This week I had the pleasure of taking the first whiskey walk around Belfast and although I was suffering from a cold and it was a horrible wet,dark night I loved it and want to recommend it to you all.
It was such a fun night checking out some amazing Irish Whiskeys. Being served them straight up, in cocktails,part of a boiler maker,signature serves etc. you find out which combination is your favourite, what whiskey appeals to your senses and you get to meet new people and have a lot of fun on the way.I see it as a fantastic hen/stag night out or a brilliant ice breaker on a corporate night but overall I think it’s fun for all ( even if you are normally a cocktail girl. You will surprise yourself!)
Tickets cost £60 and include:
· 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 two: 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 three: 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 four: 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 five: 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.
Dillon Bass launched the new whiskey walk alongside it’s New Whiskey Club this week.WhiskeyClub.com is a new initiative from the drinks company it’s to be the new Mecca and one-stop shop for fans of Irish whiskey to find out more about their favourite tipple.
Commenting on the launch of the new initiatives, Joanne O’Hagan, marketing manager for Dillon Bass said: “At Dillon Bass we have been passionate about Irish Whiskey for a long time. We have been working with the industry over a number of years, educating and training on Irish Whiskey, and we recently employed a dedicated Irish Whiskey Ambassador, Joe Magowan earlier this year.
“It is great to see the growing interest in Irish Whiskey – from bars and retailers but also from consumers. This interest is growing locally but also on a global scale – Irish whiskey is the fastest growing spirits category in the world. And we are seeing that growth in Northern Ireland with Jameson in double digit growth year on year.
Dillon Bass has partnered with Taste and Tour – the award winning team behind Belfast Food Tours – to add a Whiskey Walk to their list of popular tours.
Commenting on the launch of the new Whiskey Walk, Phil Ervine, director, Taste and Tour said: “We’re very proud of the Whiskey Walk we’ve created alongside Dillon Bass. Their passion for and knowledge of Irish Whiskey is second to none and we can’t wait for guests to experience our Whiskey Walk.
“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.”
For further information, visit http://www.whiskeyclub.com , follow @WhiskeyClubNI on twitter, or like the Whiskey Club NI Facebook page for further updates.
Tickets for The Whiskey Walk cost £60 per person and can be booked online at http://www.tasteandtour.co.uk.