Dublin Whiskey Tours celebrates anniversary with Whiskey Mag feature
One year on from its debut, Dublin Whiskey Tours has been profiled in Irish Whiskey Magazine, which acknowledges it as a 'player' in Ireland's surging whiskey scene
2 June 2017
Having recently celebrated its first year of tours, Dublin Whiskey Tours has been recognised for the work it is doing in promoting Irish whiskeys with a new feature in Irish Whiskey Magazine.
The article on Dublin Whiskey Tourism highlights how Ireland has established itself as a bona fide destination for connoisseurs from around the world. Having welcomed just under nine million visitors in 2016, over 700,000 of these enjoyed a whiskey experience while holidaying in Ireland.
Identifying this thirst for knowledge, Dublin Whiskey Tours founder Andrew Rooney says he established the business to provide a premium experience for visitors and locals alike. Having always had a deep interest in Irish history, he started out working as a researcher and tour guide in Drimnagh Castle in south Dublin, close to where he grew up in Dublin.
He called on the expert knowledge of Michael Lawlor, Celtic Whiskey Shop and uisce beatha guru Fionnán O’Connor, author of ‘A Glass Apart’, to help him with the tour set-up.
A two-hour tour programme was decided upon, consisting of five premium samplings with the option of adding gourmet food tasting and aged statement whiskeys too. Tours began in April of last year.
Having recently celebrated its first year in business, customer feedback has been extremely positive with consistent five star TripAdvisor reviews.
“I had worked as a tour guide for five years,” Rooney recalls, “and wanted a tour that mixed history, literature, music, stories and everything else I love about Ireland. I decided to mix all of the above with our beautiful whiskey. It was a revelatory moment.
“On the tour, we visit four bars: Dingle Whiskey Bar, Bowes, The Palace Bar and The Rag Trader. Visitors get to hear the history of Irish whiskey, how it’s made and most importantly, to taste our great drams in the special atmosphere of a Dublin pub. Every whiskey in Ireland has a great story and just needs the right person to tell it.”