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Type – Irish
Age – Estimated 4 Years
Location – Ireland
Casks – Ex-Bourbon & Sherry Butts
Price – £23.95
Smokiness – 0/5
Fruitiness – 2.5/5
Oakiness – 3/5
Spiciness – 2/5
Boldness – 2/5
There won’t be many bars in the world where you don’t see a bottle of Jameson Irish Whiskey in their spirits line up. It’s one of the most recognisable spirit brands in the world. Some countries see this as a premium product while for others it’s merely firewater. That being said Jameson’s core Irish Whiskey product is too big to not review.
Its strength lies in simplicity and accessibility. The nose is very welcoming to those who are new to the world of whiskey. It’s sweet and creamy. There are notes of caramel and vanilla. When you taste it, you pick up the same attributes but as Jameson so famously claim, it’s smooth. There are two main reasons for this. Firstly, Jameson triple distill. Double distilling may have a combination of stronger (purer) and weaker spirit but triple distilling increases the percentage volume further to make the overall batch stronger, therefore purer, therefore smoother. Secondly, they use predominantly ex-Bourbon barrels and Sherry butts which adds to that subtle oaky and sweet flavour.
It’s understandable to see why Jameson’s Irish Whiskey is appreciated by so many. It’s good value for money and is a lot cheaper than many other whiskies out there. Even though we’ve given this spirit a mid-level rating, don’t be deterred by that. It’s still a fantastic option out there but it’s clearly made for the mass market with the short maturation period. A simple choice but simplicity has its moments.
Apart from the whiskey itself, if you’re ever in Dublin, do check out the Jameson Distillery. While it’s not a functioning distillery as that moved to Southern Ireland, it’s still a great experience as Pernod Ricard have not held back with the tour from the cinema start, through the full on museum and finishing with tastings (if you choose too).
This is a versatile drink and it’s quite light so you don’t really need to add water but ice will compliment it nicely. Dare it be said but this is a mixer option as well. Jameson themselves are fond of the Jameson, Ginger Ale and Lime combo. It’s refreshing and on a night out can make a great contrast from beer.
Folk, Acoustic, Country, Pop, Reggae
This might be a contentious choice but we must leave discrimination at the door (and out of anything in fact). You’d think we’d jump to an Irish folk group but you’re wrong. Both the US and Ireland share the same spelling of whiskey with an e. Jameson Irish Whiskey is also hugely popular in the US. The Zac Brown Band is a hugely popular group from Southern America and while it’s probably more logical to pair them with a Bourbon, we think that their energetic, acoustic, big band style is aligned to the Irish ways as well. The Foundation is a great album. It’s easy to listen to and caters for the mass market. This is why we think it’s a perfect pairing for Jameson’s Irish Whiskey.