Who Needs Green Beer When You Have Jameson?
Let’s get this out of the way. Ireland’s most famous whiskey was founded by a Scotsman. Having spent most of his life as a sheriff clerk, John Jameson arrived in Dublin as a middle-aged man. We’re not sure if we can put his decision down to a midlife crisis, but it was a big move for someone who had a well-established job at home.
Jameson Original is a blend of pot still and fine grain whiskeys that is as versatile as it is smooth. Triple-distilled and aged for a minimum of 4 years, this is the timeless whiskey that turned the green bottle into an icon.
Nose: To the nose, Jameson has a light floral fragrance, peppered with spicy wood and sweet notes.
Taste: Perfect balance of spicy, nutty and vanilla notes with hints of sweet sherry and exceptional smoothness.
Jameson 2017 Limited Edition Bottle 750mL $29.99
About The Artist
This year, the bottle was designed by local Dublin artist Steve McCarthy, who merged historical and contemporary Dublin with his own unique style.
The Story Behind The Bottle
The design was inspired by the Jameson family motto, Sine Metu; which means Without Fear, and an old Irish phrase, “chancing your arm”, which translates to being open to new ideas and new people.
Two heads are said to be better than one, and this whiskey adds serious weight to that argument. Emerging from a conversation between the head distiller and the head brewer of Cork’s Franciscan Well Brewery, Jameson Caskmates has been finished in stout-seasoned whiskey casks. While the triple-distilled smoothness is very much intact, notes of cocoa, coffee and butterscotch confirm the stout influence.
Caskmates is a head-turning, modern Irish whiskey.
Nose: crisp orchard fruits like green apples and pears, mild pot still spices
Taste: Subtle touch of hops and cocoa beans, Marzipan and charred oak
Finish: Long and sweet with Milk Chocolate and Butterscotch
Twice charred for a good measure. Black Barrel is a triple distilled blend of rich pot still and grain whiskey that is matured in a mixture of sherry casks and bourbon barrels. However, unlike the rest of the range, the bourbon barrels undergo an additional charring. It’s a painstaking process, but we hope you’ll agree that it’s worth the extra effort. Black Barrel delivers the signature smoothness of Jameson Original, with enhanced spice, nutty notes, vanilla sweetness and sherry fruit.
Nose: Butterscotch and creamy, toffee fudge from the grain whiskey, peppery notes from the pot still whiskey, and ripe succulent fruits like nectarines, apricot and ripe apples from the sherry casks.
Taste: Intense and enhanced – the grain whiskey in specially flame charred bourbon barrels delivers more concentrated spice, nutty notes and vanilla sweetness, while the pot still whiskey in sherry casks adds sherry fruit flavours.
Finish: An enhanced finish, reflecting all the components of Jameson Original, smooth and mellow with an intense and rich finish.
Matured in a combination of Oloroso sherry casks and seasoned bourbon barrels, Jameson 12 Year Old is an intense but smoothly balanced whiskey. Some things can’t be rushed, and the patience allowed for this whiskey delivers robust notes of spice, sherry and toasted fruit that will appease the most demanding palate.
Nose: Intense spicy notes from the mature pot still whiskey, creating an assertively full-bodied aroma.
Taste: Significant sherry richness leading to a nutty flavour with mild woody undertones from the years spent in the cask.
Finish: Warm and long-lasting