Jameson is a profoundly established Irish single distillery Irish whisky, which ironically is produced by a division of the French distiller Pernod Ricard. Its origination is of a single distillery malt tradition, under single distillery principles. Unlike most whiskies, Jameson Whisky combines both malted and unmalted barley, or “green” barley, that makes up its unique and distinct taste and flavor that is famous in its field. Part of its uniqueness revolves around its legendary “Pure Pot Still” distilling tradition that continues to this day.
John Jameson established the Bow Street Distillery in Dublin in 1780, which is when Jameson Whisky began. Although a Scottish lawyer from Aloa, he married into the Haig family who founded the Hair Scotch Whisky firms who were related to the Steins, which was a well established Scottish distilling family who already had a placement in Dublin. To this day Jameson Whisky continues to be one of the best selling and highly recognized Irish whiskeys on the global market. There are several original family members which are still involved in its operation which holds standards for the continuation of tradition.
Jameson Whisky is guided by the principle of balance, their goal is to produce a whisky whereby no one flavor dominates. They strive to ensure that no one taste overpowers another. The goal is to create a sweet-tasting smooth whisky. It continues to be the largest distilled Irish whisky in the world, drawing from the original, unchanged recipe. Although perhaps not as smooth as the other distilled Irish whiskies, it is reliable and for the low cost, is versatile enough to make the difference relatively indistinguishable.
The appeal to Jameson Whisky is not only the lower-end price tag, but its consistency of quality and taste. It is an easy going whisky which is great for the unassuming whisky drinker and is a favorite for mixed drinks. It is said to have a sweet fragrance of barley with butter and subtle oak tones. The palate is described with the same characteristics. The grain intermittently turns darker and lighter with notes of spicy nut mixtures throughout. The finish comes with a honey spicy, smoky snaps of the barley that is its signature and the fade is a long, sustaining mixture of all the flavors experienced.
Jameson Whisky has the following characteristics:
- A very aromatic, waxy orange skins, linseed oil and leather nose
- Big, oily, creamy and sociable palate
- A delicate, peppery, More-ish finish
- A meeting of oloroso and crisp pot still character. Malty and lovely fruitcake-like richness nose
- A very firm, oily and intense palate
- A finish that has a hint of spice and increasing oaky bitterness through with barley and sherry to the very last end
Triple distillation is the key to Jameson Whisky and what sets its taste apart from other Irish whiskies produced and available on the market. It also draws from the natural spring water from the Dungourney River, making it truly a unique and traditional taste.