Posts from the ‘Jameson’ Category

Phil’s Favorite Irish Whiskeys

Of course I’m giving the nominees for my favorite Irish whiskey on St. Patrick’s Day.  What other day would be appropriate?  Be safe, and try not to do something stupid.  St. Patrick did not approve of stupidity.  Without anymore chatter, here are my Irish whiskey nominees.

Name: Jameson Rarest Vintage Reserve

Style: Blend

Age: No Age Statement

Batch: 2011 Release

Proof: 92 (46% abv)

Price: $300-350/750ml

Notes: Although this Jameson does not contain an age statement, this particular release was a blend of older grain whiskeys (the oldest of which was 31 years old) and younger pot-still whiskey aged in port pipes (the oldest of which was 15 years old), which is why the price point on this whiskey is so high.  This is a rich, creamy, expressive whiskey with a lot of different flavors going on.  The flavor profile works everywhere from espresso and mocha flavors to crème brulee and rich toffee sweetness.  This is a hard whiskey to find, but well worth it if you can find it.

Name: Redbreast 12 Year Cask Strength

Style: Single Pot Still

Age: 12 Years

Batch: B1/13

Proof: 119.8 (59.9% abv)

Price: $60-70/750ml

Notes: Most Irish whiskey has the reputation of being silky and smooth, but this is not that type of Irish whiskey.  Every year, Redbreast releases a limited edition of their 12 year-old at cask strength.  There are several batches of this juice that could have made this list, but this particular batch was my favorite.  This batch was aged exclusively in refill Sherry casks, and it yielded flavors of toffee, raisins, espresso, and rich vanilla cream frosting.  At cask strength, this is a big, bold beauty of a whiskey.  Although this is a limited release, it is available at higher end liquor stores with larger selections of Irish whiskey.

Name: Redbreast 15 Year-Old

Style: Single Pot Still

Age: 15 Years

Batch: N/A

Proof: 92 (46% abv)

Price: $80-90/750ml

Notes: This expression of Redbreast offers a different take on the Redbreast house style in that unlike most Redbreast whiskeys, this is aged in a combination of ex-Sherry casks and ex-bourbon casks.  The result is a whiskey with malty notes, reminiscent of Irish soda bread.  There are also orchard fruits present, dark chocolate, and some bitter orange peel, flavors not present in other Redbreast expressions.  This Redbreast drinks more like traditional aged blends of Irish whiskey, a great different take on Redbreast.  This one is readily available, and comparable in price with many single malt Scotches of the same age and casking.

Name: Redbreast 21 Year-Old

Style: Single Pot Still

Age: 21 Years

Batch: N/A

Proof: 92 (46% abv)

Price: $200-225/750ml

Notes: This expression of Redbreast is the same pot still whiskey that has always been a part of the standard 12 year-old, aged in the same Oloroso Sherry casks.  The only difference is 9 years, and those 9 years do wonders to bring forth rich baking spices, mango cream, and blackberry cream cheese flavors.  This is a difficult whiskey to find, but not impossible.  And, if you’ve got an Irish whiskey lover in your life, this makes one hell of a gift.

Name: Teeling Single Malt

Style: Single Malt

Age: No Age Statement

Batch: 2015 Release

Proof: 92 (46% abv)

Price: $45-50/750ml

Notes: Teeling has been sourcing and bottling great whiskeys for a few years now, and this expression is no different.  Although there is no age statement on this whiskey, the label states that there is whiskey as old as 23 years in the bottle.  There is also whiskey from five different cask types (Sherry, Madeira, White Burgundy, Cabernet Sauvignon, Port) in the final product.  The result is a stunning whiskey with flavors of fresh raspberries, white grape preserves, bread pudding, and fresh red apples.  This whiskey is hard to find because of its limited release in the United States, but it is not an especially sought-after whiskey, which makes it available for those who know where to look.

Jameson 12 Year Select Reserve Irish Whiskey Review

Well, the Masters is underway, and of course, the top-ranked golfer in the world is the story this week.  Will he get the career Grand Slam?  Will he head to Chambers Bay in two months with a Rory Slam on his mind?  Those questions are yet to be answered, but his opportunity this week seemed like a good reason to review another Irish whiskey.Rory McIlroy

Today, I’m reviewing Jameson 12-Year Select Reserve, a blended whiskey with a slightly higher percentage of pot-still whiskey than the standard Jameson label.  Another difference between the 12 year-old edition and the standard Jameson blend is that the older of the two has a bit more sherry-aged stock than its younger sibling.  The result is a whiskey that has a woodier, darker take on the standard Jameson profile.  Jameson 12-Year Select Reserve is bottled at 80 proof (40% abv).

The nose is definitely oakier than standard Jameson, taming some of the fruity alcohol notes. The nose here still yields pears, red apples, and vanilla, but also brings forth red wine notes, oak, and raisins. The palate is soft and creamy, with vanilla, whipped cream, sandalwood, pears, sweet and tart apples, walnuts, and oak. The finish is short, sweet, fruity, and slightly tannic.

Overall, this is a definite improvement on the standard Jameson blend.  There is a good bit more depth to this, and it seems that the wood has influenced this whiskey a great deal more than in younger Irish whiskeys.  The classic flavors of Jameson remain, but this has more depth and body to it.  My grade: B-.  Price: $60-70/750ml.  This is a very enjoyable whiskey, easy-drinking and pleasant all the way through; there are better value buys at this price point, though.

Jameson Irish Whiskey Review

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.