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Summer and Whisky: all the Museums to visit during your vacation

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July 20, 2022

8 Whisky museums and tour visits to book for Summer 2022

Summer has finally arrived (or at least, summer has arrived for all of your friends living in the northern hemisphere). You have probably already booked your holidays and are looking forward to enjoying your well-deserved time off. If you still don’t have an itinerary for these days, here are some suggestions for every whisky lover: whisky museum tours.

What better time to savour a little whisky culture than during a period of complete relaxation?

So here are the whisky museums you’ll want to visit this summer. Enjoy!

Irish Whiskey Museum, Dublin

Where: 119 Grafton Street, Dublin 2, Ireland
Phone number: +353 1 5250970
Email for info: info@irishwhiskeymuseum.ie

Visiting the Irish Whiskey Museum in Dublin is like taking a trip back in time. it’s a real journey of discovery into the origins of Irish whiskey. You will be taken on a tour of each era and historical period, and of course, at the end of your journey, you will be refreshed with a sip of whiskey for tasting!

For a little extra, you can turn your tasting experience into a premium tour: you can sample some fantastic whiskies and take home a unique souvenir.

Visit the website to discover all the available tour options.

Scotch Whisky Experience

Where: 354 Castlehill, The Royal Mile, Edinburgh
Phone number: 0131 220 0441
Email for info: info@scotchwhiskyexperience.co.uk

Of course, the Scotch Whisky Experience in Edinburgh cannot be missing from this list.

This centre attracts visitors from all over the world, which probably makes it one of the largest and most popular whisky museums in existence. In other words, if you are visiting the Scottish capital, you just can’t miss it.

There are several tours planned, you just have to choose the one that appeals to you most!

What will you find inside? A narrative journey through the history of Scotch whisky, an endless collection that will leave any hard-core collector speechless, and much more. But we don’t want to spoil the surprise…

Johnny Walker Experience

Where: 145 Princes St, Edinburgh EH2 4BL

Johnnie Walker Experience in Princes Street takes visitors on an immersive journey through the 200-year-old brand’s history. Here, you can relax and enjoy this full-sensory adventure. Visitors can choose between different routes that will take them through different stages and experiences. Moreover, you can discover unique personalised gifts and exclusive cocktails and cuisine, all served with the amazing views of Edinburgh Castle from the rooftop bar.

All you have to do now is choose from the many activities available the one you want to do!

Whisky-Museum Kyrburg

Where: Auf der Kyrburg 1, 55606 Kirn, Germany
Phone number: 06752-91190

This place is unique. it is much more than a museum. it is also a pub and restaurant. So, between courses, you can decide to look around and admire the collection of 5200 different whisky bottles, historical documents such as advertising posters, as well as distillery equipment, wooden barrel tools and a copper still, and other items used to sell whisky.

But be very careful when booking your visit: choose your day in advance so as not to miss one of the tastings!

Whisky Kruger Museum

Where: Hauptstraße 2, 24361 Holzbunge, Germany
Phone number:  04356 - 8 67 91 25
Email for info: Service@WhiskyKrueger.Eu 

This is another fantastic collection that you definitely don’t want to miss the chance to take a peek at if you are in Germany. Indeed, Thomas Krüger’s Whisky Collection shows the full range and variety of whiskey in all its forms.

Today the collection comprises 7,132 whiskies bottles with 487 of them produced before 1945, and other distillery bottlings from the 70s and 80s with varying packaging.

I mean, this collection has the wow effect guaranteed!

The Unseen Valentino Zagatti Collection

Where: Industriekade 18A, 2172 HV Sassenheim, The Netherlands

The Valentino Zagatti collection is one of the most fantastic whisky collections ever. And we say this with full knowledge of the facts.

Here is housed what is probably the oldest unopened bottle of whisky ever, dating back to 1843. 

Most of the collection is Scotch Whisky (so if you’re a lover of the genre, it’s a must-see!). The collection has several bottles produced during World War II and about a quarter of it is from three distilleries: Glenfarclas (126), Macallan (294), and Glen Grant (229). 

An interesting library to visit after all!

Yamazaki Whisky Museum

Where: 5-2-1 Yamazaki, Shimamoto-cho, Mishima-gun, Osaka
Phone number: +81-75-962-1423

At the moment, it is still very difficult for visitors to enter Japan due to restrictions on Covid-19. If you are one of the lucky ones who managed to secure an entry ticket to the country and are a fan of Japanese whisky, you cannot miss the Yamakazi Whisky Museum in Osaka.

In order to be admitted, you will have to book your experience. But the effort is definitely worth it. Through the museum halls, you can trace the history of Japanese whisky, admire a library of thousands of bottles and, of course, have a whisky tasting at the end.

Oscar Getz Museum of Whiskey History

Where: 114 North Fifth Street Bardstown, KY 40004, USA
Phone number: (502) 348-2999

If you are in the Kentucky area and love American whisky, you cannot miss the Oscar Getz Museum of Whiskey History.

The museum is located in Spalding Hall, built in 1826. ​​The collection housed in this museum includes a display of more than 5,000 whisky artefacts and memorabilia, antique bottles and jugs, vintage liquor advertisements, black and white photos of Prohibition bars, and an authentic old moonshine still and a small shrine to the famous alcohol enemy Carrie Nation. Simply put, a real gem to visit and tell your friends about.

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