Irish Whiskey Review
Jameson Irish Whiskey
From the distillers website
Triple distilled, twice as smooth, one of a kind.
Jameson Irish Whiskey is a blended Irish whiskey.What’s that we hear you say. Well first we take the best of pot still and fine grain whiskeys. Then we triple distil them - not because we have to because we want to as it gives it its signature smoothness. Finally, we age them in oak casks for a minimum of 4 years.
A light floral fragrance, peppered with spicy wood and sweet notes.
The perfect balance of spicy, nutty and vanilla notes with hints of sweet sherry and exceptional smoothness.
Jameson is regarded as the best selling Irish whiskey in the world. Distilled at the Midleton Distillery in Cork since 1780, its triple distilled and is a blend of pot still and grain whiskeys from the midleton site.
Its aged for a minimum of 4 years old, so thats the age we use to calculate the value score. We believe it to be chill filtered and has the addition of E150 caramel for colour and with an average price of £22.10 which for the first offering in their core range of products, is slighly above the ideal price of £20, given other Irish whiskies can be aquired below this threshold price. It achieves a value score of 81.47, which is low for the first offering from a range. Given pretty much all of Jamesons core range are bottled at 40% abv, it doesnt bode well for future value scores for others in the range.
On the nose the grain is instantly identifiable with its distinct sweetness, although understandably not as sweet as the HAIG CLUB from review number 4, since its blended with pot still spirit. Its creamy and fruity, the youthfulness of the whiskey is evident, the alcohol is noticable. Its spicey with maybe an orange cinnamon note, maybe a satsuma? It has short lived legs. It is an inviting nose.
On the palate it starts creamy, not quite the butter others detect, its spicey and fruity, its not hot which is good as the youthful spirit is disguised well, its a little bitter syrup with the grain coming through on the mid point of the taste, again, not so grainy rich as the haig, the fruit is orange, but not quite as strong as on the nose.
The finish is bitter and spicey, notes of white pepper and quite short.
With water, there is noticable seperation of the oils in the glass, the grain has more impact with a hotter and more spicey cream. Its not a bad whiskey, but it doesnt invite you to sip neat, more it invites you to mix or have with ice.
For an overall score it gets 82/100
It wouldnt make a permanent spot in our collection unless it could be obtained for under the £20 ceiling price.