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Book the Next Tasting

    • 27 Oct 2016
    • 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    • Wynn's Hotel, 39 Abbey Street Lower, Dublin 1
    • 13

    The history of Irish whiskey is long, diverse, and as full of spirited characters as it has been with characterful spirits. And If there’s one name that runs like a bold lettered watermark across that same liquid timeline, it is undeniably John Jameson, and it’s a national tragedy that in the short history of our society, we’ve never once invited its master distiller Brian Nation to Dublin. From the raucous 18th century cradle of commercial distilling to the Victorian golden age of old Dublin Pot Still on to the category’s slim 20th century survival then to its modern reawakening, the Bow Street classic has been right at the heart of our dear distillate’s story and it’s only fair that our tribute to that heritage be just as central to our calendar this year. To that end, it is our absolute pleasure to invite Brian Nation to “speak to the nation” for the third in our centennial program of four landmark tastings in honour of Dublin’s “Big Four” distilleries that dominated fine distilling at the time of the Easter Rising.

    With the Bank of Ireland under his directorship and with plenty of imperial profits flowing in from the prestige of the family brand, it should surprise nobody that Andrew Jameson was actually a lifelong unionist. When the fighting broke out, his Bow Street distillery, like its rivals on Marrowbone Lane and (very briefly) Thomas Street, was also occupied by the Irish Volunteers, but despite his politics, the rebels seem to have done little damage to the place other than breaking into Andrew’s office and smoking his cigars. (Bizarrely enough, Jameson later wrote a letter to his nationalist opponents complimenting them on their taste!) Whatever his views on an Irish state, Jameson’s liquor has long continued to lead the charge of Ireland’s liquid revival and today sits at the dead centre of one of the most impressive spirits portfolios in the world. Finding time to distill Redbreast, Powers, Midleton Very Rare, and an ever expanding range of blends and single pot stills, present day IDL Distiller Brian Nation is still the silent guardian of our island’s best selling spirit. Whatever treats he has in store for us from that enormous range (thankfully no one had to break into the place this time), it is in that capacity, and in honour of that tremendous legacy, that we invite him now for our IWS toast to Bow Street and its history. Early booking advised as this is expected to be a sell out event.


    Doors open at 7:30pm and the tasting will commence at 8pm. 


Past events

25 Aug 2016 Dublin Chapter: Independence In A Bottle
18 Aug 2016 Dingle Event: Bushmills: An Odour of History, A Taste of the Future. Sold Out
28 Jul 2016 Dublin Chapter: A stroll through Speyside with Gavin D Smith
21 Jul 2016 Dingle Chapter: Smoke on the Water: Peated Malts in Dingle Harbour
21 Jul 2016 "Whiskey & Cocktails" by the Sea
11 Jul 2016 South East Tasting: Tullys Bar Carlow.
30 Jun 2016 Dublin Chapter: Holy Smoke: A Fine Cut From the Malts of the Fèis Ìle
29 Jun 2016 World Whiskies
23 Jun 2016 Dingle Chapter: IDL distillery visits Dingle SOLD OUT
09 Jun 2016 South East Tasting: The Dylan Whiskey bar on John street Kilkenny town.
04 Jun 2016 2016 Marrowbone Lane Pot Still (Bottle 3)
04 Jun 2016 2016 Marrowbone Lane Pot Still (Bottle 1)
04 Jun 2016 2016 Marrowbone Lane Pot Still (Bottle 2)
02 Jun 2016 Dublin Chapter: 2016 Marrowbone Lane Pot Still Launch
26 May 2016 Dublin Chapter: Over the Finish Line: A Long Loving Look at Whiskey and Wine
24 May 2016 Redbreast Through the Decades
19 May 2016 Dingle Chapter: Walsh distillery, Sold Out
28 Apr 2016 Dublin Chapter: Navigating High End Blends
25 Apr 2016 1916 Rising Centenary - Rebels & Whiskey
21 Apr 2016 Dingle Chapter: Teeling distillery visits Dingle SOLD OUT
14 Apr 2016 South East Tasting: the Sky &The Ground in Wexford town.
01 Apr 2016 Dingle Event: 2016 IWS John Benny’s pub
31 Mar 2016 Dublin Tasting: Bushmills Tasting
30 Mar 2016 The Month for the "Irishman"
30 Mar 2016 The Month for the Irishman!
25 Feb 2016 Dublin Event: Earthly Powers
24 Feb 2016 Cork Tasting - CUPID comes calling to CANADA! (Shelbourne Bar - Wed Feb 24th 2016)
08 Feb 2016 South East Tasting:
28 Jan 2016 Dublin Tasting: Charles MacLean and the Scotch Malt Whiskey Society
28 Jan 2016 Cork Tasting - "OLD BUSHMILLS" A Taste of Whiskey History - Hosted by Seamus Lowry
16 Dec 2015 Cork Tasting - A Christmas Tasting Pot Still Whiskeys of Midleton - the Influence of Oak Maturation
08 Dec 2015 Dublin: IWS Christmas Party 2015
26 Nov 2015 Dublin: IWS 2015 AGM & President's Selection
25 Nov 2015 Cork Tasting - LAPHROAIG 200 YEAR ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL
29 Oct 2015 Is Three the Magic Number? Triple Distillation in Ireland, Scotland and the USA
28 Oct 2015 Cork Tasting - Technical Tasting + Hyde & Ryan
30 Sep 2015 Cork Tasting - An Exclusive Evening of Luxury Irish Whiskey's @ The CoqBull
24 Sep 2015 Meet the Distillery: The Teeling Whiskey Company
04 Sep 2015 Tullamore & Kilbeggan Distillery Visit
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23 Jul 2015 Cork Event: Rum by the Sea
27 Jun 2015 Cork Event: BACK to the FUTURE @ Old Midleton Distillery
25 Jun 2015 Dublin Event: The American Rye Experience
06 Jun 2015 Dublin Event: Dublin Whiskey Walk
28 May 2015 Dublin Event: Revolutions in Grain & Mash
27 May 2015 Cork Event: Teeling at the Porterhouse: Take II!
18 May 2015 Dublin Event: Live Meet the Masters in The Foundry
30 Apr 2015 Dublin Event: Whiskey & Food Pairing
29 Apr 2015 Cork Event: Tullamore Dew & Chapter AGM
10 Apr 2015 Dingle Event: 2015 IWS Benner's Hotel
26 Mar 2015 Dublin Event: An introduction to Peated Whiskey
25 Mar 2015 Cork Event: “Sherry Amour” – The Love Affair between Whiskey & Sherry.
26 Feb 2015 Dublin Event: Meet the Distiller: Cooley’s Noel Sweeney
25 Feb 2015 Cork Tasting - Introduction to Grain Whiskey
29 Jan 2015 Dublin Event: Whiskey Recap of 2014
28 Jan 2015 Cork Event: Tribute to Burns night
10 Dec 2014 Cork Event: Christmas Party - Whiskey all Roundy
30 Nov 2014 Cork Event: Best of Irish
27 Nov 2014 Dublin Event: 2014 AGM & Presidents Selection
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30 Oct 2014 Dublin Event: Meet the Distiller - The Teeling Whiskey Company
29 Oct 2014 Cork Event: Rising Sun over Cork
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25 Sep 2014 Dublin Event: Whiskey and Craft Beers
25 Sep 2014 Cork Event: A Taste of Cork's Whiskey History
28 Aug 2014 Dublin Event: A Trip to the Speyside
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31 Jul 2014 Dublin Event: Drink like a Dictator
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29 May 2014 Dublin Event: Dominics World Tasting
21 May 2014 Cork Event: An evening with The Irishman
24 Apr 2014 Dublin Event: A trip to the Land of the Rising Sun
23 Apr 2014 Cork Event: Teeling Tasting at the Porterhouse
04 Apr 2014 Dingle Event: 2014 IWS Dick Macks Pub
27 Mar 2014 Dublin Event: Single Pot Still Evening
07 Mar 2014 Wexford Tasting - The Wren's Nest
27 Feb 2014 Whiskey & Wine: The Craft of the Cask
30 Jan 2014 Dublin Event: Meet the Distiller Series - Midleton Masters
28 Nov 2013 Dublin Event: AGM & President's Selection
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31 Oct 2013 Dublin Event: Tri-nations Face off
25 Oct 2013 Carlingford Event: Carlingford Tasting
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27 Jun 2013 Dublin Event: Canadian Whisky
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28 Mar 2013 Dublin Event: Rebreast Revival
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29 Nov 2012 Dublin Event: AGM and President's Selection
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27 Sep 2012 Dublin Event: A Day at the Castle
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26 Apr 2012 Dublin Event: Turning Japanese
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29 Mar 2012 Dublin Event: Power to the People
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28 Jul 2011 Dublin Event: Lowland Ladies
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26 May 2011 Dublin Event: American Rye
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