Jameson Black Barrel Proof Tasting Notes

November 16, 2021

Jameson Black Barrel Proof

Midleton Distillery

Blended Irish Whiskey 

50%

 

Tasting note compiled by Barry Chandler (@storiesandsips)

 

Introduction

Jameson Black Barrel Proof is the third variety of Jameson Black Barrel that currently on the market – the regular Jameson Black Barrel bottled at 40% ABV is widely available and the much-lauded “Bottle Your Own” Black Barrel available at both the Midleton Distillery and Bow St. Visitor Centre in Dublin allows you a bottle at cask strength. This latest release sits slap bang in the middle of the two. Marketed as a limited release, I expect this to be more widely available if well-received. 

 

Color

Rich, dark amber. 

 

Nose (Aromas)

After letting it sit in the glass for a few minutes, a light grassy note meets the nose on the first pass, followed by a warming note of fudge/caramel still warm from the oven. Toasted oak notes more present in this release than the standard Black Barrel and that sweet vanilla-laced caramel determined to remind you it’s there.

 

Palate & Finish 

Quite light on the first sip and none of the spice I was expecting at this ABV initially, but after a few seconds, green grass coupled with a cracked pepper spice begin their (welcome) assault. The nose prepares your palate to expect a sweet, sweet experience but instead it’s more of a lightly sweetened butterscotch meets creamy butter. Taking a little air in through my teeth brings the vanilla front and center showcasing that familiar American oak note. A gingery spice wrapped in a vanilla pod brings the sip to a close with a medium-dry finish.

 

Verdict

Jameson Black Barrel was the whiskey that got me into Irish whiskey. Jameson Black Barrel Proof won’t be making me leave! While my palate has become more accustomed to/interested in sweeter, longer-aged Sherry bombs, this whiskey is a great reminder of just how good whiskeys with Jameson on the label can be – balanced, (relatively) affordable and approachable to all. The higher ABV deserves an American home though so we can convert those barrel proof-loving bourbon drinkers.

 

 

 

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