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Jameson 12 Year Old Distillery Reserve

A Pallet of Irish - Part VI of Whatever

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@talexanderReview by @talexander

17th Mar 2020


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Before I did this bottle, I had a can of pre-mix Jameson Ginger & Lime (6% ABV) with my dinner (grilled sandwiches and salt-and-pepper potato chips), poured into a tall glass over ice (I'm sure @Nozinan is appreciative) It's exactly what you would imagine - mix Jameson and ginger ale with a healthy dose of lime bitters - but too thin and weak. It would have been better at double the strength but still wouldn't have been any great shakes. At least I got the can for free.

Now to the whisky. This bottle is only available at the Jameson Heritage Centre in Midleton Co. Cork (I got it at the LCBO/Waddingtons auction. Guess what happened to the cork...again...)

The colour is a medium gold. On the nose this is all sherry - a bit too much sherry, in my opinion. Coca-Cola, plum pudding, forest floor, burnt walnut, cherry nibs. Water brings out a bit of malt. Otherwise, this is all cask, no whisky - but it's a hell of a cask.

On the palate - much more interesting! Big pot still - nutty with almond, graham cracker and light balsamic - with all of those dark sherry notes as noted on the nose. Some mint as well. Massive chocolate. Massive umami, and even more with water. Very interesting!

The palate is blood orange, charred oak, pepper and cloves. Comparing to the standard Jameson, and the Marconi bottling: a study in sherry. From some sherry, to more sherry, to heavy sherry. But the fruity, spicy pot still is there within all three. It's just a matter of balance - which the Marconi wins. Jameson tends to get short shrift among the whiskey cognoscenti but I find it is usually an enjoyable and complex dram, as these two (plus the standard, to some degree) illustrate.

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OdysseusUnbound commented

So is this a blend like other Jameson’s or is it a Single Pot Still Whiskey? Sounds interesting...

2 years ago 0

Victor commented

@talexander, how would you contrast this to one of my now extinct favourites, Jameson 12 YO Special Reserve? (Thank you very kindly for having sourced a bottle of the old Jameson 12 YO for me, @paddockjudge! Outstanding act of kindness, which is a regular part of your tool-kit.) Sounds MUCH woodier, and much more heavily sherried. The old Jameson 12 is quite a light, almost delicate, pleasure. .

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talexander commented

@Victor I haven't had that 12 Special Reserve in a very long time but I can tell you that this 12yo Distillery Bottling is like no other Jameson I have ever had. It almost has a Kavalan Solist Sherry Cask profile. The closest Jameson has come to it, I think, is the 18yo.

2 years ago 2Who liked this?

talexander commented

@OdysseusUnbound Definitely a blend, but I think all Jameson has pot still in it. The better Jamesons have more pot still. Because Irish pot still whiskey is amazing.

2 years ago 1Who liked this?

OdysseusUnbound commented

@talexander I can’t disagree with you there. When all this Covid madness has passed, I’m hoping to stock up on a few more Irish whiskies.

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