Dublin: While having an affinity for all things whiskey, I spent a lot of my time in Ireland visiting distilleries. I began my trip at the Jameson experience and started the morning in Dublin (fresh off the flight) with a dram you can only enjoy at this Jameson location. Finished in a sherry barrel, this special edition tasted like Jameson, only sweeter and more complex. Yum.
While Dublin nights were filled with ghost tours, karaoke with the locals, and the Mayweather vs McGregor fight, we managed to sneak out to Ireland's countryside after just two nights and made our way to Dingle.
I found that Dingle, a picturesque town located off the coast of the North Atlantic, is great for exploration and relaxation. Walk around, and you'll find locally made sea salt ice cream, fresh seafood, and take a small boat in nearby Ventry far out enough, and you may just find a large seal colony, like we did.
This small town is also home to one of Ireland's only remaining independent distilleries: Dingle Distillery. The mash's aroma filled the small distillery the morning of our tour.
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After two nights in Dingle, we hit the left side of the road to make our way to Doolin, for those famous cliffs. Arriving with 45 minutes until sun down, we parked, walked up, sat on the edge of the cliffs, patiently, as birds guided by the wind soared past and over the water. We looked left and right, and from as far as we could see, we were watching the sunset alone and had the cliffs, that evening, to ourselves. No noise pollution, just the roaring winds. It was magic.
The next morning, the shuffling of other guests from the hallway to the dining room woke me. Guests were laughing and talking about their experiences and the activities they were looking forward to that day.
Our Emohruo Bed and Breakfast host smiled warmly and offered french toast, fresh fruit, and coffee- I gratefully accepted. For the day we had planned, we needed all the fuel we could get.
Writer and Blogger Brittany Lucero studied both PR and Fine Art and graduated with honors at Reinhardt university. Upon completion of her certifications, and after saving funds earned from nanny and restaurant jobs, she took two months to travel Europe alone. Since then, Brittany has made her way to several countries, including Thailand, Iceland, Japan, and recently, Ireland. Through her experiences traveling, she discovered another passion of hers: whiskey-making. From the Bourbon Trail to Japan, she's explored this subject, and currently wears many hats in her role at a local, organic distillery in Chicago while still finding time to travel- of course.