- Distiller: John Jameson & Son / Irish Distillers Limited @ Midleton
- Irish Whiskey
- Region: Ireland
- ABV: 40%
Having been drinking the specialty versions of Jameson– Cooper’s Croze, Black Barrel, etc – I decided to return to the original and ensure that it was still a solid whiskey. In my personal opinion, it continues to be a quintessential Irish blend.
The bottle is green and the label is iconic. On opening the bottle, it smells of pears and ripe apples, a little bit of honey perhaps. Once poured, the liquor is a citrine color, pale gold. It looks and smells promising for a light indulgence in the middle of the day.
It’s appropriate for this hot afternoon because it is a light and clean tasting drink. It starts out tasting mostly of malt and vanilla, with strong notes of fruits. If you let it roll around your tongue for a moment, you can also taste some grassy notes and caramel in there.
The finish is short to medium length and pleasant either way. It tastes of honey and spices, a bit of oak and a lot of malt. Lingering tastes of butterscotch and chocolate remain on the tongue.
It’s an easy drink standing alone, lighter and creamier on the rocks. It is also a cooperative liquor for making mixed drinks, complimenting its partner tastes. All in all, you just can’t go wrong with this classic. I recommend it to those just starting out with exploring whiskey and those who have a long standing love for it. It’s refreshing taste is pleasing to most palates, however refined they may or may not be.