At the end of every pub crawl everyone inevitably ends up on spirits, so why not start the crawl off with Ireland’s most scared spirit on Belfast’s newest walking and drinking tour?
There’s also a fair bit of culture thrown in as you tour some of Belfast’s landmark public houses to learn about Irish whiskey. But don’t worry, you get to drink plenty of it too.
The tour is brought to you by Taste and Tour – the award winning team behind Belfast Food Tours – in partnership with Dillon Bass.
Stop one: Bittles Bar
Belfast’s smallest pub with a massive Irish whiskey collection. The Whiskey Walk begins with a welcome reception drink of Jameson, Ginger and Lime
Stop 2: The National Grande Cafe
The Whiskey Walk moves on to The National for a Jameson Black Barrel Whiskey Sour demonstration and cocktail with nibbles.
Stop 3: The Duke of York
Boasting the largest whiskey selection in Northern Ireland, The Duke of York is one of Belfast’s most famous whiskey bars. Here guests will be guided through a tasting of Powers Gold.
Stop 4: The Dirty Onion
Formerly a bonded whiskey warehouse, The Dirty Onion is the next stop on the Whiskey walk. Guests will be treated to the venue’s signature Boilermaker – a perfect pairing of Jameson Caskmates and Belfast Black stout.
Stop 5: The Merchant Hotel
The final stop on the Whiskey Walk is Belfast’s award-winning Merchant Hotel, where guests will round off the evening with a tasting of a special Premium Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey Flight including Powers Three Swallow, Greenspot and Redbreast 12 Year Old.
The tickets cost £60 per person – a small price to pay for so much premium whiskey and knowledge with which to wow your friends when you’re next out drinking in the city!
Tickets can be booked online at tasteandtour.co.uk
Commenting on the launch of the new Whiskey Walk, Phil Ervine, director, Taste and Tour said: “Here at Taste and Tour NI it is our aim for people to finish the Whiskey Walk with a new found appreciation and knowledge of Irish Whiskey and the Belfast bars that serve it.”
The tour forms arguably the most interactive part of WhiskeyClub.com – a new initiative from drinks company, Dillon Bass – which will be a one-stop shop for fans of Irish whiskey to find out more about their favourite tipple.
Bringing together all the latest news and views with a guide to Northern Ireland’s best Irish whiskey bars and stockists alongside a potted history of Irish whiskey, whiskey event listings, blogs and much more, the new website has been designed to cater for growing consumer interest in Irish whiskey.
Owners of the largest whiskey portfolio in Northern Ireland, with brands including Jameson, Redbreast, Powers and Midleton, Dillon Bass has been championing the category for over 30 years, as Irish whiskey has grown to become the world’s fastest growing spirit category.
Joanne O’Hagan, marketing manager for Dillon Bass said: “We believe there is huge potential for Irish Whiskey to be become a bone fide tourism product in Northern Ireland. Our visitor numbers are growing and people want to visit Irish Whiskey bars when they come here – we’re proud to invest in this new initiative, which will highlight the many fantastic venues that are playing a part in celebrating the great heritage of Irish whiskey.”
Joe Magowan, Dillon Bass’ dedicated Irish whiskey ambassador said: “Current consumer trends are showing consumers move to brands that are crafted; brands with history and provenance; brands with stories to tell. There isn’t a better story than the history of Irish Whiskey and that is the driving force behind our new Whiskey Club.”