Today, I am reviewing Jameson Irish Whiskey. I have had several requests for a review of this whiskey, so I am finally getting around to it. Jameson is one of the most famous whiskeys in the world, and definitely the most famous Irish Whiskey. Simply put, Irish whiskey is just whiskey from Ireland, just like Scotch is whisky from Scotland. Irish whiskeys are typically made from malted barley, and they are often triple distilled. Triple distillation means that there are three processes of distillation required/used to separate the water content from the mash during the boil. There are some Scotch whiskies that are triple distilled, but most of them are double distilled. The primary result of triple distillation in the finished whiskey is a smoother taste, although it does not mean the whiskey will taste better, just different.
The first thing you will probably notice after you pour a glass of Jameson is the color. Jameson is a rich gold, much different from the amber color of bourbon. On the nose, Jameson is beautiful. There are notes of agave, candied yams, cereals, dense honey, and light florals. The palate is where Jameson takes a disappointing turn for me. The palate is light-bodied, and the honey and floral notes are dominant with some heather and cereal in the background providing some heft. The finish is smooth, but very short. Some of the cereal grains remain briefly, but that is it.
Overall, Jameson is a fine whiskey, and it is usually available for $25-30/750 ml. I really like the nose on this one, but the palate and finish don’t do too much for me. The whiskey is bottled at 80 proof, and it is very drinkable. It sacrifices complexity for smoothness, which makes it a great choice for somebody looking to buy their first bottle of whiskey. My grade: C. Price: $25-30/750ml. This is a favorite of many, and I enjoy it, but it is usually a few dollars more than I am looking to spend on a whiskey of this quality.