Jameson Original Tasting Notes
Blended Irish Whiskey
Tasting note compiled by Mark McLaughlin (@mark_rye)
Jameson, Jamie, Jemmie, Jemmison, the most recognised Irish Whiskey worldwide, the most successful Irish Whiskey ever, and arguably the sole reason for the Irish Whiskey renaissance we are now enjoying. Out of a record 12 million 9-litre cases sold worldwide in 2019, 9 million of those were Jameson Original, it shows you the dominance of this brand in the Irish Whiskey sector, with Tullamore D.E.W Original playing a not so close second with 1.4million cases, which leaves only 1.5million cases for the entirety of other Irish Whiskey brands you see across the globe. It demonstrates just how small a piece of the market niche or craft brands are playing for.
The beauty of Jameson Original is in its consistency, to think that they can produce over 100,000,000 bottles a year and they all taste the same. It’s a blend that’s made up of pot still and grain whiskey, with the latter making up the vast majority, matured in ex-bourbon and ex-sherry casks with the latter only playing a tiny role. It’s a non-age-statement whiskey but their website states that they use whiskeys that have been matured for a minimum of 4 years.
Soft & sweet, vanilla and honey to the fore. You could argue it smells little fruity, but not particularly, however it does have a slight nutty character and has a little touch of spice. So there’s definitely a layer or two there.
Palate & Finish
There’s a hint of sandalwood up front with toasted wood and a light touch of char. It’s distinctly sweet, it rolls lightly on the palate with a kick of vanilla and nutty spice in the back. It’s got a little length while remaining openly unfruity but pleasant all the same.
It’s unfussy blended Irish Whiskey, when you’re making something of this quantity you know it’s not going to blow you away, but it’s not meant to. As they’ve been saying for years, it is incredibly smooth, whatever that means. An easy, affordable one to have in the cabinet, but still firmly a Powers man here.
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