Thursday, March 3, 2011

Whisky review: Jameson Irish Whiskey

While most folks would likely dismiss Jameson as a whiskey for getting trashed on St. Patrick's Day and pretty much any other day, I prefer to give every whisk(e)y a fighting chance. If you've ever tried any of the premium Jameson expressions (12 Year, 18 Year, Gold Reserve, or Rarest Vintage Reserve), you're probably aware of the great potential of this whiskey.

Made at the same distillery (New Midleton) that produces Redbreast, Powers, and Tullamore Dew, this is the whiskey most folks will mention if you ask them to name an Irish whiskey. Well, they'll either say Jameson, or they'll say something incoherent and fall off their barstool.

Jameson Irish Whiskey, 40% ABV

Nose: Nice light fruit (lemon, under-ripe strawberries) and a little bit of something like wax.

Palate: Light again, with some honey and fruit (green apples, more lemon). Very smooth and clean mouthfeel.

Finish: A bit more weight here, with a lingering warmth. Some wood.

Rating (of 100): 82. Straightforward, easy-drinking blend. If absolutely required or even mildly prodded, I could probably chug this like Gatorade.

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