whiskey is triple distilled, which they claim makes it two times smoother than other types of whiskey (see my personal opinion after a taste test below…).

This tour is really a deal when you consider just how much whiskey they expect you to consume along the way. I was presented with these three shots to conduct a “taste test” after learning about the different types of whiskey. As someone who knew zero about this type of alcohol, I considered this Whiskey 101! Despite the fact that I’m not a lover of the stuff (or even a liker), I had to admit that the Jameson was the best option of all.

After enduring the taste test, I finally got to mix my Jameson with some cranberry juice for something a little easier to swallow. And for all my hard work, I was awarded a Jameson Irish Whiskey Taster Certificate! Definitely something to add to the resume.

If you’re in Cork, the Jameson tour is a fun and informative experience that will only take about 2 hours of your day including travel time. With an affordable price that includes a tour, taste test for those who volunteer, and a free cocktail I’d say – don’t miss it!

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Win a Trip to Italy, Dublin, Paris, Scotland or St. Barths

Posted by: on Mar 17, 2013 | No Comments

Traveling the world for free? YES. PLEASE. It might be a one in a million chance, but these travel sweepstakes are worth entering – hey, you never know!

Here are my top picks for travel giveaways and sweeps this week:

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Trafalgar’s Tour Of Italy – This one would be an Italian dream come true, with a trip to Italy that includes a guided tour complete with cooking lessons, wine tastings and more. Trafalgar will take care of your round trip flight and bring you to Rome, Tuscany, Pisa, Parma, Bologna and Venice. In bocca al lupo!

Jameson’s Dublin Sweepstakes – In the honor of St. Patrick’s Day, I couldn’t leave this one out! Win this one and Jameson is picking up the tab for a round trip flight to Dublin along with three nights accommodations.

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Alouette’s “See Where Cheese Can Take You” Sweepstakes – Enter to win round trip airfare and hotel accommodations for two in Paris. You’ll also get $1000 in spending money… shopping spree time!

Wild For Scotland Sweepstakes - Why would this one be a total blast? Because you get to bring THREE friends if you win! Stay overnight in a castle, take a private seaplane flight and more as you explore Scotland, which has always been on my bucket list.

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Vince Camuto’s St. Barths Sweepstakes – This one takes some effort to enter (you have to create a Pinterest board featuring Vince Camuto items you’d pack for vacation), but it would be well worth it for a free trip to this luxe island.