Working Holiday Ireland

Northern Ireland

Mitch's Travel 17/18

We arrived to Ireland, where we picked up our hire car in Dublin before heading to Northern Ireland. We stopped around Newgrange which is said to be older than the pyramids. Then to Boyne, which is the site of a famous Irish battle a few centuries back. Very scenic countryside here in Ireland. Now I’m not sure how well they’re regarded in the family, but I counted many black sheep here. A little sleepy, we arrived to our neat B&B in Belfast. First thing I noticed was the British flags proudly hung up around the streets. We went to Belfast castle for a walk which has a nice mountain surrounding it. We proceeded to go to the catholic quarter with some cool old pubs. Sitting down for a meal and a drink, I noted to Luce that the beer is a bit vinegary. She quite liked it, thinking it was…

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Working Holiday Ireland

Ireland Day 6: Dingle

Then morning begins with oatmeal, fruit, coffee and a roll with delicious irish butter before we meet 13 of us in the hotel lobby to walk 10-minutes to the shore for our last excursion of the trip.

Irish Adventures was our host for a 3-hour kayak trip through the dingle bay. Mikey and David got us all set up in wetsuits, water shoes, and paddles as we walk down to the water and grab the kayaks.

It is an overcast day at 60 degrees and little wind, so we have the ideal morning for kayaking. After choosing an option of single or double kayak, we are off, launching into the water and off, following our guides slowly as we all get a feel for being in the water.

We paddle across the dingle bay, then hug the perimeter of the bay to allow for passing boats. Dingle has a famous…

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Kilbeggan Single Grains, 40% & 43%

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Continuing my exploration of the constant development of whiskey brands are a pair of Kilbeggan Single Grains.

Now Kilbeggan Single Grain didn’t start out with that name. It first appeared – at least in my world – as Greenore Single Grain.

2 (1 of 1) (2) My Greenore is all gone! c/othewhiskeynut

Greenore is a port on the Carlingford Peninsular in County Louth not far from the Cooley Distillery where these spirits are distilled. The original name far more accurately represented the geographical source of the whiskey.

Greenore Single Grain came in a range of age statements. All with the same bottle design as the relabeled Kilbeggan Single Grain miniature before me. The new name brought in a commonality across the range reflecting the showcase distillery at Kilbeggan itself.

2 (1 of 1)-2 (2) Kilbeggan on a wet day c/othewhiskeynut

It also tasted exactly the same – if my memory serves me right.

Matured exclusively in ex-bourbon barrels the 8…

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🍺The Making of a Barrel🍺

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This is the final post about our trip and this series ends with a must-visit-while-in-Dublin: The Guinness Storehouse.

I never gave much thought to beer, the making of it and certainly never specific brands and how/when/where they were created. This tour was unexpectedly fascinating and the history of this company is impressive. If you ever get there, check out the video segment showing how the barrels above were made back in the 1700-1800s. The creation of one barrel was an unbelievably time-consuming and precise effort. To think that nearly a million barrels were being shipped in a time when automation was not contributing to the creation of the barrel is mind-boggling. (A quick search of YouTube shows parts of this video I’m referring to if you’re interested.)

As you’ll see in the photo below, Arthur Guinness was the founder, developer and entrepreneur who built the Guinness beer company. I don’t…

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