I've recently gotten into IPAs (Indian, not Irish), so this bottling had a certain appeal to me, even though I was hardly taken with the Stout Edition.
On the nose I'm liking this already: creamy caramel on a bed of prickly hops. Aromatic notes of pine and citrus zest. Grapefruit. Nosed blind, I might mistake this for some sort of cognac, come to think of it. Sweet, fruity and herbal. Nice and complex for a young blend.
It follows through on the palate with those slightly sharp flavours from the hops augmenting the smooth triple-distilled Jameson character. Good medium-bodied mouthfeel leads into that pine and grapefruit flavour bolstered by some oak. The finish is short and slightly bitter, with some more cognac-like notes lingering.
This happy marriage of IPA and Irish whiskey has produced a dram which manages to be more than the sum of its parts. Easy-drinking, yet with more than enough character to interest and entice. I can see myself buying this again.