Located at 51 South Great George's Street, Dublin 2, and famed for having one of the best pints of Guinness in Dublin, the Long Hall is sometimes overlooked when it comes to whiskey. For those who haven't visited trust me - it has quite an astonishing collection! The pub's owner, Marcus Houlihan, has made sure to maintain the pubs reputation among whiskey lovers by constantly adding to the Long Hall's library of spirits.
A picture speaks a thousand words, so here's a glimpse at their menu, the bar, their shelves:
For me, the Long Hall typifies a true Dublin pub - friendly, knowledgeable bar staff serving drinks to a warm, bustling crowd in a moody, Victorian decor.
The pub itself is over 250 years old, having obtained it's license in 1766. In fact, when James Powers' distillery opened around the corner in 1791, it's said that employees from the distillery would frequent the Long Hall. It's fitting then, that for their 250th anniversary, the Long Hall teamed up with Powers to bottle the "Powers Long Hall Single Pot Still Single Release Cask".
As only 252 bottles were released, we haven't had the chance to taste it, but the tasting notes describe pretty much what you'd expect from a Powers Pot Still - "spicy flavours, complimented by the creamy mouthfeel. It's finishing in American bourbon barrels adds to the complexity and allows the distillate driven style to shine".
Have you visited the Long Hall? Have you tasted their Powers release? Let us know in the comments below, we'd love to hear your thoughts.