Ennis Whiskey Experience –Launch of New Tasting Tour
Led by locally based whiskey experts Eric Flynn and Paul Quin – founders of the Ennis Whiskey Club – the new expert led trail has its genesis in Ennis Food Festival, where it was introduced as part of the festival programme to great acclaim last September.
The Ennis Whiskey Experience can now be booked on Eventbrite scheduled to take place every Wednesday in May, June, July, and August.
Perfecting the Tour
Over the winter months the tour has been perfected through the engagement of eight pubs in Ennis – they are: Lucas’s Bar, McHugh’s, Dan O’Connell’s, Knox’s, Nora Culligans, Cruises. Brogans and the Poet’s Corner.
Staff in these pubs have received training over from Eric and Paul to ensure that the experience for locals and tourists alike is smooth and relaxed.
The tour will rotate between two groups of four pubs – i.e. each whiskey trail will visit a total of four pubs.
Participants in the trail will taste and experience the four pillars of Irish whiskey styles (Single Grain, Single Malt, Blended, and Single Pot Still) in four different pubs – one whiskey style per pub.
The whiskey experts will guide participants from pub to pub and will present each whiskey in a relaxed and informal manner.
As Eric Flynn explained, “Those on the trail will discover how Irish whiskey is crafted, glean insights into what makes each style unique, and above all, enjoy Irish whiskey as it’s meant to be – savoured in fine company”.
Paul Quin added, “the Ennis Whiskey Trail represents a great way for tourists to explore some of the cracking pubs nestled along the narrow medieval streets of Ennis while learning a thing or two about Irish whiskey.”
Margaret O’Brien of Ennis Chamber in her role as Festival and Events co-ordinator programmed the whiskey trail for Ennis Food Festival last autumn.
“I’m delighted to see the Ennis Whiskey Experience now become a staple tourist offering for the town. It is essential for Ennis to have a portfolio of top quality tourist experiences available in order to compete for tourism business. No matter where you go in the world walking trails, food trails and other specialist experiences are key attractors for destinations that take themselves seriously.
“What Eric and Paul have developed together with eight pubs – all members of Ennis Chamber- is exceptional. I encourage people in Ennis, especially hospitality providers to check out the Ennis Whiskey Experience trail for themselves. And tourists aside it could be a terrific corporate event for staff.
She added,”let’s not forget that Ennis is very fortunate to already have two excellent, distinct and individual walking tour offerings presented by Jane O’Brien of the award winning Ennis Walking Tours and Olllie Gleeson of Ollie’s Tours. Our task now is to add to these while maintaining product excellence.”