In 2016 Jameson launched a new range under the banner The Whiskey Maker's Series. It consists of three bottles: The Distiller's Safe, The Cooper's Croze and The Blender's Dog. The first is the lightest of the three, chosen by Brian Nation, the head distiller of the company. He was looking for a light and delicate style and I think he succeeded. His creation is a mix of three different styles: grain whiskey, small batch grain whiskey and small batch pot still malt whiskey.
The nose is very delicate and light with the emphasis on the spirit (which is, according to insiders, between 4 and 7 years old). Creamy and fruity on barley sugars, apricots and lemon zest. But also pears, green apples and some honey are present, as are some vanilla and cinnamon. Almost fragile, so delicate is this nose.
The arrival is very soft and at first offers light fruity notes from melon, apricots and loads of citrus. Cinnamon is much more prominent than on the nose and I also get some sweet butter. Midpalate the whole evolves towards marshmallow, which I quite like. Vanilla, freshly cut grass and a pinch of white pepper.
The finish remains sweet and slightly peppery, but is not very long. Vanilla has the final word.
This is indeed what you would call a spirit-driven whiskey. Delicate and sweet with lots of fruity notes. I like it.