Distillery: Jameson (Dublin)
From The Distiller: “We take the best of pot still and fine grain whiskeys. Then we triple distill them – not because we have to, but because it gives it its signature smoothness. Finally, we age them in oak casks for a minimum of 4 years.”
Jameson is considered a household name in whiskey. The majority of bar shots, such as the Irish Car Bomb, typically specifically call for Jameson as their whiskey of choice. At the price, it’s no wonder.
The Nose is full of malted barley, browned butter, tinged oak, and full of spices. The body is full but not overpowering allowing the flavor to pull through. Spice, malt, charcoal, oak, sweet honey-vanilla, and toasted nuts develop throughout the palate. The finish brings that barley back but smoked this time, much like grilled corn husk, and light honeysuckle.
Overall, at the price, you can’t really go wrong with a classic. Considering it’s enjoyable over the rocks and carries well in cocktails and novelty shots, it provides a flexible and affordable pour suitable for most whiskey collections.
Greg Sinadinos started his spirits journey writing a whiskey periodical for Fine Tobacco NYC Magazine. He began answering review requests under a social media page he named “Whiskey Culture,” which quickly merged with Greg’s passion for connecting with others and his interest in history.
Today, Greg travels the country not just looking for great whiskey, but also exploring the history and individuals that the whiskey community is founded upon. He has authored “Whiskey History From Around The World” and is the host of “The Rickhouse” web series.