Irish whiskey has been on a tear lately and leading the charge has been Jameson which is now the number one selling Irish whiskey in the world with my beloved Bushmills coming in second. The standard Jameson is single-dramedly responsible for a large chunk of the current boom as a new generation of drinkers are discovering the joys of Irish whiskey.
Like many Irish whiskeys Jameson is triple distilled, compared to the typical 2x distilled of Scotland and America, which removes more “impurities” and gives it more of a light clean flavor. Think of how vodka brands hype their 6, 7, 8, etc, distillations to achieve an even cleaner and lighter spirit. Jameson is also a blended Irish which means the 3x distilled malt whiskey is blended with grain whiskey which lightens the flavor and texture even more.
Overall Jameson is a tasty whiskey that I enjoy for what it is. It’s not my first choice neat, but on the rocks it’s nice and as a mixer it’s excellent. In my opinion the Jameson original is a little lighter on flavor than Bushmills white label and a smidgen unbalanced with the grain alcohol showing up a bit too much on the nose and palate to be a daily drinker for me. Still, it’s decent stuff and I’m happy to see so many people “discovering” Irish whiskey because of it.
If you’ve had Jameson Irish Whiskey add your own notes or thoughts in the comments below.
Jameson Irish Whiskey Review
Distiller: John Jameson & Son / Irish Distillers Limited @ Midleton
A wafting of grain alcohol is the first thing that meets the nostrils followed by honey, pear and an ambiguous over ripe orchard fruit. A bit of malt and citrus are wandering around in there with a strange dusty quality running throughout.
A light and clean tasting beverage that starts out with malt, vanilla and under ripe citrus. Included in this flavor package are some grassy notes, cocoa and an ambiguous fruit that borders on banana with the alcohol making a strong statement, especially in the back end, with just a touch of caramel sliding around.
Light, smooth and easy to drink.
Malt and alcohol with a touch of oak and earth. It has a very short finish which I don’t really mind in this case.