By chance I got the possibility to try to Jameson bottles with the same whiskey, but a decade apart. One from the 1980s and one from the 1970s, so both bottled over 30 years ago. The 1980s was much to my liking. Let’s see how the 1970s fares. It it a touch darker than its younger brother.
This nose really feels (smells!) a bit old school. As if I am nosing this in a dusty library, in the antique book section. A touch of rubber, that evaporates quickly, precedes yellow fruit and peaches. Well… it does show some OBE as well. Even the scent of drain. I’ll leave it to breath for a few minutes. Caramel and burnt wood. Light sherry influence. But it never really turns out right. Maybe the bottle wasn’t sealed properly.
No complaints on the palate though. Sweet, creamy, spicy. Less fruity than later versions. More caramel and wood. The spices are quite loud: liquorice, nutmeg, cloves and ginger.
The finish is medium long, sweet with a touch of woodsmoke.
Pity that this one shows so much OBE, making this a stinky winky. Older is not per se better, although this may be due to a badly sealed bottle, allowing for oxidation.