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 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.
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, triple distilled, aged for 7 years. An amazingly smooth and delicious spirit. From Smithfield Village, Dublin, Ireland. 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.