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Jameson Black Barrel

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@MegawattReview by @Megawatt

9th May 2020

1

  • Nose
    22
  • Taste
    21
  • Finish
    18
  • Balance
    19
  • Overall
    80

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I'm not the biggest fan of Irish whiskey. I often find them a little too austere, bordering on tasteless. Picked this Jameson up on clearance.

On the nose it is mellow, balanced, and inviting. Sweet and woody with creamy caramel, oak char, and a fudgy chocolate note. Very nice so far.

Smooth and light on the palate, with that metallic bite typical of triple-distilled Irish. A hint of apricot, followed by lots of tingling spices. Some bitterness at the back of the tongue. Pretty typical of an Irish blend, but punchier.

The finish has tinned peaches. A little sweet, and a little bitter. Balance-wise I find this a bit front-loaded as young whiskies sometimes are, with the nose and palate entry coming on strong while the finish is a little weak. So it loses a few marks there, but nevertheless it is a peasant enough whiskey which is worth checking out when discounted, though I'm not sure I would pay full price for it.

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6 comments

@Megawatt
Megawatt commented

Hi, just an update: this probably deserves a higher score. It is really quite good. Seems that there is some sherry cask involvement, judging by the richness of the spirit and the fruity smell in the empty glass.

9 days ago 0

@cricklewood
cricklewood commented

@Megawatt it's a rather nice blend, I picked one up last year on the recommendations of this very site and wasn't disappointed.

9 days ago 1Who liked this?

@Nozinan
Nozinan commented

@Megawatt I think you still have time to edit your score

9 days ago 0

@Megawatt
Megawatt commented

@Nozinan I thought so too but it will only allow me to change the images. Oh well, you get the idea.

9 days ago 0

@Megawatt
Megawatt commented

This is to regular Jameson what Black Bush is to Bushmills Original. I think that about sums it up.

9 days ago 1Who liked this?

@Nozinan
Nozinan commented

@Megawatt My mistake, I thought you were referring to today's review. Before the reboot a few years ago, we could change scores, which is why I took to putting them in the body of my review. In the current platform you can't change the scores after 1 h

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