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@SquidgyAshReview by @SquidgyAsh

25th Dec 2012


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My wife purchased a Master of Malt Whisky Calender for me for Christmas. This whisky calender was comprised of 24 different whisky samples varying in whisky regions, ages, abv strengths, types of whisky, etc.

I'd tried only a few of the whiskies before, and had been working my way through some entry level whiskies, some of which I'd had before, when on the third day I decided I needed to mix things up.

I decided to try a whisky that I used to drink many years ago, abeit in whiskies and coke and over ice.

An Irish whisky.


Only this time I was trying it neat.

In a glencairn.


Time to see the differences.

Nose is sweet with citrus, apples, spices, specifically hints of cinnamon and nutmeg, some grassy notes along with oak.

Not too bad. Actually considering this is one of the whiskies I grew up on it's really nice to be able to nose it and sit there and say "whisky doesn't smell like whisky, it smells like...."

Huzzah for getting older!

Time for a drink!

Apples, pears, oak, some spices and barley.

It's not awful, however there's something in there that's actively unpleasant, something artificial, something causes a burning sensation when the liquid hits my stomach. Something chemical. Can't place it, but I don't like it.

Actually check that, it is awful.

Finish is short with pears and apples and that chemical flavor.

This is definitely a mixing whisky, if you enjoy whiskies and cokes have lots of fun. However if you're looking for a nice sipping whisky, this is definitely not the whisky for you. Mind you it runs for roughly $40-45 AUS, so it's not horribly priced, however there are quite a few other whiskies in that same price range which are far superior.

Glad that I got a chance to revisit this whisky though, especially without paying for a full bottle!

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Jae commented

Interesting review...wonder if the miniatures from the calender are different from the actual spirit that gets sold in 70cl size. Ive had Jamesons a few times and it is actually my favourite blend to drink straight. From what I remember I got more toffee or honey styled notes from the delivery too. Im guessing the bad after taste maybe related to caramel?...however I cannot recall a finish that was as unpleasant as you have described, which makes me wonder whether or not the samples are from standard bottlings. Im finding it very interesting on this site reading about others experiences with whisky.

10 years ago 0

SquidgyAsh commented

I've heard different opinions from different people as to whether sample bottles are the exact same spirit as what is bottled in the full sized bottles. I've also heard that something with the caps on the minis might prevent as much air seeping in/might not prevent as much air seeping in, etc. I've yet to see anything conclusive on it though. I personally don't remember that faint chemical flavor that wound up dominating the palate and finish on this whisky from the last time I tried it. Mind you it's been years since I've drunk Jameson straight.

The cool thing about whisky, spirits, beers, etc and palates is that everyone's got a different palate. I see it at beer tastings all the time. I can pour the same beer from one bottle into 4 glasses, all the exact same style glass, and 2 people will love it, one says meh and the last will absolutely hate it. It's an awesome thing to see and makes me constantly appreciate how very different and yet similar we all are.

10 years ago 0

Erlend commented

The unplesant thing, could it be the smell of etanol?

9 years ago 0

SquidgyAsh commented

@Erlend possibly my friend, it's been quite a long time since this tasting so it is possible, but I won't swear to it until I've retried it again.

9 years ago 0

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