Whenever you think about Irish whiskey, there is a good chance that one of the first brands that will come to your mind is Jameson. The wide range of whiskey they offer begins with the classic Jameson Irish Whiskey, which is well known as part of your Jameson and Ginger. It ends up at the top shelf with the 18yo, which is quite a treasure. But today is St. Patrick’s Day and you might want to have more than just one precious dram. In that case, the Jameson Select Reserve Black Barrel (which got the “Select Reserve” dropped from its name in 2016) is a good choice. It is an affordable whiskey that offers excellent value for money. Once opened, you and your friends can easily empty the whole bottle in just one night without regrets. Matured in heavily flame-cut bourbon barrels and slightly toasted sherry casks, this blend of pot still and grain whiskeys does not only have clear vanilla notes, but also an extra portion of fruitiness.
Eye: Golden and red copper. But this whiskey does not get its colour from the barrels alone. It is coloured to guarantee a constant look.
Nose: A distinct sweetness combined with yellow fruits like apricots, papayas, bananas and above all ripe pears. It is like an exotic fruit cocktail, but instead of an orange slice there is some butter toffee dangling at the bezel. The toffee steps more and more into the foreground the longer you wait.
Palate: Not as sweet as you would expect. Now there are oaky notes, spices and vanilla. Of the fruits you sniffled before, only small hints are left.
Finish: Long, dry and smooth with oaky, wooden notes.
Type: Irish Whiskey
Age: No Age Statement
Alc. volume: 40%
Bottle size: 0.7 litres
Price range: ~30.00 Euro
More info: http://www.jamesonwhiskey.com/ (Distillery)