Tuesday, 25 March 2014


the suspects
On St Patrick’s Day March 17, 2014, we had been given the chance to join in on the #JamesonWhiskey twitter tasting organised by Steve Rush from the Whisky Wire. The lineup in this tasting were Jameson Original, Jameson Gold Reserve, Jameson Select Reserve and Jameson Rarest Vintage Reserve.

Irish Whiskey is relatively unknown to us and we were very pleased with the invite and what we tasted on this evening expanding our palates and whisk(e)y portfolio. Time for us to find out what the story behind Jameson is and make some notes...

John Jameson was born into a family whose motto was Sine Metu (Without Fear), awarded to them for their bravery in battling pirates on the high seas in the 1500’s. When John was thirty years old, this motto was inspiration to move to Dublin and start a whiskey distillery. He wanted to create a whiskey that was smoother as his Scottish cousins created and after a lot of experimenting he insisted his whiskey had to be distilled three times, only using the finest malted barley and hand selected casks.

Jameson Whiskey has long since left Dublin and is now being distilled at the New Midleton Distillery in Cork, where other whiskey brands such as Green Spot, Redbreast and John Powers are distilled as well, in a distillery that is capable of producing over a whopping 60 million litres of spirit per year, using a combination of pot still and column still distillation.

The recipe for Jameson Whiskey consists of a combination of malted and un-malted barley that is distilled in pot stills to reach an abv between 80 and 85,5%, and a maize-distilled spirit from the column stills that goes as high as 94,4%. These two spirits are matured in either ex-Sherry butts, ex-Bourbon barrels and ex-Port pipes, reduced in strength between 60 and 70% abv.

After maturation and marrying, these spirits are blended together, technically making it a single blend, if that were an official category.

If you would like to know what we thought of the different Jameson Whiskey expressions, please click the links below. If you are interested in buying Jameson Whisky online, the banners in our sidebars direct you to the online shop of the Whisky Exchange, where many are in stock.

Thomas' tasting notes
Ansgar's tasting notes

Ansgar & Thomas

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