Jameson is a blended whiskey from Ireland that pays attention to the Indian market. Their merry brand ambassadors actually live here, build relationships with night spots to create cosy corners for Jameson events and every once in a while put together Irish evenings with Indian whisky tasting groups.
Our tasting team originally experienced an ‘Irish Night‘ November 2013 with no less than nine whiskies sampled! The lads from Jameson put together a blind comparison between Irish, Scottish and American whiskey plus most of the Jamesons’. We scored the 18 year, Green Spot and Redbreast.
What follows is an extract from that evening’s adventures focused only on the tasting notes for Jameson. For the full version – see the original post on Everyday Adventures in Asia.
Jameson Original NAS 40%
- Nose – Sweet caramel, apricot and a hint of pine nuts, nutty vanilla
- Taste – Honey sweet, sherry smooth with cherries and a hint of leather
- Finish – Nothing much really
- Water – Just too light… in a word DO NOT add
- Our verdict? Certainly light and sweet, the kind of whiskey you aren’t adverse to mixing or for some, just knocking back.
- Additional info – The Jameson lads shared that though no age is stated, typically the Jameson Original contains whisky aged between 5 – 7 years
Jameson 12 Year Old Special Reserve (Formerly known as Jameson 1780) 40%
- Nose – Sherry dried fruit, raisins, like an apple pie or crumble
- Taste – Cherry with the sherry even more pronounced than the Jameson Original, a bit of pine nut
- Finish – One single note – nothing more. Certainly not the vaunted “warm long finish” however at least it didn’t disappear almost instantly like its “Original” cousin
- Our verdict? Again, value for money, pleasant, decidedly on the sweet side
Jameson Gold Reserve (uses virgin American oak) 40%
- Nose – Sweet bourbon style, light
- Taste – Hint of pepper
- Finish – Not quite a bourbon finish
- Our verdict? It is a bit confused… not quite a bourbon yet trying to be… honestly? If you really are in the mood for a bourbon, just get a bourbon! However if you don’t mind a bourbon twist in your Irish whiskey, enjoy!
Jameson 18 Year Special Reserve 40%
- Nose – Sweet, creamy, full-bodied
- Taste – Leathery, overripe peach, scent of rubber, hint of coffee
- Finish – Warm.. remains and stays… with a slightly woody, bitter kerela finish
- Our verdict? Certainly the most interesting of the Jameson’s sampled and one heck of a good whiskey. However while it is enjoyable, has tough competition in this pricier bracket
For Irish whiskies tried til date, Yellow Spot is my favourite. However I’m always open to try more!
Check out other whiskies sampled from Ireland:
- Green Spot
- Teeling Single Malt
- Tullamore D.E.W. Phoenix 55%
- Tyrconnel 10 year Madiera cask
- Yellow Spot
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