Jameson Irish Whiskeys

Jameson Irish Whiskey

It’s my pleasure to review three editions of Jameson Irish whiskey, courtesy of a tasting at Kappy’s liquors in Massachusetts. They are made at Jameson Distillery, at their Midleton distilleries complex (County Cork, Ireland.) Jameson is owned by Pernod Ricard, a French liquor production corporation.

Jameson Irish tasting

Jameson Irish Whiskey – the standard

80 Proof. Aged in sherry casks, and then in bourbon casks, aged for 7 years.  Triple distilled, no peat. A blend of pot still and grain whiskey. The most popular Irish whiskey in the world. Light gold color, a pleasant but faint nose. On the palate it is light, fruity, floral An amazingly smooth and delicious spirit.

Jameson Caskmates

This was hard to review… but it’s basically whiskey aged in ex-stout beer barrels, from Franciscan Well, a small beer brewery in Cork. Sadly, I couldn’t stand the taste – it’s just not whisky.  I couldn’t get around the beer flavors. Malt and hops. But for those people who like to mix beer and whiskey? This might be for you. I have to admit that a lot of people I spoke to love it – and they’re all beer drinkers, so there you go.

Jameson Black Barrel

Extra aged in charred barrels, about 12 years. This added a beautiful hint of smokiness – yet without peat flavor. Darn good.

I brought a bottle home, seen here while I am getting ready for the Yamim Nora’im (Jewish High Holy Days, the Days of Awe.) The whiskey is Jameson. The book is Prayer and Penitence: A Commentary on the High Holy Day Machzor, by Jeffrey M. Cohen. The best book I’ve come across on this subject.

Jameson Irish Prayer Rosh HaShanah



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